The Solus Project is an open world post-apocalyptic exploration game. It takes place when the main character crash lands on an obscure planet and has to survive finding scraps from his ship while also trying to satisfy your basic human needs like food, water and shelter. The game looks beautiful as it has the look and feel of a beautiful alien planet with colors from all spectrums of the rainbow. You can really see the detail of the different plants and stone structures that the developer created.
The Solus Project has a very real feel to it and it really puts into perspective the ways to live and survive if you ever happened to be alone in the wild. I was playing this game alone in my room late at night and it proceeded to put the fear of God in me as I looked over my shoulder in game and saw a giant twister coming towards me. That along with the rumbling of the controller made me sprint like hell in the game to some form of safety.
The Gameplay of The Solus Project is very smooth and the craft mechanic is very realistic as you cannot even open a can of food you find without using some sharp object like a sharp rock to pry it open. It brings you into the game that much more and relies on your basic survival instincts. The exploration of the numerous caves was very in depth. It had a very dark feel not unlike the deep and dark caves of Skyrim with numerous secrets hidden throughout. It is unlike the nigh unlimited amount of items you can carry in Skyrim because when you start out you only have a limit of 12 items to use and carry around. This makes it difficult if you want to stock up on food, but you have to see your way through the tunnel with your torch or keep a sharp rock in case you need to open something up.
One of the only complaints I had about The Solus Project is that it takes a while for it to get the story going. After you land you are on your own for a good while. There are various pieces of paper scattered throughout the islands that have stories from the larger ship on them but they are more of side quests and not pertaining to the original story arc. If the story was a bit more involved in the beginning I think it would capture gamers more immediately and, therefore, they would play the game for longer.
Overall The Solus Project was very good and the most overwhelming quality in the game is by far the realism. When you are playing it feels like you are actually on an island exploring caves with your torch; you feel cold and warmth and you need sleep. I give this game 8/10.
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The Solus Project is available for purchase at $19.99 on Steam and GOG.