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Shinsekai (litt.: new earth) is a stunning new metroidvania game from the Capcom team behind the first two Lost Planet games, and was released earlier today on the Nintendo Switch eShop and a few months before that through Apple arcade. The land has been covered with ice, forcing mankind to take refuge in the ocean. Years have passed, but the all-consuming ice moves slowly but steadily on, and civilization has fallen into decay. One lone survivor lives on in solitude. Desolate days lead into aimless nights, and the aquanaut passes the time in rote repetition. But one day, a chance encounter leads to the discovery of a mysterious drone-like machine. That meeting will lead them both deeper into a vast undersea world. "What happened to the world above?" "Are there others out there?" "What secrets lie at the bottom of the ocean?" Venture deeper as you seek answer to these and other questions whose answers may lie down below. The undersea world that awaits is both beautiful and terrible. Encounter sea creatures, brave mounting water pressure, and conserve oxygen as you press on into the undersea ruins, seeking the truth. Launch trailer: Official website: >> https://www.shinsekai-itd.com/en/ EDGE: 8 out of 10 Destructoid: 8 out of 10
This got mentioned a few times in the PlayStation Network and Steam threads, but, by golly, it deserves its own thread. Just two hours in, and this Metroidvania has already sunk its fingernails well deep into my back. It's gorgeous, controls very well, and the second area is pretty much 2D Yharnam. (Actually, I'm kind of convinced it's deliberately meant to be nod towards Bloodborne.) Its RPG elements are very basic (you can equip passive and active buffs, and that's pretty much it, it seems) which is a relief, allowing you to focus on the platforming and the simple, yet satisfying Souls-like combat. It's an effing shame that I'm still not entirely through with Zelda and have another major release begging for my attention (and that's even beside the fact that it's a sin that this isn't getting a handheld release; this has Vita and even Switch written all over it) but, man, I can't wait to dive into this proper. Anyone else playing this?