There are so many odd design choices in Echo Generation that grinds my gears. However, the more frustrating game design elements were often overshadowed by how much I enjoyed exploring the world, taking in the fantastic art design and listening to the game's music.
There are plenty of reasons why Back 4 Blood could be around for years as Turtle Rock adds additional content to the game, but I hope they start by tweaking what's here. The difficulty, for this type of game, feels wrong. Back 4 Blood is meant to be fun with friends, and although I'm all for the challenge and reliance on communication with your teammates, the higher difficulties are sadistic.
I'm content to keep TRIOS installed on my Switch and keep it as a mindfulness app of sorts. It's more suited on the handheld than PC, but if you're more interested in the maths side than the relaxing side, maybe you're happy to sit on your computer and solve puzzles into the night.
The game hits the right story beats to bring home a winner. Once I started playing it, I did not want to put down the controller until I discovered Abby’s fate. The narrative and narration are top-tier, the world-building and gameplay are phenomenal.