Far: Changing Tides review - a tense and mournfully beautiful sequel • Eurogamer.net

Much: Altering Trends evaluation – a stressful as well as mournfully attractive follow up • Eurogamer.net


In a vacant globe like that of Far: Altering Trends, it’s tough not to come to be excessively affixed to the stupidest points. A plaything slide carousel. A potted plant. A wood duck. A fantastically royal statuary of a deer.

Yet stable in the deep, dark midsts of the sea, my heating system dark as well as chilly, I was entrusted no option, was I? It was either remain below, shoals of fish circling my ankle joints, or sacrifice that wood duck as well as toss it right into the engine’s starving mouth. Yes, I’m still quite distressed concerning it.

Seemingly, naturally, absolutely nothing I recuperate from the sea flooring or the within water-damaged houses have any emotional worth. Every little thing I feed on throughout my trip has however one function: to aid power my car, an odd boat-cum-submarine-cum-land-car point that pushes Toe – that’s us – onward.

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Yet I can not appear to aid myself. Yes, the canisters of gas can be melted. Yes, I’ll give up the thrown out bags as well as bags – I question that loaded them? Where they are currently? Just how did these bags obtain below? – however when it involves the extra uncommon things, the wind-up slide carousel as well as the deer as well as a ballerina songs box, I intend to maintain them. I intend to treasure them. Since if I really did not, Toe would not have anything. As well as greater than anything, I really feel Toe ought to have something. We have no suggestion that they are or what they have actually been with, however I notice it’s a great deal. I notice it suffices for one little life time.

It’s really tough to explain what Far: Altering Trends has to do with because unless you hung around with its precursor, Far: Lone Sails (Edwin advised it back in 2018; I definitely loved it) you have actually possibly never ever played anything like it. One component puzzler, one component automotive journey video game, it really feels as well as looks a little like PlayDead’s Limbo as well as Within, however without the creepy antics as well as WTF-ness. You’re informed absolutely nothing concerning that you are, where you have actually been, where you’re going, and even exactly how you’re going to obtain there, as well as yet you find out sufficient to obtain you going. The remainder you get – in some cases swiftly, in some cases not – along the road. There are no switch triggers. No waypoints. No sound journals. Every little thing you discover as well as whatever you do can just be disclosed with your very own interest.

Toe can not pass away, neither do they run into any type of opponents along the watery method, although you must maintain your watercraft shipshape. From the outdoors, it’s apparently patched along with timber as well as steel as well as eating periodontal as well as hopeless hope. On the within, it’s a dynamic hive of pistons as well as equipments as well as gizmos. You’ll quickly concern consider it not equally as your car and even your residence, however your only buddy as well as taking a trip buddy.

While Lone Sails can be finished in a solitary resting, Altering Trends is a completely extra weak event. Peaking at around 10 hrs – well, relying on exactly how swiftly you can fix those problems, naturally – it’s not busily prolonged, either, however it offers us longer to being in this globe as well as, excuse the word play here, take in its atmosphere. The technicians must know to those of you that’ve played the original game, and not too tricky to grasp for those who haven’t; you use your sails to glide as much as possible and fire up your engine when wind power is not available. This time, though, you’re also able to dive into the ocean, too, either in or outside of your vehicle.

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Given it’s a longer adventure this time around, there’s so much more to explore, from the flooded streets you set off in, to the frozen, iceberg-crested waters you’ll navigate through later on, and I adored every moment of it. The score is an achingly perfect accompaniment, as much a part of the experience as the visuals and puzzles, but sometimes it’s just you and the sound of the sea, and that’s wonderful, too.

There are better visual cues to help you identify the wind currents and maximise your cruising speed, which makes it infinitely easier to decide when it’s time to shift from wind to furnace power. And occasionally, Toe will find their route obstructed, so they’ll hop off their boat/submarine/truck thing and explore the world to find a way around it. Well, what’s left of it.

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It’s here that Far: Changing Tides truly sings. Again, you’re never explicitly told anything, but the ruins of the world around you and the clues its people left behind – the flooded streets and the rusted prefabs and the thin mattresses and empty tin cans that litter the rooftops – tell you enough. Rusted steel pokes out of the water like copper bones. Cranes tower over the waves, teetering dangerously in the gusty winds. Some of the structures that stretch out of the waves are so strange, so alien, it’s hard to know what function they might have once served. But you know that whatever they once did, they do no more. What was once a cluttered, industrial landscape now lies silent. Cold. Dead.

There were a couple of moments where my fuel rations were terrifyingly low, though. I have to shoulder some of that blame – I have actually already told you that I couldn’t burn everything I discovered, and three-quarters of my cherished collection was still in pride of place when I finally completed my adventure – but I also accidentally headbutted the button that moves your salvage into the furnace when there was already something burning in there, too, wasting fuel. The key is to be vigilant and explore thoroughly, including under the waves, and utilising everything you find. All interactable items are daubed in the same sky-blue colour, making it easier to discern between environmental clues and interactive puzzle elements.

“Far: Changing Tides is every bit as bewitching as its predecessor…”

Is it perfect? Not quite. The limited perspective means you’ll struggle to take down the mast in time before they collide with an obstacle – unfairly forcing you to make repairs to your ship when repair tools are irritatingly scarce – and occasionally, with too many interactable items together in one place, you may find you accidentally grab onto the wrong item or moving the wrong switch or gear.

The puzzling this time around, though, is almost perfect. Neither frustratingly opaque nor insultingly easy – and sometimes its predecessor was guilty of both – I found I moved through Changing Tides at a satisfying pace without too many hold-ups and just one peculiar puzzle that nipped at my nerves. They come in different guises, too; one puzzle may task you with making modifications to the ship, for instance, whilst other times, you’re working to open a rusty gate. I think I loved those latter ones more; it gives Toe an excuse to further explore this watery world.

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There’s more, too, but some of Changing Tides’ biggest surprises are its biggest spoilers too, so let’s leave it there. I can say, however, that its most significant story beats are a gloriously satisfying conclusion to Toe’s journey. Sure, it’s possible that the long sailing sequences may be too uneventful for some; but this is one of those times where you’ve no choice but to sit back, chill out, and the journey… regardless of where it’s taking you.

Having adored the first video game, I was delighted that a sequel – or “companion piece” – was coming, but admit I was apprehensive, too. I worried that Far: Lone Sails’ unique appeal couldn’t be stretched to encompass a sequel with a longer runtime, as well as wasn’t sure the puzzling would be so endearing the second time around. If you as well are concerned about the same things, worry not. It turns out Far: Changing Tides is every bit as bewitching as its predecessor thanks to its stunning presentation, haunting soundtrack, as well as wholly unique gameplay as well as puzzle mechanics. Don’t miss it.

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