In a world where the limits of technology are pushed further and further, there is one place that cannot be touched. The Far Shore. A virtual reality game where players can explore a vast new world with no end in sight.
The jett the far shore metacritic is a platformer developed by Serenity Forge and published by Adult Swim. It was released on July 17, 2018 for PC and Xbox One.
With their debut game, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, released in 2011, Superbrothers garnered considerable recognition. It was a one-of-a-kind game, a music-inspired intergalactic adventure that got positive reviews from both fans and reviewers. You have to give them credit; they definitely know how to market a game that isn’t mainstream. They’ve now launched their newest game, JETT: The Far Shore, which is unlike anything else on the market once again. Unfortunately, it falls short of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP in terms of providing a memorable experience.
The hands of a dying world pleading for help.
JETT: The Far Shore’s concept is really very intriguing. You take on the role of Mei, an anchorite of a cult based on a prophecy stating that fresh life would be discovered on a distant planet. Mei is entrusted with locating a new planet in the hopes that it would prove to be livable by what remains of her people when disaster hits, since her present world is fading. She hops on her jett and flies out to locate the source of the “Hymnwave,” the enigmatic cry from across the stars that would hopefully lead to their redemption, after saying her goodbyes to her family and friends.
Believe me when I say that I’m making this seem a lot more interesting than it really is. While the game starts off promisingly with a meaningful premise, it quickly devolves into a boring muddle. Mei has arrived at her destination, an ocean-covered planet, after waking up from cryosleep one thousand years in the future. Her duty is to investigate the local flora and wildlife to see whether the region is livable.
Mei is finally ready to visit the strange ocean world after 1,0000 years of cryosleep.
In this way, it reminded me of No Man’s Sky, where the primary source of fun was exploring each planet and examining its flora and wildlife. JETT: The Far Shore, on the other hand, is a lot more concentrated on this element, which isn’t always a good thing. To begin with, you may only leave your jett in certain places at specific times. Even then, it’s more for the purpose of starting a cutscene than for exploration. There isn’t much to see on foot, which is a pity. In terms of exploration, all you can do is fly about in your jett, target the flora and animals as they emerge, and scan them again. It isn’t the most engrossing of game cycles.
In JETT: The Far Shore, you’ll spend the most of your time flying. Unfortunately, flying your jett is not a pleasurable experience. When skimming over the waves over vast lengths of water, there’s a kind of casual catharsis, but that’s about the only time flying is enjoyable. You’ll need to keep an eye on your energy meter to avoid overheating your engine. As a result, you seldom get the opportunity to zip about and play with your jett.
Turning is also a time-consuming nightmare. You’ll have to dodge quick opponents or hide in the shadows to recover your jett’s shield in several parts, but movement is difficult and unpredictable. It’s a pity the controls are so difficult to use, particularly given how much time you’ll be flying.
Mei will sometimes be able to speak with other pilots while resting aboard their bases.
Visually, JETT: The Far Shore is a bit of a mishmash. When you see big views of wide landscapes, which is when the game shines best, there are some really stunning moments. However, whether you go up close to something or see it from a great distance while flying, the visual beauty frequently disintegrates. The character models are intentionally rudimentary, which is undoubtedly a stylistic decision, but they just seem ridiculous when compared to the grandeur of the surroundings around them. JETT: The Far Shore also has some very bad framerate drops, which are particularly annoying while you’re attempting to avoid opponents.
The sound effects are generally good, with the jett’s engines, the smashing of waves, and the ambient noises of nature all sounding realistic. The voice acting was also fantastic. The characters communicate in a language that was developed just for JETT: The Far Shore, and it works. The synthwave music is well-suited to the game’s tone.
The contrast between breathtaking views and comically rudimentary character models doesn’t exactly work as well as it should.
Many fans were looking forward to the next Superbrothers game, but JETT: The Far Shore fell short of the entertaining, strange experience experienced in Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. It seems to be undecided on what sort of game it wants to be. There are peaceful moments of catharsis and contemplation, but enemy engagements and bad flying mechanics detract from this. Mei walks like she’s wading in honey, so even the short parts when you are permitted to wander about are difficult. There’s an intriguing idea here, but it’s overshadowed by the rest of the game’s flaws. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy in JETT: The Far Shore.
The panoramas’ vast views are really breathtaking, particularly with the dramatic lighting effects. When you get near to anything, though, the visual attractiveness disintegrates. The character models are embarrassingly inadequate, and the framerate is erratic.
When you’re aboard your ship, coasting over vast distances, the game is most fun. Turning may be inconvenient, thus traversing narrow paths might be difficult. Your jett’s boost has a tight energy meter, and you can’t truly explore the planets on foot.
The sound effects and speech from NPCs are both very good. The synthwave music works nicely with the game.
The intriguing concept is soon overshadowed by clunky flying mechanics, a lack of real exploration, and an excessive amount of scanning animals.
Final Score: 6.0
JETT: The Far Shore is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
PS5 was used for this review.
The publisher sent me a copy of JETT: The Far Shore.
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