[PlayStation 4] FAR: Lone Sails Review
Far: Lone Sails from Okomotive and Mixtvision is set in a post-apocalyptic world with a dried up sea. Learn more about this gem in our Far: Lone Sails review!
Far: Lone Sails is a very interesting release. It has no dialogue, which is not a deal-breaker. It also has no tutorials and no explanations whatsoever on how the game works. That part is probably going to rub some people the wrong way, but you should give the game a chance – you can at least find the controller setup in the options menu so that you can know what you can do! The gameplay mechanics you will have to learn on your own as you go, and it shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes to do so. So if you enjoy surprising games with zero hand-holding and no tutorials with interesting gameplay mechanics, then you’re going to dig Far: Lone Sails.
The game is about a kid who is left in this desolate world to build an unlikely relationship with a two-wheeled steampunk looking vehicle. This world has certainly seen better days, and so has the aforementioned vehicle, and the lack of a tutorial means that you’re going to have to really connect with this piece of machinery to carry on with your adventure. Despite the minimalist controller set, the game has a lot for you more to learn past just the running and jumping. The goal here is to learn how the vehicle works, as you commander it to an unknown place beyond your comfort zone. As you travel through the linear world, complications will arise that you will need to solve, so you will need to be on top of things to keep your vehicle in as tiptop shape as possible.
For FAR: Lone Sails, you’ll be doing a lot of exploration, mixing you driving the vehicle with walking around to collect stuff you need such as fuel. You’ll also get to install some upgrades and improvements so that you can overcome the obstacles that will get in your way so that you can continue with your journey. While there are no spoken words, the story is told visually as you go, allowing players to have their own interpretation of the overall story beat based on what they, and the kid, experience.
The word far in the title is pretty apt, as you will travel far away, while also being able to look at things from far away. The L2 button will be your friend here as you can press it to zoom in and see what you’ll be working on to fix the vehicle, collecting fuel here and there as needed. Everything you do revolves around the vehicle, so you will need to solve a puzzle here and there to remove obstacles in your path, as you deepen your relationship not only with the kid but with its ride.
FAR: Lone Sails as a whole was not quite the experience I had expected, but at the same time I found the game to be very endearing in its own way. You will certainly experience a mix of feelings – from sadness to joy to stress – as you play this one, due to its setting, setup, and how the child and the vehicle interact and complement one another. It’s a very different type of title and one that you have to experience on PlayStation 4. I hope you enjoy it!
This FAR: Lone Sails review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Mixtvision.