I got to explore the beautiful and violent world of Foregone on Xbox One. Although, it’s a tough one it is absolutely worth every second of gameplay. Below we’ll take a deeper dive into Big Blue Bubble Studios’ Forgone.
“You are the first Arbiter”, are the words you read as you are immediately introduced to the beautiful art you will be bathed in while playing Foregone, the incredible looking 2D pixel, 3D looking world with crafted elements throughout the game.
Foregone is the first console title from Big Blue Bubble Studios, makers of the hit mobile game series My Singing Monsters. As you explore the fallen city before you known as Calagan, you will find incredible loot. Loot will be available to you such as weapons and abilities, to shoot and slash your way through whatever the city throws at you.
Foregone Plays Well But.. Can be Beyond Frustrating at Times
Your loadout consists of a single gun, and a single sword a a time, as well as two abilities. Guns automatically aim at an enemy, and ammo is limited but you can replenish ammo and your abilities, as well as health by defeating enemies. Although you start with just a gun and a sword, you pick up your second sword and your first ability during the prologue to help you understand inventory a little.
I promise it does not feel like you’re missing any abilities with how fluid the gameplay of Foregone is.
As you progress through the game you’ll also find secrets and collectables, such as Commander’s Logs to get added to the archives in your menus, as well as catalysts to further unlock your skill tree beyond using just coins and runes.
Selecting on teleport at the device, will take you to any other teleporter you’ve been to previously and also take you back to Outpost for the Blacksmith or whatever else you feel like doing before continuing your journey.
Upon death, you’ll return to Outpost where you encounter the mysterious looking Ferryman. He will ask if you wish to retrieve half of your lost gold and runes, in exchange for the other half but declining his offer will leave you with none.
Post prologue, you enter Silent Hedges, labeled as “Woods”, which is one of many areas you’ll traverse through. You’ll be able to save at waypoints along the way containing a teleporter to take you back to Outpost.
Enemies of Foregone
Enemies vary widely, from large enemies holding turrets to.. larger turrets and slug-like creatures that also resemble turrets but I promise this does not feel repetitive at all. There are so many more different kinds of enemies in between, this is just one aspect that makes Foregone feel fresh at every second.
Some larger enemies can throw smaller, similar enemies into the mix at once almost like a mini-boss. These mini-bosses have a chunk of health but you can slay them all just the same with your own personal combo of your weapons of choice.
From approaching a boss to all of the movements they make between and during actions, you’ll appreciate how fluid it all is.
Beware though, as there are also non moving enemies throughout this world as well, such as buzz saws. Things like this will be in places such as corners of hallways that you must pass in order to continue or reach valuable items necessary for your survival.
As you run, slash and jump your way through the beautifully sculpted landscape of Calagan, you will indulge in the art piece that is Foregone. The mixture of the mountains and ruble in the background to the metal scattered throughout the land, to the skies and underground littered with enemies.
The movements of your character and all enemies you encounter will have this beautiful 3D aesthetic to it, over this 2D foreground and it all transcends perfectly as you move though the land.
Things in the foreground and background such as fire and smoke truly show the beauty of this game and how they flow over more primitive looking graphics.
Absolutely every aspect of Foregone is beautiful, unexpected art.
Foregone Story Mode
The single-player campaign may be all that Foregone has to offer but the game is full of everything you need for a great gaming experience. From the adventure itself to everything you’ll encounter in every corner of the world you’ll explore, it’s worth enjoying.
Slide your way into hidden crevices to find more areas to explore with secret loot, such as abilities or catalysts for increasing your abilities stats, or gaining new abilities entirely.
Doing so will help increase your chances of defeating every enemy standing in your way. You must be quick while also being overly aware of your surroundings because everything is an obstacle or an enemy.
Also make sure you’re constantly watching your ability gauges as well so you know exactly when you can and can’t use your abilities to ensure your survival.
Foregone was very fun to play through. Personally, I died A LOT but the game was fun through and through. You’re probably going to die too but dying brings you back to Outpost where you can power up your weapons and abilities which will help you get further and further through Foregone.
I had absolutely no problem playing the same level again and again because I feel as though i found a new secret every other time I died.
My overall thoughts on Foregone are definitely positive, the game definitely has great replay value. I could easily pick this game up at any time and actually can’t wait to finish it all the way through.
If you get any chance to play Forgone from Big Blue Bubble Studios, definitely give it a chance. If you like platformers with beautiful modern art styles and ruthless enemies at every moment, this is the game for you.
Foregone is available for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and for PC via Epic Games Store.
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