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Review: Foreclosed

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The draw of futuristic games and the unnerving thought of Big Brother watching us spurs on gamers to adore the Cyberpunk theme. We’re all aware of CD Projekt RED’s unfortunate shortcomings with Cyberpunk 2077, but this hasn’t put us off. Foreclosed allows you to put your realistic ideals aside while taking a journey into the neon and morally corrupt future.

Developed by Antab Studio and Merge Games and published by the latter, this is a dark, seedy, and futuristic action-adventure title. The game revolves around corrupt corporations, money, and the desire to be powerful. The neon-infused game is told through a stylistic comic book panel effect that flits between perspectives. With hard-hitting audio and badass characters, you’ll quickly fall for its cool aesthetics and punchy storyline.

Foreclosed is a tale of deceit and tainted power. 

You control Evan Kapnos a man who wakes one day to find his identity being stripped away. His personality and implants and been foreclosed and they’ll be sold to the highest bidder. He loses all privileges, and his only right is to go to court to have his case heard. As he starts that painful journey, he is ambushed and here his true path begins. You discover that your body has been used as an experiment and a powerful and rich collaborator cannot allow for this top-secret tech to be seen. He closes your place of employment and, subsequently, your life as a desperate way to regain control. You must discover this individual’s identity and escape before your personality is taken from you.

Foreclosed blends a wonderful mixture of action-adventure and visual novel mechanics as you take on its narrative-driven story. You’ll learn special powers, battle goons, and sneak in the shadows as you edge closer to the truth. The action and text-based conversations seamlessly flow. No matter how hard you try, you’ll be glued to the dramatic plot.

Take your time and don’t slip.

Experimental implants = awesome mind-blowing abilities.

Futuristic games never cease to amaze me! With the freedom to do as they wish, developers bend the laws of physics and create some truly awesome experiences. Foreclosed makes the most of this artistic licence with its fantastic special powers that aid the protagonist throughout. His experimental implants may have caused his plight, but they also help to make him superhuman. Starting off relatively low key, he can hack open electronics and cripple unsuspecting humans. These are soon upgraded to allow for; telekinesis, new attacks, shields, and so forth.

Evan can combine each skill and this makes for some truly memorable moments. Lifting a goon and smashing him to the floor was fantastic. Alternatively, you’ll throw someone in the air to use them as a human clay pigeon. You’ll snigger and laugh as your opponents drop like flies. It’s evil, sadistic, but you remember you didn’t start this war, they did.

The upgrades and new abilities follow a more traditional route. You gain them through natural progression or after XP is collected. The adage “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” is true. Most gamers will enjoy this comfortable mechanic as XP is awarded for; successful battles, completion of tasks, and hacking hidden devices. It added a nice layer to the well-paced gameplay and allows you to dictate your approach and style.

Such a warm welcome.

Other heating implants and lethargic combat.

I admire many of Foreclosed qualities, however, sadly, there are some glaring pitfalls. Evan should be powerful, agile, and leave you in awe, yet he doesn’t! Every action he undertakes generates heat within his implants. This is made worse when you improve your pistol. Three upgrades can be used, but doing so causes it to overheat in seconds. You’ll spend most of your time cowering in a corner waiting for your meter to cool down. Instead of annihilating your opponents and losing yourself in each battle, you sit patiently, waiting. It reduces the excitement of any battle situation and undoubtedly is the common cause of your death.

You’ll load up with armour piercing rounds, bullets that explode, rapid-fire and more. It all sounds great, but it makes the combat clunky and lethargic. You’ll hide while your foes stand by shooting at a wall. It’s silly, unrealistic, and reduces any fear factor during every battle. It’s a shame as I wanted to feel like a superhero, instead, it was just lame and understated. Fortunately, though, the stealth moments pulled the gameplay back in line and prevented the action sections from being a complete failure. Frying someone’s mind or sneaking through restricted areas was great, and I wish there was more of this.

Foreclosed is colourful, stylised, and wonderful to look at.

Foreclosed is undeniably great to look at. Its vivid colours, neon hue, and comic book styling are fantastic. The way the gameplay flows from top-down to the first-person perspective is buttery smooth and the comic panels work in perfect harmony. As the screen splits into micro scenes, you’ll observe the action from CCTV, through Evan’s eyes, and from a birds-eye perspective. It was unique, and it instantly captured my attention. Though it was great, there were a few issues with camera movement and positioning. It appeared to judder at times and this was uncomfortable to look at. There were also moments where you’d pan around and be stuck staring at a wall. These drawbacks didn’t ruin the game, they simply stood out against the well-polished finish.

When a game demands that you fall for its dark and seedy nature, you know the audio will be heavy. The loud and uncomfortable soundtrack adds energy and tension throughout. You’ll be on edge constantly as you wait for enemies to jump out on you, or something to go wrong. There were moments when the audio didn’t match the action and this was obvious in the slow-paced combat. With the music blaring I expected to go in all guns blazing however, I was sat behind a wall waiting to cool down. Other than the slight pacing issues, the sound was great and helped to suck you into the futuristic world.

Work together to save each other.

The controls are super sensitive!

I rarely adjust the controls as I usually make do. Sadly, Foreclosed has got the control sensitivity wrong. The twitchy set-up is all over the place and aiming and shooting is almost impossible. Adjusting the settings to your liking is a must, otherwise, you’ll be frustrated from the moment you are given a weapon. If you overlook the sensitivity issues you find a well set up title that is easy to get to grips with. Abilities are mapped to your liking and the rest of the controls are responsive.

As the gameplay unfolds linearly, you’ll be pushed to find fresh action if you were to return to it. There is the option for different upgrades, but I don’t think this is enough of a draw to make you complete it again. The replay value isn’t enhanced by the game’s moderate achievement list, sadly. Therefore, completionists will have this finished in one playthrough. Luckily, the first run is worthwhile, and it provides great value for money.

Foreclosed brings the Cyberpunk world to life. 

Foreclosed captured my attention immediately! Its hard-hitting story and wonderful aesthetics are tough to resist. I loved the stealth elements and wanted more hacking and sneaky kills. The game is sadly lacking in its combat elements and the overreliance on the implant heat meter made the action unnecessarily slow. Evan appears more vulnerable and human than a superhero and this was a letdown for me. With some wonderful ideas and a great world to explore, the gameplay isn’t tainted by its few shortcomings. I enjoyed it and recommend you to buy it here! Losing your identity is not a laughing matter. Fight for your freedom and escape before the system sells your life. 

SUMMARY

Foreclosed is a stylish comic book inspired Cyberpunk action-adventure title. A wonderfully dark story forms the backbone of this dangerous tale. Upgrade your abilities and fight the goons that stand in your way.

+ Striking comic book imagery.
+ A dark and hard-hitting audio.
+ An excellent story.
+ The gameplay flows nicely.
- The combat is clunky and lethargic.
- Limited replay value.
- It lacks that superhero feel.

(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.)
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: [email protected]
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