[PS4 Review] Calvino Noir
Calvino Noir is a 2.5D stealth game set in the early 20th century. In this game, you follow a few characters doing some criminal activities and must stay out of sight from guards that are on your path. Read below to see what we thought of this game!
The film noir stealth game. Calvino Noir is the exploratory, sneaking adventure through the 1930s European criminal underworld. Architecture meets Noir as you become unwillingly entangled in a revolutionist plot. Sneak through sewers, across rooftops, and past guards in this dark and mysterious journey.
Play as a disparate group of low-lifes, loners and last-chancers as they fight for the future of a city sliding slowly into the gutter. The characters of Calvino Noir exist in a moral universe which knows only shades of grey. Some are broken souls, some are merely damaged – but all are fighting to forge a future in an ugly world ruled by those whose hearts are cruel and dark.
Calvino Noir – Trailer
Calvino Noir is a dark game in a moody ambiance in a pretty cool 2.5D setting. There are a lot of buildings to explore and discover through the game, and each room is black at first and lights up when they are discovered. Each building can be fully visited which means you have plenty of locations to explore! Speaking of which, the city buildings felt big to explore at first, but luckily the next objective is always clearly shown so you can go straight there, or explore before your next action… or even find an alternative way to get there!
The goal of each segment often revolves around getting somewhere or recovering an item without being seen by the guards roaming in the maps. Most of your time is spent in stealth sequences, and this is where the character selection becomes important. At first, you are following Wilt, who can take down guards, but soon other party members will join the fray, and each has its own skills that will come in handy as you progress through the game.
I already mentioned that I loved the setting, but I also want to mention the voice acting that is pretty good in this game. I loved the voice of Wilt, in particular, but the other characters were great as well. There are branching options in the dialogues, but as far as I noticed, I’m not sure if the story actually changes depending on what is selected. They seemed as if they would all lead to the same conversation conclusion.
Finally, I wanted to mention that the difficulty didn’t seem balanced at times. For instance, there are a lot of places in which you can hide in order to get past guards, but more than once they saw me even though I was hidden and got killed because of this. Apart from this, this is a great stealth game that will please those who love the genre!
[review pros=”Great setting and ambiance
Credible voice acting” cons=”Difficulty felt unfair at times” score=75]
PSN Game Size: 1.5GB