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Beyond PlayStation] Windscape Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Windscape Review
  • On May 8, 2019

Colorful first-person action-adventure Windscape from Dennis White and Headup Games is ready on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about it in our Windscape review!

Windscape is a first-person exploration action-adventure from indie Dennis White and Headup Games that pays homage to Nintendo’s beloved The Legend of Zelda series. In this game, which features a colorful presentation thanks to an interesting block-ish art style, you will play as Ida as you gather up resources as you explore forests, caves, ruins, and more. Resources and materials will come in handy since you’ll be able to use them to craft weapons and armor to fights against monsters, as well as items to aid you on your journey.

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You will begin at your parents’ farm, an area which serves as a short tutorial. After talking to Paul, your father, he will mention that your mother, Anna, is busy cooking inside the house. After you check with your mother, she will tell you that you can help her finish the stew by bringing to her the missing ingredients: onions, herbs, and meat. You can find onions in the small plot behind the house. Herbs are also available in that area. As for the meat, well, the meat is, for some reason, inside of a treasure chest near the house. And speaking of treasure chests, be sure to check the second floor before you exit the house since you will find a quilted gilet inside of a chest near the bed.


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Once you’ve made the stew that your mother needs, you will get to once again talk to your father, who needs your help with delivering a package to Markus Hammerhand in Sky Harbor. Since this is a task that requires you to leave the family farm, it is then that your adventure truly begins. With an errand to complete, a homemade club that your father hands you to protect yourself from the wild animals that have been acting up, and a shield to block attacks, you are more than ready to commence your journey.

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You can’t attack or defend yourself while you’re gathering resources, so be sure to survey your surroundings so that you’re not caught off-guard by an enemy or two lurking right around the corner. Gathering resources does take from a couple to a handful of seconds to longer than that for the larger resources, so if you need to, you can always press the B button to cancel out so that you can get ready for battle. Once you encounter an enemy, you should pay attention to its movement and attack patterns so that you can plan accordingly and find the right moment to defend and counterattack. You will also require some additional tools to be able to collect all resources, so be sure to put your coins to good use!

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Your inventory will be split between weapons, armor pieces, items, and crafting resources – you can also look at all items you have with you by selecting the all tab. The quilted gilet you’ve just found can be equipped right away, boosting your resistance to cut, blunt and pierce attacks. You can also craft other equipment to boost your resistance to fire, ice, and arcane attacks from the enemies you will face up against.


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As for the crafting side of things, all you need is the recipe or instructions for making something, the ingredients, a forge, an alchemy station, a workbench, or a mana compressor, so that you can work on for crafting weapons, equipment, and items, or a stove for cooking up some delicious food. As was the case for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you can cook up a hearty stew to boost your resistance to some types of damage, and craft some potions for healing purposes while you’re at it.

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Windscape is a fun, colorful, and streamlined action-adventure that finds itself right at home on the Nintendo Switch. There are plenty of quests to complete, a nice variety of enemies and bosses to battle, several areas to explore, and a main quest that continues to grow and grow. Sure, there are several fetch quests in this one, but it’s all part of the process, right?

This Windscape review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Headup Games.

Review Overview

Fun, colorful, and streamlined action-adventure