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Review: Bright Memory: Infinite

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When The Matrix hit our screens, we were all amazed by the sleek time-bending moves. Secretly, or not so in some cases, we all wanted to be Neo. Now, this was never going to be possible! However, game designers wanted us to experience the thrill of dodging bullets, running walls, and leaping from death-defying heights. Consequently, the Bright Memory franchise was created to scratch that itch. Bright Memory: Infinite builds on from its predecessor and aims to wow modern audiences.

Developed by FYQD-Studio and published by Playism, this is a slick, sci-fi FPS title. It has a semi-futuristic theme and combines badass sword combat with out-of-this-world combos. Furthermore, there is a wicked arsenal of weapons, skilful brutes to take down, and an array of collectables to find. Alongside this, you’ll learn new skills, explore grim environments, and discover some long-lost secrets.

Bright Memory: Infinite has fast-paced action interlaced with stealth moments.
Softly, softly, catchy monkey!

Bright Memory: Infinite has a compelling story.

I love an all-out action title, but what I adore more is a great story. Fortunately, Bright Memory: Infinite has both, and I cherished every moment spent with it. With great cinematic, short but complex levels, and an array of gargantuan bosses to annihilate, this will keep you busy. On top of this, there are some RPG elements because of the character skill tree. This was a fantastic inclusion from the developers, as you could tailor the protagonist to your approach. Subsequently, each playthrough is unique, and you must consider how to tackle each situation. 

The story is set in 2036 and the future is bleak. You live in a sprawling and cold metropolis where everyone is out for themselves. One day, a strange phenomenon fills the sky, and no one knows why. Accordingly, the government send in a top-secret agency the SRO to investigate the root cause of the mystery. Soon, you discover that the strange occurrences are connected to an archaic power. Unwittingly, you and your team inch closer to the history of these two worlds and the secrets they hold.

Parkour, unbelievable powers, and an array of weapons. 

When a game claims to be a slick futuristic shooter, it better live up to those words. Fortunately, Bright Memory: Infinite more than delivers on its promises. Consequently, what you experience is a buttery smooth title that is enjoyable to play. Whether you are running and gunning, sniping from afar, or hacking limbs from torsos, it’s brutal as hell. However, this could be any modern FPS title. So, what makes this stand out from its peers? Well, the blend of combos, supernatural powers, and parkour moves, that’s what.

Further to this, there are some fantastic high-adrenaline scenes that will blow your mind. Without giving the plot away, you learn to grapple over monstrous chasms, take down your foes in a car chase, and have a gunfight on an airliner. However, it isn’t just about mindless high-octane action. No, you must consider each battle while studying your opponents. Some will be wearing armour that requires accuracy and patience. Others can be lifted from the ground with your telekinetic powers. Then, there is the ability to deflect bullets with your sword, run up walls, and leap massive gaps. All in all, it’s a crazy athletic title that uses the strong foundations of its predecessor.

On top of this, there are some insane boss battles to contend with. These pain-in-the-ass brutes are tough, annoying, and determined to ruin your day. What’s more, they have endless goons to support them, and this makes it tougher still. You must think outside of the box, move fast, and use every weapon to take them down. Annoyingly, failure is all but assured, but this matters not! You’ll brush yourself off, learn from your mistakes, and come back stronger.

Slick reloading forms and essential part of the gameplay.
Reload and fire.

Bright Memory: Infinite looks fantastic.

Because of the first-person perspective, the action feels fast, in your face, and pretty oppressive. What’s more, the 60 FPS and the 4k Ultra HD resolution are both smooth and impressive to look at. Furthermore, the incredible detail can be seen in the phenomenal weaponry, your horrendous foes, and the fantastic environment. The world has been modelled against real-life locations in China and this gives it an uncanny, realistic edge. The developers have created an uncomfortable and grim landscape because of its earthy colour palette. Consequently, this adds to the oppressive nature and the doomed undertones of your mission.

The visuals are great because they are complemented by the excellent audio. With some amazing acting, loud and obnoxious sound effects, and angry and aggressive music, it works with the theme. I adored the depth of the guns firing, the gut-wrenching booms of incendiary devices, and the daunting sounds of the choppers overhead. Subsequently, each element of the audio is well-considered, and this enhances the overall experience.

Take a break from the shooting and jump in a car.
Don’t let them get away.

Excellent controls = smooth action. 

Bright Memory: Infinite uses a detailed but easy-to-understand tutorial. As new mechanics are dropped, a step-by-step guide highlights the fundamentals. Now, you may worry that’ll break up the immersive nature of the game, but it doesn’t. Instead, it nicely integrates them into the action. Accordingly, this considered approach makes it simple to play and great for gamers of all abilities. Furthermore, the responsive and well-laid-out controls work with the high-paced gameplay. You can easily swap between weapons, hack up your foes, or leap from platform to platform. This was essential when hordes of enemies or the bosses were attacking. 

Though the story is linear, you are free to explore each level. Fortunately, the developers have hidden boxes, ammo, and Reliquaries for you to find. The latter is key to unlocking new skills and consequently will make the game easier to play. Sadly, though, other than this, there is little meat on the bone and this impacts both longevity and replay value. However, completionists must invest many hours in unlocking everything and trying every skill. 

Bright Memory: Infinite is an enjoyable title. 

I was a little sceptical, to begin with. However, I’m glad this didn’t put me off. Because of its real-life locations, a large array of enemies, and interesting combat mechanics, it’s an enjoyable title to play. Bright Memory: Infinite is only held back by its short game time, but don’t let this put you off. If you are in the market for a slick and stylish futuristic shooter, then look no further. I liked it and I recommend you to buy it here! Can you discover the secret behind the strange phenomenon? Grab your guns, use your powers, and take down every enemy in your way. 

SUMMARY

Bright Memory: Infinite is a wonderfully slick FPS set in a dank, futuristic world. You must explore some real-to-life locations as you uncover an array of long-forgotten secrets. Though the core gameplay isn't so long, there are various play styles to undertake that add to the replay value and longevity.


+ 60 FPS and smooth gameplay.
+ The environment is daunting and fascinating to explore.
+ Excellent audio and acting.
+ Nicely considered controls.
+ There is some replay value.
+ The story is compelling.

- Not long enough.

(Rating: PEGI 18 Extreme Violence Release date: 21/07/2022)


(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5)


Daniel Waite
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: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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Review: Bright Memory: Infinite<p class="has-text-align-justify" style="font-size:14px"><em>Bright Memory: Infinite</em> is a wonderfully slick FPS set in a dank, futuristic world. You must explore some real-to-life locations as you uncover an array of long-forgotten secrets. Though the core gameplay isn't so long, there are various play styles to undertake that add to the replay value and longevity.</p><br/> + 60 FPS and smooth gameplay.<br/> + The environment is daunting and fascinating to explore.<br/> + Excellent audio and acting.<br/> + Nicely considered controls.<br/> + There is some replay value.<br/> + The story is compelling.<br/> <br/> - Not long enough.<br/> <br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(<b>Rating:</b> PEGI 18 Extreme Violence <b>Release date:</b> 21/07/2022)</p><br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5)</p><br/>