Downward Spiral: Horus Station PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Downward Spiral: Horus Station by 3rd Eye Studios.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from the developers for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Downward Spiral: Horus Station is first person adventure game that’s also a PS VR game. Since I don’t yet own a PS VR system, this review will be for the regular gameplay using a monitor. If I manage to get a PS VR system in the future, I’ll update this review to share my experience with the game using it.
The game puts you in the role of a sole survivor onboard a derelict space station called Horus Station. Mysteriously, the entire space station has been shut down and it’s up to you to travel across the inside (And sometimes outside) of the station as you reconnect the different modules and power on the station’s systems.
As you power on systems, you’ll find yourself faced with enemy robots who have been taken control of by a rogue AI. Depending on the enemy difficulty level, they can be pretty tough encounters. There are a few different types of robots to encounter as well with some being invisible in the late game. There are others that you cannot defeat and must sneak past in order to reach your destination.
One major thing that’s worth mentioning is that the entire game is played in zero gravity. To move around you can use the environment to push yourself forward (Or backward). The longer you hold the push, the more momentum you’ll gain. This can be a real pain in the butt though so I used the grappling hook through most of the game. The grappling hook is acquired early on and can be used to pull yourself towards objects (Or to pull objects to you). This can be really handy when getting around but it’s also kinda slow.
In the late game you acquire an air blower machine that propels you at a much higher speed the longer you charge it. This is allows you to get around faster but maneuverability is lost in the process. So, there’s positives and negatives to all of the modes of travel.
Since there are enemies to face as you explore, you can also acquire different types of guns. Guns come in many different shapes and firing styles but they’re all pistol type. There are sub-machine guns, single shot pistols, a shotgun style pistol, and a sniper style pistol. Each weapon has its positives and negatives during combat but I’ve found the shotgun pistol to be the most useful. This is acquired in the late game though.
One thing that I was impressed with was the game’s atmosphere. If you play it using a headset, it’s quite eerie and adds to the feeling that you’re alone on this derelict space station.
The game also looks quite nice graphically too. It’s a bit on the dark side but since the majority of the station is powered down through most of the game, this is to be expected. This darkness also adds to the feeling of being alone.
I will admit that I did find the controls to be a little clunky while playing it on a monitor. This is mostly because you’re very limited in hand movements using a controller. With a VR headset and the move controllers, I have a feeling you wouldn’t encounter this problem because you could move your individual hands around, giving you more freedom of movement.
Overall, I enjoyed my time with Downward Spiral: Horus Station. I also enjoyed live streaming the majority of the game on Twitch. It’s definitely not a game that everyone will enjoy (It’s more of a walking sim but in zero gravity) and the controls can definitely be a little irritating at times, but I happily recommend giving it a shot.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read my review for Downward Spiral: Horus Station folks, I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!
Downward Spiral: Horus Station$19.99
Features of Interest
- Looks Great
- Quite A Few Weapons To Choose From
- Can be Pretty Challenging Depending on Your Difficulty Settings
- Unique Zero Gravity Mechanic
- Great Atmosphere
- Controls Can Be A Bit Irritating At Times
- Playing The Game Without A VR System Limits Your Range of Movement
- Might Not Be Something Everyone Will Enjoy (It's More Of A Walking Sim In Zero Gravity)