Edengate: The Edge of Life is a strange beast. This is evident even from the trailer and is also part of the reason I wanted to check it out. First of all, this is a game that will be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in late 2022. At the time of writing, no release date has yet been set for the PS5 or Xbox Series versions. X/S of the game. I played the game on my PS5, but there is no PS5 version available on PlayStation Store.
Edengate: The Edge of Life is out now and is available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles.
The game was originally slated for release on October 25ebefore being pushed back to November 15e. I naively thought maybe the reason was that the developers could bring the game to current-gen consoles. No, it turns out the reason for the delay is just one more thing about Edengate: The Edge of Life which is inexplicable.
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As if that wasn’t weird enough, a number of people online claimed that this game was removed from the Xbox store for a while immediately after its release date. Even after spending a good hour researching the reason for this, I still don’t know why this happened. It is available for purchase from the Xbox store at the time of writing.
The anomalies surrounding Edengate: The Edge of Life are plentiful, but perhaps the weirdest thing about this super basic walking simulator is the fact that I really enjoyed my time with it.
It is true that the game only lasts about an hour and a half. It is true that the puzzles are some of the simplest puzzles ever presented in a video game. It’s also true that beyond walking and interacting with a few objects in the environment, you don’t do much in Edengate: The Edge of Life.
Despite all this, I really enjoyed the little time I spent with it. Completing this tamer experience in one sitting was actually a nice respite from some of the other more intense titles I’ve played recently.
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The objective of Edengate: The Edge of Life isn’t to tell a convoluted story on a grand scale, and it’s certainly not intended to provide players with a difficult challenge. Instead, the only thing that Edengate: The Edge of Life was apparently made to do, is to create a mood. The rich tone and eerie atmosphere the game is able to create is palpable. It’s particularly impressive considering how short and simple the overall experience is.
Edengate: The Edge of Life was developed during the height of the global Covid-19 lockdown. This crushing sense of isolation that we have all felt over the past two years in the real world has clearly inspired the development of this game. This parallel to the real world gives the game a sense of meaning and importance that it never would not have had otherwise. It also helps the player immediately relate to the feelings the main character is having.
In the end, there will undoubtedly be players who come away disappointed with the length and simplicity of Edengate: On the edge of life, but I liked it for what it was. Despite its mediocre graphics and somewhat crude technical performance, Edengate has a pretty unique charm that’s hard to deny.
Edengate: The Edge of Life – 7/10
Twelve Minutes was reviewed on PS5 with code provided by fortyseven communications.
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