Journey to the Savage Planet is shaping up to a charming, colorful, and kind place to explore with some cute enemies trying to kill you, sometimes I died a lot just because I couldn’t shoot at something that cute, I promise you that was the reason.
But what is Journey to the Savage Planet?
Play solo or with a friend online and explore the mysterious planet AR-Y 26. Your task is to scan and catalog alien creatures, flora, and fauna, as well as uncovering the mystery that lays on the planet. Are you truly alone on the planet? Are you sure you are the first one there?
By using your laser pistol created by the 3D printer, rocket backpack, and rocket boots you and your friend can explore this wicked place. You can also upgrade your equipment by exploring areas and using the 3D printer.
I got the opportunity to go hands-on with this game at Gamescom this year, exploring this planet alongside one of the developers for approximately one hour. AR-Y 26 is a charming and colorful place, but hell, it’s also brutal as hell. Think of it this way, when you play Doom, everything is fastpaced and you’re killing demons and monsters. JTTSP isn’t that different, you’re just being killed by cute fluffy things.
That being said, you can almost explore everything without getting into combat. For most parts, you are the aggressor. Of the few not as friendly creatures I stumbled upon, gave me a good old fashion fight. One of the creatures that really pissed me off and might begin to irritate my fellow teammate (since he had to revive me all of the time), was the “flying squid”. This creature who looked like a flying squid, shot ink or poison at me all the time I approached his territory, and all I wanted was to pick some flowers. (I promise)
What I really loved from my hands-on session, even though I died a lot. I didn’t have to worry about player progression, skill-trees, perks or some sorts. I could just jump right in and explore, collecting data from diverse creatures, environmental objects, collecting resources and solving some minor puzzles on the way in my own pace. There is no one nagging at you, except your own imagination. A fun gimmick, while you use your 3D printer to upgrade your equipment within your “base of operation” (spaceship!) you’ll notice some TV monitors around the room, look at them when you get the chance to go hands-on this, the commercials on these monitors are hilarious and live-action!
I learned fast that one hour of exploring isn’t near enough to see what the developers have to offer with this title. There are 30+ creatures to find, and over a hundred collectibles to locate as well as mysteries and player quests to solve. I can’t wait to see what more this planet has to offer when my PlayStation 4 lands on the planet AR-Y 26.
Journey to the Savage Planet is set to release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC 31st of January 2020.