This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Breathedge.
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It’s the time of year when triple-As are put to bed to dream restless dreams of middling metacritic ratings and rampaging seven-headed Twitch influencers, and we have to keep the nightlight on with midrange jank and the usual indie survive-em-ups. It’s not that I dislike survival-crafting as a genre, I just don’t feel like it’s taught me any practical survival skills. I head out into the wilderness, gather some wood and some stone, pack them together and tuck them under my scrotum for five seconds, and the result is not a makeshift axe but an awkward conversation with my prostate specialist. But anyway. This week, I’ve been playing an indie survival-craft’em up called Breathedge, which is Subnautica but in space. “Why yes, I am that very thing, Yahtz, in fact I contain multiple direct references to Subnautica to acknowledge its influence.” You know, you’re really sucking the fun out of dismissive know-it-all assholery, Breathedge. But yes, take Subnautica and remove all the water so that nothing remains but cold forbidding vacuum, and that’s Breathedge. And while you’re at it, remove the interesting story and any particular reason to engage with its base building mechanics. Wait, I liked those! You removed too much, Breathedge!