The Callisto Protocol: Hands-On Preview

[Music] Well Callisto protocol is technically an Entirely new IP with a brand new story The skeletal base of Dead Space which Striking Distance founder Glenn Schofield co-created is apparent so can The spiritual successor live up to the Original [Music] In my preview time I played the level Called habitat on PS5 we weren't able to Capture our own gameplay so the b-roll You're seeing from that level may not Line up perfectly to my experience Anyway the first things I immediately Noticed were the creepy ambient noises Random squelching clattering and faint Echoes all around made me feel Constantly on edge If nothing else Kalisto protocol gets The creepy constantly anxious Environment down to a science Controlling protagonists Jacob Lee felt A lot like controlling Isaac from Dead Space they're constantly looking over Her shoulders for what lurks ahead Jacob Feels very heavy in movement and feels Less like a video game character and More like an actual person you're trying To push in the right direction his melee Attacks are a slower wind-up than Unusual FPS melee strikes his run also Feels like a realistic jog speed and not Like a tireless super solder who never

Runs out of stamina Jacob's heavy Presence in the world combined with this Deliberate Pace made Callisto protocol Feel even scarier For the same reasons the combat is Pretty slow and heavy itself while this Feels great in adding realism and Anticipation it was also slightly Frustrating sometimes because I couldn't Time the attack right to smack a Biophage enemy immediately in front of Me this ammo being scarce much like in Dead Space melee seems the best option For dealing with a monster in front of Your face you start with a pistol and a Baton and can unlock a shotgun later you Also have the ability to use Jacob's grp Or grip gravity weapon to pull things Towards you and also push them away in Combat the grip does come in handy in Pulling an enemy then flinging them into A wall or object that can damage them Further there's limited battery on the Weapon though so you can't just Constantly fling enemies off of you While at the start of the level I could Blast through enemies with my pistol at Will and restock I found that the Further I went to the last ammo I would Find it got to a point where I realized That I had five total bullets left going Through multiple checkpoints Callisto Definitely encourages you to save on Bullets and use your environment and

Different combinations to fight through The torn prison but it doesn't really Help you realize you should be Prioritizing other options especially When you're given so much free ammo at The beginning Playstyle when you originally thought You had more freedom of choice was a Little bit frustrating the combat almost Seems to reward perfect combinations of Grip throws Crystal shots and Baton Smacks I have known that going in I Would have been more ready and less Frustrated with the lack of ammo I play Dead space and I know what limited ammo Feels like but in Callisto the ammo Somehow feels even more scarce at a Certain point the aliens you fight will Screw chemicals from their chest and When damaged enough will mutate into a Stronger form when this happens a single Shot to the tentacles will keep them From mutating but if you're out of ammo Or if you have just a few shots left and Miss you're very much out of luck and Have to either try to melee and Dodge Which feels incredibly difficult or die And try again This would often lock you into dying and Respawning a cycle that just got more Frustrating each time I approached it Going into Callisto is a challenging Experience that really tests your Survival skills with precise

Combinations of attacks certain parts of The levels were really like playing a Souls-like game that required you to do Some practice runs and fail before Getting that perfect pass to progress Overall now that I know what to expect I'm willing to give Callisto another try Since the environment was so well done But I really need to be mentally Prepared for frustrations and replaying Specific sequences For more on your favorite horror games Don't miss our Hands-On previews of Resident Evil 4 remake and Dead Space Remake and for everything else in the World of video games stick with IGN [Music]

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