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Quick Look: Journey to the Savage Planet

It can get lonely in space! Thankfully you can always MAKE a friend!

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Jan. 29 2020

Cast: Brad, Ben

Posted by: Jan

In This Episode:

Journey to the Savage Planet

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This looks fun.

Has an Outer Worlds/NMS look.

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To anyone giving this one a go: Highly recommend keyboard and mouse over a pad.

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Edited By rayne117

Hopefully this game isn't as annoyingly narrated as Subnautica was... after watching for 18 minutes, yeeeeaup, another annoying robot narrator thing. I'm so tired of snotty computer voices talking shit to me constantly. Looks really nice though

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@strathy: Yeah, just from looking at the QL it looks like controller aiming might be a bit frustrating here.

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@jarp12: It really does! Wasn't on my radar before this but it looks neat.

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They really made a *choice* with that name though, huh?

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Worst high-fiving ever.

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@rayne117: Funny how we went full circle. We use to think dingle destiny cold voice no wise cracks robot voice was bad so give us more portal or snarky stuff. We then got borderlands claptrap like stuff or portal and now its the ironic isnt all this absurd stuff funny the world is awful. It becomes weirder when games are doing this and you uncomfortably have to chuckle then think wait...thats not far off from insert situation in life here. Anyway I think the humor hits well with enough people that it sells so youll see more of it till another fad. Like how gray shooters were a thing and now fortnite turned everything unintentionally into bright colorful shooters.

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I became interested.

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@rayne117: I don't remember that at all from Subnautica. Did I play that game on mute somehow??

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Boy, maybe the size of the guns is making it worse, but the FOV in this game is way too narrow for me. Hope it is adjustable.

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Is the fov in this game like 40? Jesus.

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Ahh this game seems right up my alley! I love this recent trend of games set in colorful alien planets inspired by 50's/60's sci fi art. I hope it comes to Switch.

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Edited By PurpleOddity

Point of pedantry: Subnautica's world is fully 'bespoke' as well, the only thing that is randomised is where you start in the shallows.

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Oh my freaking meg Mary and Nancy there is a kotaku article saying this games name is offensive.

Savage

(of an animal or force of nature) fierce, violent, and uncontrolled.

"packs of savage dogs roamed the streets"

Trying to conflate it with a racial term 200 years ago is a serious what the fuck moment

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This is not the most obvious comparison but I'm getting heavy, 3D platformer vibes from this - a la games like Jak & Daxter but first person and a gun.

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Oh my freaking meg Mary and Nancy there is a kotaku article saying this games name is offensive.

Savage

(of an animal or force of nature) fierce, violent, and uncontrolled.

"packs of savage dogs roamed the streets"

Trying to conflate it with a racial term 200 years ago is a serious what the fuck moment

Dude, it's called the "savage planet", like "dark continent" or "untamed west"? It's really not a huge leap to connect the dots there, especially when the game actually calls you a colonizer.

That doesn't mean the game is altogether bad, but it's a really weird, and imo, pretty ignorant choice to make.

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@trty0: No that's a pretty big leap.

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Buying this in spite of that voiceover on the ship

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The gameplay here looks like a lot of fun and I really dig the look. I might have to check this out eventually.

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Edited By sweetz

Initially the FOV seemed insanely narrow to me too, but after watching some more videos and I think it's just how big the player's hands are on screen making it feel very claustrophobic. It feels like the player is holding their hands like 6 inches from their face and the constant exaggerated bobbing of the left hand when moving drives me nuts.

Does anyone know if you can "put away" your left hand or are you always carrying something?

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The mics sound especially bad in this video. Audio balance is way off, too.

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"Go to a mysterious planet and kill all the wildlife for lulz" is a really tiresome concept. The very idea is so close minded that I'll guess the narrative is really really bad too.

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@sweetz: As far as I can tell you cannot sheath your left hand. There are some tools that are less intrusive than others though, and you get sorta used to it after a while.

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Field of View looks pretty low? Definitely seemed to contribute to Ben & Brad missing where to go at the end of that boss fight.

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dude this looks rad as hell compared to the trailers. Did not expect this, I will hell of play this ANIMATED AS HECK game next paycheck

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Really rough audio on this QL, they both sound too loud and echoey

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@trty0: it’s a pretty big leap like jump over the Grand Canyon on your BMX big

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I've found Wests audio just getting worse and worse lately. Its especially bad in this video.

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@sweetz: yeah it was definitely distracting at first but honestly at a point i got pretty used to it

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Wow some cool concepts but the boss fight taking 10 mins and the humor that is like invader zim level randomcheese monkey dishwasher is telling of why this game is reviewing at 6 out of 10.

Hard parse on this one as they say

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I see this comes from the school of visual design that says "alien planet = random bright color vomit fills the screen"

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Really enjoying this game at 5 hours in. It's like if an indie studio developed a Metroid Prime like game.

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@alistercat said:

The mics sound especially bad in this video. Audio balance is way off, too.

I agree, Ben's mic is too reverb-y

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Kinda wish they hadn't been this far into the game for the QuickLook, as it's basically spoiling the discovery of things.

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One minute in, and we have a near time-to-Brad, followed immediately by a button-mashing slap fight. Nice.

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Meh, too much like Subnautica, No Man's Sky and/or Astroneer in both look and feel for my taste. That sort of game has been made THREE times, so unless they make is better what is the point?
And, what is the point against "any of the other" resources farming games?

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@monkeyking1969: but it doesn’t seem to be very similar to any of those games. It’s more like a weird take on Metroid Prime.

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So...that's what a Bulletstorm mod would look like.

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What's up with the red arrow that's on screen almost half of the video? Made me constantly think Ben had an enemy near him that he was ignoring, but maybe it's another buggy part of the game.

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Hot mics in this one for sure. It's especially noticeable when coming off a Beast video. And the gameplay is just too low. Especially when you're trying to show off a new game.

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@monkeyking1969: it's not like those games at all. it's a new metroid prime.

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I've been playing this game exclusively single-player, and I can say that so far, it hasn't been hard at all and has been a blast to play. I gotta agree with Brad though, my biggest complaint would probably be that there is no map, which I feel this game could have benefitted from a little bit.

But aside from that, this game is soooooo much fun to play. It really has a heavy Metroid Prime vibe about it, which I really love.