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Wavetale Review

Soar through an unforgettable world

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on 🌊

Wavetale is also available for PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

Wavetale is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB

Wavetale is one of the most unique and enjoyable indies that I've played all year so get ready for one wet and wild ride in a lovely world.

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Sounds like a plan, granny!

Meet Sigrid and her granny

Wavetale takes place in a flooded world and stars the young lady Sigrid. She's close friends with her cranky grandmother who's actually quite funny although she's also rather protective. One day, Sigrid stumbles upon a shadow that looks exactly like her yet she's upside-down and runs along the water's surface while being submerged. This grants Sigrid the ability to run on the water's surface as the pair's feet meet in the middle. It's such a mind-bending premise for a game that I was captivated almost immediately. Along Sigrid's journey, she'll meet plenty of folks; many of which must be rescued from a strange liquid casing and the more people you meet, the more inviting and interesting the game world becomes. Have you ever played anything quite like this? I'm pretty sure I haven't. v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

Surf's up

Running along the water's surface just feels awesome seeing how freeing and fast-paced it is. In fact, that's how I'd describe Wavetale's gameplay as a whole: freely fast-paced. You can surf on the water incredibly fast, charge a super-high jump, double-jump, hover by twirling your net around, and grapple to certain points which warps you straight to them. These moves are handled very intuitively and stringing them together to fling yourself across the large environments is a blast, especially when you get into the swing of things. 😄

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What are these monsters and where did they come from?

Banish dark fiends

Another aspect to Wavetale's gameplay is combat. All you really do is mash the attack button but you can also move out of harm's way when you see enemies readying their attacks. With that being said, it must take a lot of hits before you bite the dust because I never failed once. In other words, it's an incredibly unchallenging game but even though I love challenging games, Wavetale still has a special place in my heart thanks to its awe-inspiring world and phenomenal sense of speed that really makes everything come to life.

Conquer challenges

Every once in a while, a boss will emerge that essentially has you navigate structures in order to flip switches which helps break things up a bit. With that in mind, the most substantial challenges are the optional time trials that Asta offers you where you navigate a course while collecting clocks for extra time. Now, there are only a handful of these which is kind of a bummer but mastering them provides the most amount of reward in all of Wavetale as once you perform a run perfectly, it feels great even if it took a few attempts. ⏱️

A beautiful flooded world

I personally think that Wavetale is one of the most beautiful indie games ever made. Its visuals may not be realistic but the way that faces are animated has a childlike wonder to it while the ebb and flow of the water as you surf on it is wonderfully hypnotic stuff. On top of the fantastical graphical aesthetics lies a gorgeous audio layer complete with superb voice acting and a top-notch soundtrack that brings a lot of emotion to the game world thanks to the soft instrumentation and gentle compositions. Even though all of this is undeniably captivating, I should mention that Wavetale has some of the worst screen tearing that I've ever seen in a game and there are other issues such as pop-in and infrequent stuttering. These issues are easily forgiven, though, once you get lost in the wonder of it all.

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Where will Sigrid's adventure take her next?

I'm thoroughly impressed with Wavetale as it completely surpassed my expectations by being one of the most beautifully captivating indies that I've ever played. Even though it's a tad short, I can definitely see myself playing through it again and again.

  • + Absolutely wondrous atmosphere complete with a superb soundtrack
  • + Excellent sense of speed
  • + Lovely visuals and immersive world
  • - Has a lot of screen tearing and other performance issues
  • - Overall lack of challenge
8.1 out of 10
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