The Fall of Babylon review | Gamer on PC

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What is that? A forgettable live-service offering from an otherwise brilliant developer.
Release date March 3, 2022
Expect to pay $60/£60
Developer Platinum Games
Editor Square-Enix
Reviewed on Intel Core i7-11700K, GeForce RTX 3070, 16GB RAM
Multiplayer? Yes
Link Official site

Platinum Games’ inspiration for its first foray into the live services market is certainly ironic. The once great and revered Babylonian Empire, now reduced to ruins, serves as an apt metaphor for the game itself. A far cry from the exhilarating high-octane combat, unique characters, and compelling worlds the studio is synonymous with creating, Babylon’s Fall crumbles under the weight of bland design, repetitive gameplay, and prioritization of… paywalls versus players.

You play as a sentry, a prisoner forced to climb the Ziggurat – based on the mythical Tower of Babel – at the behest of your neo-Babylonian masters. Equipped with a mysterious artifact called Gideon Coffin, you ascend the structure’s many floors, battling blue-hued enemies known as Gallu. Manage to reach the top and you’re freed from the bizarrely named device that’s been forcibly inserted between your shoulder blades. It’s by no means the most inspired story, but it does provide a mildly entertaining way to take you from realm to realm, even if your mute hero feels utterly insignificant to the events unfolding. .

(Image credit: Square Enix)

Most of these events are told through still oil paint images, and while they are undoubtedly pretty, this approach comes across as more of a time-saving maneuver than an inventive way of weaving the story together. plot of the game. But given that the rest of the game isn’t going to win any beauty contests, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Not only is the aesthetic bland, but there’s a severe lack of detail, especially in the character models, that makes Babylon’s Fall look like something that would have been considered stale had it been released there. ten years ago.