[PlayStation 4] Drowning Review
Drowning from Sometimes You is a short game that deals with a serious subject. Learn more about this charming release in our Drowning review!
Drowning is a short release that focuses on a boy who realizes he has depression very early in life – during high school to be precise. The game uses a very interesting, almost stop-motion looking low-poly look to keep you focused on the story as you learn more about how this young boy lives with the reality of depression looming over his head. The game’s great-looking environments and the relaxing music will help to guide you as you understand a bit more about what it’s like to live with depression.
As you can see from the game’s screen, this is what we nowadays call a walking simulator, so you won’t end up getting lost or stuck as you take on this particular story. The story itself will be presented with text that floats in front of you as it comes into scene one letter at a time, with the sound of keystrokes on a keyboard, as if someone was writing the text in a word processor or an online journal. For some reason, there is a lot of pop-in for this one, which is odd since you are walking through each location at a very slow but steady pace, so pop-in shouldn’t be happening at all.
As for the game’s trophies, this one has a Platinum trophy waiting for you, and the trophies are pretty easy to unlock once you know what you’re doing. Your first trophy will be awarded as soon as you press X to start a new game, and the rest will be awarded for getting all endings (the game has some secret endings for you to unlock), collecting the secret items, and performing a few specific actions during your run at particular years of the kid’s life. If you’re a trophy hunter and want to speed things up, I’m sure you could, say, find a trophy guide video for the game if you search for it. Overall, you’re looking at 2-3 hours to get every trophy to make that Platinum pop.
I really can’t talk much about Drowning without ruining the experience for you. Walking through each area as you read all the messages is what drives you forward, so I won’t discuss anything else other than its main premise. There’s a demo for the game available on PlayStation 4, which you can get by clicking right here. Give it a try in case you’re still on the fence about if this game is right for you!
This Drowning review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Sometimes You.