bright memory xbox series x

Take a look at the trailer for Bright Memory and tell us how a single developer could possibly produce it. Even if it turns out to be a short tech demo (and the £6.69 price tag implies it’s somewhere in that area), it’s a hell of an achievement, and Zeng Xiancheng deserves all the plaudits he gets. Bright Memory is out now on Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam.

To be honest, a tech demo is often exactly what you want when you’re showcasing a new console, and the Xbox Series X|S gets the privilege of hosting Bright Memory. 

As a game, Bright Memory looks like it wants all the best bits from multiple genres. There’s melee fighting, first-person shooting, and even some Adept-style biotics, and it looks like you’re going to be flipping between them all. Combat looks insanely fast, taking full advantage of the Xbox Series X hardware. 

We’re trying to untangle the story, but perhaps that’s not the point. You play Shelia (not Sheila), and – honestly, we’re not quite sure about this – we think you get teleported to a dormant, floating island above the North Pole, and it’s up to you to find a way off of it. There are terrorists, 1000-year old relic swords, and black-market tomb-raiders, just to add a little something extra to the mix. 

It might just be us, but there are hints of some of the best AA shooters from the Xbox 360 in Bright Memory. We’re getting Binary Domain, Dark Sector vibes from this one, and if it’s anywhere near as fun and pulpy as those two, we’re more than happy. 

Bright Memory is out now on Xbox Series X and will cost you £6.69. It’s also out on PC where it’s been grabbing some decent review for a while.

Game Description:

Bright Memory is a lightning-fast fusion of the FPS and action genres, created by one-man development studio FYQD using Unreal Engine. Combine a wide variety of skills and abilities to unleash dazzling combo attacks. SRO (Supernatural Science Research Organization) agent Shelia’s adventure is about to begin. This game depicts the maiden adventure of a woman named Shelia in the year 2020. The 1000-year-old relic swords known as “Kanshou and Bakuya”, discovered through SRO research, have been found to comprise a unique multilayered structure, containing a mysterious substance in their cores. This substance, known as the “Soul of Jiu Xuan”, possesses the ability to reanimate the dead. In an attempt to take possession of the substance, the “SAI” – a massive terrorist organization controlling its own army – has used a cutting-edge piece of technology known as a “Quantum Transporter” to infiltrate the SRO research facility and steal top-secret and incredibly dangerous data. To make matters worse, while attempting to calibrate coordinates on the Quantum Transporter, Shelia mistakenly activates the device, immediately transporting everyone in the vicinity to the Floating Island – an airborne continent near the North Pole, undisturbed in its slumber for over 1000 years. It is soon discovered that the various beasts and corpses of those who once populated the island have been reanimated by the “Soul of Jiu Xuan”, and they’re coming for Shelia…

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