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[PlayStation 4] Narcosis Review

[PlayStation 4] Narcosis Review
  • On August 10, 2018

Narcosis from Honor Code is a first-person survival game in which you’re underwater inside of a “walking coffin,” a half-ton, high-tech deep-sea dive suit, after an industrial catastrophe. Learn more about it in our Narcosis review!


While in this big diving suit, you’ll move around with the left analog stick, and can turn the camera with the right analog stick. The Square button is for using your knife, and you can use the R2 button to activate your thrusters to quickly move forward or backward in case you’re in a tight situation. You can interact with objects with the X button, and you can also use your flares to light things up by holding down on the R1 button and then releasing it to fire the flare. As you explore each area, you should always keep an eye on your O2 levels since you ARE underwater, and no O2 means you’ll die a very painful death. So, in case I haven’t made myself clear: when you see a chance to refill your O2 tanks, do it!

Narcosis Review - 5

Your O2 levels are important because O2 is not going to be used at a constant pace. Why, you may ask? Because if you’re scared or agitated, your O2 intake is going to increase, changing the amount of O2 you need to stay alive. This is why the game is a first-person survival release, as you’ll need to be aware of your O2 level, of your surroundings, of your flares, and so on, at least if you want to stay alive and in one piece! When you’re scared, you’ll consume more O2, and when enemies such as octopus and other sea creatures attack you, you will also lose O2.

Narcosis Review - 2

You’re not the only one who is down there, so you’ll be able to find other people who… might not have had as much luck as you. Be sure to interact with them so that you can retrieve their ID since they’re one of the collectibles in the game. The other set of collectibles are personal effects, and you will find your first one within the first 15 minutes or so with Narcosis… as long as you pay attention to your surroundings and notice where there’s a small path or two you can take after thrusting over a gap in the floor.

Narcosis Review - Collectible

As for the game’s trophy list, this one does not include a Platinum trophy. The only trophy you can definitely get from doing a single run of the game is the one for completing the game. The rest are tied to finding all personal effects and all ID from those who have perished, as well as for some miscellaneous objectives such as, for example, defeating a cuttlefish before it can get a chance to damage you, or avoiding the ink blast from an octopus. Oh, and there’s a fun one for playing with your flares in a specific way.

Narcosis Review - 3

Narcosis is a solid first effort from indie Honor Code. As a first-person survival game, it provides a nice experience with its gloomy setting where one false step can send you plummeting down to your death. If you’re not careful, you might run out of oxygen, which I’m sure is a painful way to go. And then there are the giant and deadly crabs that can puncture your suit with a single stab. There’s danger around every corner, and Honor Code has done a great job at portraying that on PS4.

Narcosis Review - 4

This Narcosis review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Honor Code.


Review Overview

Solid survival first-person experience