FAR: Changing Tides review by expert 2022

An adventure that is heart wrenching but also strangely comforting.

FAR: Lone Sails was very popular when it was released in 2018. Years have passed and now seeing a sequel under the name FAR: Changing Tides won’t surprise anyone. In the world of the sequel, the same theme is actually handled. So much of the world is underwater, and the people who have to deal with these problems are the low-level folks, of course. This time, we set up our ship in another part of the world and embark on a completely different adventure by using the power of steam. Our search for resources and land continues in this game, which can be played in two dimensions like the first game.

One of the most interesting points of FAR: Lone Sails was that there was no dialogue in the game at all. That is, no one was speaking, and there was no explanation for what was happening in the game. Everyone who played the game had to interpret the situations in their own way. Here the same structure is preserved in the game FAR: Changing Tides. Once again, we don’t know who we are, where we are and what we are doing. Also, as in the first game, a subdued, partially dark pastel color palette reveals itself throughout the game. The hand-drawn and painted visuals, on the other hand, take the presentation to very high points.

In the review articles, I would talk about the visuals of the games at the end, but FAR: Changing Tides instantly draws your attention with its art design. Whether you’ve played the first game or not, the visuals of this game will definitely grab your attention. Especially if you are looking for creative art styles rather than the highest game graphics, you will feast your eyes on this game. Of course, this holiday will be experienced only for your eyes; your brain and heart will have to deal with the lonely and depressing nature of the game. Of course, I don’t mean this as a negative comment. On the contrary, the atmosphere of the game is fantastic.

Once you’ve soaked up the visuals and negative vibes of FAR: Changing Tides, all you have to do is move. Since the game has a two-dimensional structure, we only go to the right or left and we solve the puzzles at the same time. While walking, running and jumping are the things we can do at first, we encounter our first puzzle and we solve it immediately. Almost all of the puzzles in the game offer structures that can be easily solved and do not become too complicated. It’s just a little unimaginative for some puzzles to use trial and error, but that’s not a huge problem either.

FAR: Changing Tides review by expert 2022

FAR: Changing Tides presents solitude without danger

In FAR: Changing Tides, you don’t just explore the outside world of the game. At the same time, you can enter some of the buildings that you come across, and of course, you can explore the inside of the ship you will find at the beginning. Exploring the outside world and exploring the interior of the buildings can be a little different. To give an example on DualSense, while doing internal exploration, using the R2 key allows you to get closer to the details, while L2 allows you to do the opposite. At this point, unfortunately, two minor problems arise. First of all, holding these keys down instead of pressing them once can be irritating. Also, seeing farther with L2 is not enough.

While walking with our character, these problems I mentioned do not matter, but it would definitely help to see farther, especially when using our ship. Also, it would be less tiring to be able to just press and use the same features instead of holding them down. Still, FAR: Changing Tides doesn’t have a structure that makes you tired too much anyway. So, even if the atmosphere of the game is boring, it also has a peaceful nature. There is nothing in the game that threatens your life, and it can be strangely comforting when combined with solitude. Also, having your ship as a companion gives you a very nice feeling.

Controlling your ship in FAR: Changing Tides game can also become detailed. For example, by using the flag on the ship, you learn how to adjust the sails and then, after switching to steam power, collecting resources; you learn how, when and how to use these resources as fuel. At this point, you have to spend a lot of time with your ship’s engine room, it needs constant attention. This interest is never stifling, and your ship evolves as you progress through the game. In fact, after a point, you even start to dive under the sea. Of course, these also come with their own challenges.

Apart from all this, I would like to say that there is not much content in FAR: Changing Tides. The game already has a price tag of 50 TL on Steam , and it offers a short and unplayable experience that fits the price tag. Since the game’s story is completely linear, there are no different things to experience or collectible items to collect. However , if you are looking for an experience that is similar in style to Inside , but that is more peaceful, calmer and reaches game levels where you can meditate a bit, the short content will not be a problem for you anyway.

FAR: Changing Tides review by expert 2022

One of the unique games you can try

Before I finish my review on FAR: Changing Tides, I would like to address the game’s presentation in more detail. Actually, I talked about the visuals, and to summarize the situation again, the game looks really nice. Of course, beauty can vary from person to person, but if you like boring pastel colors, if you like hand-drawn and painted visuals, and you are tired of today’s AAA-level game looking the same, I think this video game will amaze you with its visuals. You can also experience an atmospheric experience.

Like the visuals, the performance of FAR: Changing Tides is also flawless. If you are going to play the game on your computer, it is impossible to have any problems as long as you meet the system requirements. The optimization of the game is very successful. There is no problem on the console side as well. On the sound and music side, I already stated that there is no dialogue in the game, but the music that comes on top of it is really amazing. These musics, which are suitable for the structure and atmosphere of the game, definitely affect the presentation positively. However, I don’t think you would want to leave the game and listen to them separately.

FAR: Changing Tides is not very different in concept from FAR: Lone Sails. It’s almost exactly the same. On the gameplay side, many things are the same, but only different masks are used. This could be a problem in video games with very high budgets and expensive prices, but the experience offered with this work is much different and the similarities with the first game are not as disturbing as you might imagine. Also, if you haven’t played the first game, you don’t have to worry about it either; You can start your adventure directly from the second game. There’s no way of knowing what you missed, as the story is not explained in any way anyway.

As I said before, if you like games like Inside and Limbo, I guess you will like FAR: Changing Tides or even FAR: Lone Sails if you haven’t played it. These plays are not exactly the same as the works I have shown as examples. In those games, the story is told a little more actively, and there are also dangers in the game. In the FAR series, the story is completely left to your thoughts and there is no danger. If you like different and creative works in this style, I’m sure you will like these games too, sir.

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