“Returnal” is arguably one of the PlayStation 5’s best launch titles, but it’s undeniably difficult. If you want the “Returnal” experience without having to endure the “Returnal” challenge, you could enjoy “Scars Above”. That’s not to say the game will be easy, though.
In “Scars Above,” players will control an abandoned astronaut in a hostile, alien world filled with Lovecraftian dangers. The game will play like a sci-fi shooter, where stamina is just as important as ammo. Additionally, “Scars Above” will feature high-level creature designs, atmosphere, and animations.
“Scars Above” is another game that received a Next Fest demo, and many attendees loved it. Of course, the comparisons to games such as “Returnal” and “Dead Space” (the original) were plentiful, but given the legacy of those games, it’s safe to assume that these analogies were meant to be complementary. Additionally, the demo teased a decent mystery that, like “Returnal,” combines body horror with possible time travel shenanigans and the unreliable narrator trope. We won’t know how far the psychological horror rabbit hole extends until “Scars Above” comes out, but what we’ve seen is promising.
When “Scars Above” was announced at Gamescom 2022, the trailer only promised that the game was “Coming Soon”, but as of December 2022, the developers have reduced the release window to February 28, 2023.
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