THE BROTHERHOOD‘s isometric sci-fi adventure game BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION shows that one doesn’t need RPG mechanics to create a believable post-apocalyptic atmosphere.
It’s already been five years since I reviewed the development team’s dark and rather gruesome sci-fi adventure STASIS and discussed the freebie CAYNE with Later Levels editor Kim two years later. The newest game isn’t as confined in setting and much more epic in scope, feeling like a completely different title.
The company’s name and the fact that it consists of two brothers is reflected in the story which is about Mark who is looking for his lost brother Don in a world where advanced technology doesn’t necessarily mean a utopian society. Far from it, as one traverses African-inspired landscapes and encounters people who either help or prevent Mark from reaching his goal. Considering how claustrophic the former games were, this is a completely different proposition, with lush environments to explore and even an otherworldly language to listen to. With choices to make that change the course of the story, it really feels like an RPG title, but without level grinding and combat, rather focusing on classic puzzle solving.
The game is out now on PC with a 10% discount if one already owns STASIS. If one buys the new game before March 4, 2020, at 5 PM UTC, then STASIS will be unlocked for free.