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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Returnal is a sci-fi adventure played in repeating rounds that slowly change the world and your character. You are a pilot stranded on a mysterious planet and must investigate and fight through the world to both survive and solve the repeating problem.

Memories of home slip away and the call to take arms grows stronger. With third-person shooting and investigating (both your memories and the alien world), the challenge becomes as much a psychological drama as shooter.

"Over and over, I've relived my first moments on this alien planet. The crash, the attack, my death." But each time it's slightly different, so although trapped there's a puzzle to solve about how to escape the cycle.

Coming to the PlayStation 5, it will make use of the console's DualSense controller and its adaptive trigger buttons to switch instinctively between firing modes by using a single adaptive trigger – go straight from aiming down sights to your gun’s alternative fire. Haptic feedback extends immersion of in-game actions big and small – while exploring fragments of Selene’s memories, or when firing visceral alien weapons. The new consoles immersive 3D audio also brings the alien world to life around the player, helping players navigate the intense positional combat.

DetailsGame Details

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Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @HouseMarque

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. There are different versions available to buy:
  • Returnal Standard
  • Returnal Digital Deluxe Edition with extra weapons, consumables, artefacts and boosters. You also get the digital soundtrack.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated PEGI 16+.


This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings... read more about system accessibility settings.


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