Journey to the Savage Planet is a sci-fi first-person shooter adventure game and is available on PS NOW. You play as an employee of Kindred Aerospace, the fourth-best interstellar exploration company and basically, your job is to search an uncharted planet to see if it’s suitable for human colonization and the game can be played solo or via an online co-op system.
The action starts with you landing on a strange planet and your first task is to learn how all your gadgets work. You’ve got a scanner to identify elements or points of interest and once you collect enough resources, you’ll be able to craft a firearm. Your ship has a 3D printer onboard and over time you’ll unlock blueprints for new tools but only once you ID the correct materials to make them. You also have guns, grappling hooks, jet pack boosters, and many more technological advancements as you progress through the story.
The game world is a colorful and varied affair with ridiculous wildlife, extravagant architecture, and mysterious threats to overcome. Teleportation hubs can be unlocked and you can also use local resources that act as projectiles, some even allow you to create bouncy jumping pads and others use acid to melt materials, and a sludgy type one that slows down enemies. Every creature you kill drops some sort of material ranging from carbon, aluminum, and silicon, collect enough of certain types of these resources and you can improve your character’s loadout back at the 3D printer.
I’d say Journey to the Savage Planet is more about platforming, traversing the environments, and solving rudimentary puzzles. Your grappling hook opens up the game world as do the natural resources letting you create anchors to climb to new regions. Your jetpack will improve over time and the game does a fantastic job in terms of the progression. Things start out pretty basic but over time you do get lots of cool little gadgets that open up locked areas.
Backtracking really pays off once you’re more advanced on the technological front. The combat lets the overall experience down a bit as the combat doesn’t feel right. The enemies are a little bit basic to kill as well as all the bosses and the combat feels like a bit of an afterthought. It’s definitely more a game about good exploration, good platforming, and good puzzle solving. Graphically Journey to the Savage Planet looks pretty nice throughout, the color palette is bright, over the top, and suits the humorous and ridiculous nature of the game.
You also have graphic filters available if you want to alter how the game actually looks and there is also a photo mode available which is okay, it’s not massively comprehensive but it does the job. The sound, on the whole, is very good with one minor issue your AI assistant has a voice that really starts to grate on you after a while and you can turn it off but the info you get from it is useful but unfortunately, you can’t alter the voice to a more pleasing variation.
The progression system is well-paced, the game world is varied and interesting and there are a plethora of cool gadgets to play with. It’s got an excellent sense of humor and it’s a fairly chilled experience that never gets too taxing or annoying. On the other hand, the AI voiceover is incredibly annoying and the combat feels like an afterthought. Journey to the Savage Planet is a decent sci-fi adventure experience with a strong progression loop.
The combat isn’t the best but putting that aside the platforming is very enjoyable, the puzzles are fun and it is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure from start to finish. I definitely recommend it to sci-fi fans, adventure game fans, or anyone who likes games with a good sense of humor and a bit of ridiculousness. Overall, Journey to the Savage Planet is a very good game with a few minor faults but nothing that will negatively impact your overall experience.
Journey to the Savage Planet has been permanently added to the PS NOW service.
Journey to the Savage Planet is a decent sci-fi adventure experience with a strong progression loop. The combat isn't the best but putting that aside platforming is very enjoyable, the puzzles are fun and it is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure from start to finish. I definitely recommend it to sci-fi fans, adventure game fans, or anyone who likes games with a good sense of humor and a bit of ridiculousness.