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Journey To The Savage Planet Has Some Spectacular Vistas Perfect For Its Photo Mode


Journey To The Savage Planet is out now. We’re are currently playing it and so far, it seems pretty good. A pleasant surprise at the beginning of 2020 for sure.

It’s a first-person exploration game where combat does exist, but it’s not really the big draw here. The draw is the aforementioned savage planet itself. Being a strange person in a strange land is a compelling setup we’ve seen far too often, but thankfully, the strange land is not your regular open world. Not at all.

Typhoon Studios being a small developer means that this game isn’t as expansive as your typical AAA title with long checklists to tick. It definitely is structured as such, but the environments are denser and packed.

As a result, the paths you take are never boring. It’s never just walking a straight line to the fastest way to the waypoint. You will always be navigating the uneven terrain, jumping and grappling around the world to reach your objectives. Or maybe just explore for extra resources and collectibles. Like a good platforming and a Metroidvania game, Journey To The Savage Planet rewards the cunning and the curious.

And the best reward of them all is something less tangible, but still great. Climb and jump your way to a good vantage point and you can admire some spectacular views. Journey To The Savage Planet’s levels are floating islands in the sky, with some locations having different biomes smashed together. And the game has no map whatsoever. This feels like a deliberate choice. One is probably because making a map for a vertically dense layout may be challenging. The other is because the game wants you to make your own mental map on how all these routes flow together.

And when you find that sweet ledge and vista, you can admire the beautiful view of this beautiful planet.

Journey To The Savage Planet has a photo mode already at launch. Though it’s not as jammed packed with features than you would expect. There are some filters, the camera is justified in-game as the lens of one of the cartographers- drones. But the game won’t let you pause the world (so no action shots), and your player avatar is expected to be in-frame, no way to hide it or give them a cool pose or something.

UPDATE 1/2/2020: game producer Reid Schneider has responded on Twitter that there will be indeed “funny poses coming in a patch very soon”.

For PC players, Journey To The Savage Planet is on Epic Games Store that doesn’t have a native screenshot button. Outside of using Windows’ game screen capture, the game also has an in-game screenshot button. These screenshots are stored at the game’s install location (for us it’s JourneyToTheSavagePlanet\Towers\Binaries\Win64\Screenshots). Not in your pictures or documents folder. The pictures taken with this method are saved in 4K resolution, despite whatever resolution you are playing on.

If you love the act of exploring a world, like what you can do in a platformer or a Metroidvania, Journey To The Savage Planet has you covered. The game’s short, but constantly motivates you to go for the 100% so if you like those two genres, there’s something in this game that will make you giddy.

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Stay tuned for our full review soon.