A gorgeous new game just launched that looks like 'Zelda' - but it's for Xbox and PlayStation too
Ben GilbertMay 31, 2017, 08.12 PM
"The Legend of Zelda" is a third-person action series with a focus on puzzle-solving, light combat, and exploration. It features unique art styles and mysterious lands to discover. Such is the case with 2017's "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild":
It's also the case with 2017's "Rime," a gorgeous new game that just launched.
It's coming to the Nintendo Switch soon, but unlike "Breath of the Wild," it's already available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Check out the launch trailer for "Rime" right here for a better idea of what the game looks like in action. It's out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC for $29.99. It's planned for launch on Nintendo Switch at some point soon.
"Rime" follows in the footsteps of gaming classics like "The Legend of Zelda," "Ico," and "Shadow of the Colossus." And that's a fantastic set of influences to wear on your sleeve.
The enemies vary in size — from the relatively normal one above to the massive, hulking bird seen below:
Though "Rime" isn't a game about overcoming endless waves of enemies, there are antagonistic forces out to stop you. Rather than swinging a sword until enemies are out of health, there's a focus on avoidance or puzzle solving as a means of survival.
To dreary, rain-flooded, nighttime areas.
There's a sense of mystery and magic woven through everything in the world of "Rime." From banal rooms like this:
Some of the most striking examples of the world of "Rime" come from landscape shots like this. Much of the driving force of "Rime" seems to be, "What is that thing in the distance? Can I go there?"
And swimming doesn't appear to be a measure of carefully held breath. Right from the jump, you're able to leap into water and dive deep.
As you journey through "Rime," you'll explore a variety of different environments. This austere region seen above seems almost dream-like. Of note, the main character has lost his signature red cape. Maybe this is a memory sequence?
The three of you become a kind of bizarro team, it looks like. But what's connecting the trio? That's unclear.
That fox isn't the only friend you'll make. This bipedal eyeball below also becomes a friend.
In addition to shadowy figures watching from above, a key component of "Rime" is befriending this delightful fox:
Seemingly alone doesn't mean you're actually alone, of course. This mysterious hooded figure appears in the game's launch trailer — could it be Red Riding Hood? We're not sure.
It seems that a civilization of some form inhabited the island. There are manicured paths, buildings, and various other structures. But you're seemingly alone.
The island, as you see here, is full of secrets. What are these structures?
"Rime" stars a young boy as the playable protagonist. He awakens on a mysterious island, washed ashore.