By: Uma Smith
Wales Interactive previously released its sci-fi horror game, Master Reboot, on the PC. Now, it has spread on over to the PlayStation 3 for more players to experience the thrills and chills behind this very title. Will Master Reboot be a “master” amongst the PlayStation 3 games of the same genre or is it simply a poor “reboot” onto the home console?
Jumping right into the game is possible, especially when the control scheme is laid out similarly to what you would expect from a FPS title. You have your face buttons and shoulders that serve to implement basic commands, including jump, dash, and performing an action.
Where it becomes problematic, however, is when you need to chop away at some wood. Because there are no cross hairs or indicators to show where you’ll be aiming, it can be difficult to clear a path for yourself when a piece of a tree trunk is blocking your way. To rub salt in the wound, you cannot tell if you’ll be able to jump over on object or not, despite how low it is. So really, the controls are easy to figure out, but it can be quite tough to move along smoothly.
Surprisingly, Master Reboot looks pretty basic and bland despite its use of the Unreal engine. The textures are very blocky while the colors on screen can be pretty limited. Other times, though, Master Reboot looks quite vibrant where you’ll have brightly colored items in a Tron style against a dark environment. That being said, some may interpret this as a unique and artistic take on the game’s visuals. The ambient sound effects help to immerse players within its environment. As a result, Master Reboot adds tension and suspense thanks to its effective audio work.
Supposedly, Master Reboot’s story revolves around the souls and memories of the living and dead being shared and stored in a server. Because of this technology, known as the Soul Cloud, all precious memories will never be lost. You begin by entering the Soul Cloud and journeying through significant events from your life. However, you commence without knowing any background of your character’s story other than quick snapshots during the introduction.
As you progress, you’ll discover that the Soul Cloud has been infected with a virus, thus making a young girl with glowing eyes appear randomly. One thing to note is that the Master Reboot does not feature any blood or violence. Nonetheless, the appearance of this young, spooky girl adds a huge element of horror during your gameplay experience.
Each memory you enter will have you complete a number of tasks. There are no specific instructions as to what you need to do. Hence, a lot of guess work and puzzle solving is involved here in order to get to the exit — figure it will take you around 15 minutes to get to the next memory. Along the way, there are blue rubber ducks that provide insight to your background story. While they are optional, skipping them means sacrificing major parts of the story.
Although the puzzles can be quite engaging during these memories, they can also get you stuck for a very long time. Consequently, there are many potential moments of frustration that can hinder one’s enjoyment. Sometimes, players will have to go all the way around the environments to get to a specific spot, thereby making the game feel redundant and tedious. Thankfully, not all puzzles will get you into such mishaps. Taking approximately two hours to complete, Master Reboot may seem pretty short in length. However, its suspenseful and sci-fi atmosphere will retain players’ attention span.
While Master Reboot may not be the perfect game, it does have some redeeming qualities. Mainly, the fact that the experience can lead to a tense and thrilling experience should be reason enough for players to be drawn in. But for $14.99 at the PlayStation store, the game’s short length may not justify its price. Still, if you’re looking for a scare executed tastefully without gore and violence, then you’ll want to check out Master Reboot.