The life of a modern refugee is a tough one indeed, constantly attempting to seek asylum in a usually hostile environment. Turn said environment into a Blade Runner-esque city, complete with weird, strange monsters to deal with, and you will soon see why North, the game that sees this come to life, won’t be a walk in the park.
All alone in this cyberpunk world, you will assume the role of a foreign man applying for asylum, and through exploring the world and interacting with letters you send to your sister, you will soon progress the story and hopefully discover what is needed to be successful in your application. Working your way around the sprawling city will involve solving simple puzzles – get that thinking-cap primed ready for use.
Length-wise, and you won’t be playing North for weeks on end. In fact it has no saves or pauses included due to its such short length, but for the more than reasonable price of £3.99 it is worth a look.
North is out on Xbox One, PS4, PSVita, PC and Nintendo Switch – and as an added bonus it is an Xbox One X Enhanced title. Go grab it from the Microsoft Store for just £3.99.
If you are still undecided – then I’m sure our review will help.
In NORTH you play a man who applies for asylum in a city filled with strange creatures and strange customs. Dealing with the issue of the contemporary refugee crisis while at the same time being deeply rooted in a classical cyberpunk atmosphere à la Blade Runner, NORTH features a dark synthpop soundtrack, a sprawling mega-city and weird monster-like inhabitants. The gameplay is very straightforward and mostly consists of exploration and simple puzzles. The main difficulty is to understand what you have to do in order to get asylum. You’ve come from an foreign land in the south and find yourself lost and confused – a confusion you convey through letters to your sister back home. An important part of the gameplay, these letters help you understand your tasks while at the same time moving the narrative of the game forward.