Over the weekend Nelson and I got a chance to play We Happy Few on the podcast via the Xbox Live Preview. The game was definitely interesting and really not what I expected it to be from the trailer we got at E3.
Granted it not being what I expected isn’t really a bad thing though. Honestly after the trailer at E3 I was expecting something a lot like Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite. I expected a first person shooter with a touch of survival horror where resources would be limited.
For those of you who are not familiar with We Happy Few the game takes place in mid-60’s England where the world is pretty drab and highly censored, to combat this the government issues psychedelic drugs called “joy” to it’s citizens and they have to take it by law. If you quit taking your Joy you’re labeled a “downer” and the cops (called “Bobbies” in England) come after you. You’re character is triggered to go off his Joy when he comes across and article about his brother’s death. You’re one of the newspaper censors and your job is to censor stories (very 1984-ish).
So you stop taking your Joy and you’re found out and the cops knock you out and dump you in a town where everyone is off their Joy. When this happens its very Bioshock Infinite-ish. Really reminded me of the scene in the game where Booker has to decide whether or not he is going to throw a ball at the mixed race couple and he gets found out as the “anti-christ”
Once you wake up from getting knocked out by the cops you don’t really have a central mission, you’re just in an open world and you have to find your way without really any directions. You just kind of wander around and find missions to go on. Also there is a survival aspect of this game, you have to sleep, eat, drink, bandage yourself, and heal yourself with ointment. So not only are you keeping track of your missions you’re also keeping track of your health.
The game is definitely unique and I do love it when game makers try new things. I will say this kind of game isn’t for me. I enjoy open world games like Metal Gear Solid 5 and Red Dead Redemption, however I’m not the best at games that give me little to no directions because I kind of just go off and do things. Also I’m not big on games that require me to eat, drink, and sleep, I have to do that in the real world and I play games to escape the real world.
I will say this though, the game was a lot of fun even though Nelson and I didn’t know what in the world we were doing. The art style in the game is just fantastic and beautiful and just wonder to look at. Also the style of game play with very few supplies at your disposal is also good because it forces you to manage your supplies (which I do enjoy about games).
In the end this game isn’t for me, not because it’s a bad game, in fact it’s quite a good game, but the style of game play is one that I’m not a huge fan of, however I can recognize a good game when I play one (even one that isn’t my cup of tea). In the end this is a game you should definitely try out if you’re into fps’s, survival games, or if you just enjoy open world games. In the end I’d have to say that this game is an easy 7.5 out of 10 with a 10 out of 10 on the Art Style and Graphics.