Returnal, the award-winning third-person shooter game, has finally arrived on PC!
Developed by Housemarque and originally released exclusively for PlayStation 5, the game has been highly anticipated by PC gamers. With a suite of graphical and performance-based enhancements, Returnal on PC is an unforgettable journey.
About Returnal on PC
The game follows Selene, who crash-lands on a shape-shifting world and must search for her escape through the barren landscape of an ancient civilization. She finds herself fighting tooth and nail for survival, but every time she dies, she is forced to restart her journey from the beginning. The planet changes with every cycle, and so do the items at your disposal. This creates new combinations, empowering players to push their boundaries and approach combat with a different strategy each time.
Returnal is brought to life by stunning visual effects, with the dark beauty of the decaying world around you packed with explosive surprises. From high-stakes, bullet hell-fuelled combat, to jaw-dropping twists and turns set across stark and contrasting environments, players will explore, discover, and fight their way through an unforgiving journey where mystery stalks their every move. Designed for extreme replayability, the procedural world of Returnal invites players to dust themselves off in the face of defeat and take on new, evolving challenges with every rebirth.
The PC Experience
In many ways the PC version of Returnal is the ultimate package, with everything from the original game as well as the expansions and glorious PC graphic upgrades.
Those upgrades include support for achievements, complete with an in-game progress tracker. It also offers five graphical presets and in-game performance metrics, including an FPS counter, a gauge for GPU and CPU usage, and a latency tracker. Players can enjoy a dazzling visual experience with 16:10, Ultrawide (21:9), and Super Ultrawide (32:9) aspect ratios, offering an expanded field of view throughout Atropos. The wider aspects add additional options for cinematics and the user interface. All this in stunning 4K! On high-specification PCs, players can experience deeper immersion with ray-traced reflections and shadows, adding a whole new layer of lighting options – all customizable through various sliders. Performance-enhancing technologies such as NVIDIA’s DLSS and NVIDIA NIS, as well as AMD’s FSR, are also available.
Best Experienced with a DualSense
To feel the sensory overload, first-hand, players can play with the DualSense controller to experience haptic feedback and dynamic trigger effects. Alternatively, you can choose mouse and keyboard or other controller inputs – all with fully customizable button prompts. Expanded accessibility options have also been added, including an alt-fire crosshair charging notification, alongside a Co-op ping system. The game also supports Dolby Atmos and the option to select the type of 3D Audio support. With pinpoint accuracy, players can hear sound all around them, bringing environments to life and helping improve their reactions.
In Co-op Mode, players can share their journey through the shifting labyrinth of Atropos with another PC player. While the hostile nature of Atropos remains unwavering, the possibility of teamwork adds a whole new dimension and means of survival. Each player controls a different version of Selene from different cycles. Using the Chronosis device located in each biome, the host player summons a friend or is matched with another random online player. The progress of the host determines the available item pool for the duration of the multiplayer session.
The Tower of Sisyphus
Finally, the Tower of Sisyphus is accessible as long as players have unlocked the Icarian Grapnel. In this Tower, players can prepare for a new kind of challenge. It’s a nearly endless ascending gauntlet with a pure focus on combat, how high you build up your score and progress, exclusive items, Scout logs, and as-yet-unseen fragments from Selene’s story. The Tower of Sisyphus, House sequences, and Challenge Mode are not available in co-op mode. Cross-play with players on PS5 is not supported.
Returnal’s release on PC brings a whole new level of excitement and challenge to PC gamers. So, get ready to break the cycle and embark on a thrilling journey of survival, exploration, and intense combat. Available Now!
Thankyou to Sony who supplied a copy of Returnal on PC for review purposes.