[PlayStation 4] Foreclosed Review
Foreclosed from Merge Games and Antab Studio is a Rated M for Mature narrative-driven action-adventure in a cyberpunk world. Learn more in our Foreclosed review!
Foreclosed from Merge Games and Antab Studio is a Rated M for Mature narrative-driven action-adventure in a cyberpunk world. The game opens with a narrated cutscene presented in a graphic novel style before switching to the game’s 3D presentation, which, I have to say, certainly delivers on its cyberpunk setting. You play as one Evan Kapnos, Identity Implant KPN47-22, who just got some very bad news. The owner of your identity debt, Securtech Inc. – who also happens to be your employer – has gone bankrupt, which means that a foreclosure on your identity has now been authorized.
This means that until the auction for your identity takes place, mental bollards will keep you from leaving the city, your access to the blockchain will be disabled, and your service weapon will be disassociated with your ID. You must reach the court by 4 p.m., or else you’ll be considered non-compliant. So off you go, leaving your place as every camera in the city watches your every move, switching from camera to camera the moment one of them loses track of you. Things are not going to be as easy as just walking into court.
On your way there, an experimental firmware update is activated within you. This allows you to dodge a deadly bullet at the last second, saving your life. That’s the good news. The bad news is that, for some reason, there’s now a bunch of people chasing after you that want you dead, and you have no idea why. Things were bad enough after getting the foreclosure notice, what with you losing access to your gun to even defend yourself, but now your day has gone from bad to worst.
The good news is that you will get a call from an unknown person who will help you escape from danger. You’ll get to hear her voice coming out of the speaker on your DualShock 4 controller, which is a nice touch. Once you’re safe from immediate danger, you’ll get to talk face to face with your new benefactor. She’s your only shot at staying alive because whoever is after you has already sabotaged Securtech and eliminated every single one of your colleagues. This does not leave you with much wiggle room.
Foreclosed can be played in one of two difficulty modes: Hard Boiled or Story. Hard Boiled is the standard difficulty setting, giving you a chance to experience a good challenge as you progress through the game’s story. If you feel that Hard Boiled is a bit too much for you, then you can switch to Story, which will reduce the difficulty of fights. Due to the experimental firmware update of your implants, you’ll unlock new abilities as you progress through the game’s story, which will help to keep you alive.
You’ll move Evan with the left analog stick, rotating the camera as needed with the right one. If you need to crouch, you can press in on the left analog stick. The L2 button will be for aiming your weapon so that you can shoot with the R2 button. To perform a dodge roll, press the Circle button. If you’re careful and can manage to sneak up on an opponent, you can press the Triangle button to do a stealth kill. You can use telekinesis to attract or lift objects or enemies by pressing the L1 or R1 buttons, respectively.
Pressing the Touchpad on the DualShock 4 will give you access to the Implants Menu. It’s from there that you’ll be able to spend the EXP points you obtain from defeating enemies. EXP points can be used, for example, to improve the new weapon you acquire a bit after the game’s intro sequence. You can boost its shooting rate, make it so that bullets explode on impact, or so that bullets can go through armor and helmets. You can also improve your character with EXP points as you level up, making it possible to create a health energy-draining field that will stun unarmored enemies within it, or even raise a mental barrier that can temporarily cage an enemy,
For trophy hunters, the good news is that none of the trophies for Foreclosed are missable since once you complete the game, you will unlock the Chapters option from the main menu, which will allow you to do some trophy cleanup. The list is split into nine Bronze, eight Silver, and seven Gold trophies, and the objectives include things such as hacking your first device, performing your first implants hacking, spending your first EXP point, lifting 25 enemies, throwing 25 objects using telekinesis, defeating 250 enemies, and unlocking the secret ending by picking up all hidden signals in a single run, to name some example. That last one is the one trophy that could give you some trouble, but you can always use a trophy guide to make sure you complete everything in order.
Foreclosed is a fun narrative-driven adventure set in a cyberpunk with an interesting presentation. Its use of graphic novel-style cutscenes, as well as its premise, are interesting, and the fighting segments will test your skills without feeling overwhelming. Putting your EXP points to good use is a must, but you must make sure you don’t equip too many upgrades, or else your implants might overheat. Foreclosed is out on PlayStation 4 with a $19.99 asking price.
This Foreclosed review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Merge Games.