Bright Memory Review
Microsoft not too long ago launched its next-generation Xbox Series X console alongside a slew of games for players to attempt on the brand new system. One game launching with Microsoft’s new console is the sci-fi first-person shooter Bright Memory, and whereas its budget price might make it engaging to some, it is best if most Xbox Series X early adopters skip it solely.
Bright Memory suffers from critical screen-tearing points when taking part in on the Xbox Series X, with a chugging body price to associate with it. Regardless of the game supposedly being optimized for Xbox Series X, it performs worse than another Series X launch title we tested, and isn’t a good way of exhibiting off the console’s capabilities in any respect. There’s nothing about Bright Memory’s performance that makes it really feel like a next-gen game within the slightest.
Bright Memory lags behind different Xbox Series X launch titles by way of its visuals as effectively. There are temporary moments when Bright Memory’s environments look spectacular, however in any other case the game is bland, with poorly-animated character fashions, clipping points, and all different kinds of visible defects.
Bright Memory’s characters on the whole are a low level, largely due to its nonsensical story and poor voice acting performances. players tackle the function of a generic sci-fi soldier character named Shelia who has to kill a slew of monsters whereas coming into battle with armed human antagonists. Even after finishing the game, it is unclear precisely what was occurring, and the abrupt ending will depart players as clueless as they had been once they first began.
Bright Memory’s voice acting is yet one more one of many game’s obvious flaws, with Shelia’s actor placing pointless inflection on sentences like she’s at all times asking a query. The opposite performances are no higher, although to be truthful, the dialogue that they needed to work with is B-movie high quality stuff. It is tacky and bizarre, and never in a fun, “so dangerous it is good” sort of method. Past the voice acting, Bright Memory players may also discover that the audio design on the whole is missing, with the music in the primary menu typically sounding prefer it’s chopping out.
All of those flaws might be forgiven, to an extent, if Bright Memory had compelling gameplay. Sadly, Bright Memory is about as primary because it comes, and its try to marry first-person shooter gameplay with Satan Might Cry-style melee motion would not fairly hit the mark. Unresponsive controls can typically make Bright Memory’s fight a nightmare, and making an attempt to mix the melee fight with the capturing is disorienting. There is a purpose why games like Satan Might Cry are third-person.
Leaning in to the Satan Might Cry inspiration, Bright Memory ranks players based mostly on their performance in any given fight encounter with letter rankings. On paper, this looks as if it will truly go a great distance in making each battle extra significant and thrilling, as players are rewarded for killing enemies in fashionable methods, using the entire instruments at their disposal. And for essentially the most half, it succeeds at that. The problem is that the rankings prefer to randomly disappear from the display screen, then reappear moments later when players are doing one thing fully totally different, like strolling down a hallway. Just like the visuals, Bright Memory’s fight system is undermined by bugs and technical shortcomings.
However, as players gather XP and earn upgrades in Bright Memory, the fight step by step turns into extra fun. Bright Memory’s New game+ playthroughs are the place issues lastly click on, as players may have entry to a wider arsenal of talents. In the event that they’re fast sufficient (and the controls cooperate), fully-leveled Bright Memory players can string collectively spectacular combos, allowing them to juggle enemies within the air for lengthy intervals of time.
Now the caveat to all of this criticism is that Bright Memory comes from a one-man growth staff. When one takes this into consideration, Bright Memory is way more spectacular. However, this does not change the game’s high quality, and in its present state, it is unimaginable to advocate to any Xbox Series X early adopters. The upcoming Bright Memory: Infinite appears significantly better, each by way of graphics and gameplay, and possibly it should defy expectations.
Whereas Bright Memory: Infinite might find yourself being a extra well-rounded gameplay expertise, Bright Memory in its present state is arguably the worst title within the Xbox Series X launch lineup and although it is obtainable at a budget price and solely lasts a few hours, it is However troublesome to advocate to anybody.
Bright Memory is out now for Android, iOS, PC, and Xbox Series X. Game Rant reviewed the game on Xbox Series X.