The primary weapon gamers get is an electro-charged baton. Hanging Distance has been clear that Callisto is meant to be a melee-heavy expertise, with “about half” of its fight based mostly on baton-swinging, although there’s only one such weapon within the recreation. The baton is upgradable, as are the 5 weapons that the protagonist picks up over time. There’s additionally the GRP glove, which unlocks telekinesis skills. The GRP skill is exceedingly helpful (and enjoyable!), permitting gamers to throw projectiles and lob enemies into environmental hazards like followers, spike partitions and rotating motors, securing an prompt kill within the course of. Nevertheless, the gravity glove doesn’t have a ton of battery and it recharges slowly, even when maxed out on the improve station. There are additionally some enemies that merely can’t be picked up with this skill, and the one method to discern which is to provide it a attempt throughout a combat.
Now, if 5 weapons appears like so much for a recreation that’s designed to emphasise close-combat melee, that’s as a result of it’s. I’ve myriad points with Callisto’s gun-management system, beginning with the truth that there are too many firearms within the first place. The sport’s primary battle mechanic revolves round securing melee combos till a reticle locks onto the enemy, permitting gamers to get in a couple of fast photographs with a gun. At the very least, that’s the concept. In apply, the reticle system is inconsistent, at occasions lingering on an enemy and different occasions disappearing in a flash, providing no time to truly shoot. This combo merely doesn’t really feel highly effective, even when the additional photographs truly join.
There’s additionally no fast method to see how a lot ammo your weapon has earlier than taking pictures – there’s no HUD on this recreation, so no persistent ammo or loadout indicators – and swapping amongst weapons is enraging. Urgent left on the D-pad transitions between two weapons solely, so even if in case you have 5 weapons in your stock, you received’t discover them regardless of what number of occasions you spam the swap button. Urgent proper pulls up a mini gun menu along with your full arsenal, however that is tough to parse. Small handguns can solely be swapped for small handguns, and huge for big, although there’s no clear distinction between the 2 sorts within the pop-up menu. It’s tough to handle this technique in moments of quiet, and practically unimaginable in the course of fight. Too usually I discovered myself smashing the left button, uselessly swapping between two weapons with zero ammo and annoyed that I couldn’t entry my extra weapons.
In the course of fights with a number of enemies, the reticle and ammo guessing recreation is usually deadly, and it’s an exceedingly annoying method to die.
Perhaps that is all by design. Perhaps by making the gun system annoying as hell, builders thought it could drive gamers to depend on melee strikes. However then why make taking pictures a core a part of the melee expertise, and why supply so many rattling weapons, every with a singular ammo kind? An unreliable lock-on system actively discourages close-quarters preventing, there are ammo drops in all places, and there’s nothing to point when a primary melee assault is definitely probably the most highly effective transfer in your arsenal. To not point out, dodging is dodgy as hell. This turns some boss and horde battles into irritating, drawn-out sequences with dozens of demise screens, till you randomly use a primary melee assault on the proper second and the combat begins progressing at pace.
In the long run, it appears like the sport gives assets it doesn’t truly need you to make use of, after which punishes you for utilizing them. Melee fight isn’t clean or highly effective sufficient to emerge as the plain resolution in any state of affairs. Hanging Distance could have been clear that Callisto is a melee expertise, however the recreation itself doesn’t.
The principle concepts right here may have labored, if solely there have been a touch of on-screen suggestions. Callisto doesn’t have a HUD – similar to Lifeless House – and it eschews widespread online game options like glowing weak factors (no less than till the literal final combat) and protracted on-screen textual content. That is ostensibly with the purpose of making an immersive expertise, however as an alternative the lack of know-how pulled me out of the movement greater than anything. My tip is to max out the GRP glove and give attention to environmental kills – and when unsure, attempt a primary melee assault.