Review – Frostpunk: Console Edition
Frostpunk hit PC in April of last year and has finally made the jump to the PS4 and Xbox One, allowing console gamers to share the agonizing experience.
I reviewed – and loved – the PC experience already (you can find that here) so this will be a bit shorter and will focus on the additions since then and how the port to consoles holds up.
In terms of additions, the Console Edition of the game bundles in all the DLC that’s been released, including the one thing I didn’t think would exist when I wrote the PC review – Endless mode. This mode has two sub modes that set the difficulty: Endurance for a harder challenge, and Serenity for an easier – but not easy – time of it. With no time limit, this allows gamers to really explore the tech trees while pushing their city’s boundaries farther and farther.
Fortunately the controls keep up to the demands placed on them, with a redesigned menu system that’s a radial design mirroring the radial building pattern used to keep new construction within reach of the generator’s warmth. With two main menus tied to each trigger and using the bumpers to jump between sub-menus, this is a remarkably slick interface that provides easy access to everything you need and a minimal learning curve.
For those moments you’re feeling overwhelmed, however, a simple downwards tap on the d-pad will pause time. Up resumes at normal speed, while left and right alter the speed time flows by. It’s a system that feels somehow ‘right’ and becomes second nature in no time at all – send out villagers for resources, tap right to speed it up, down to pause when it’s time to build… The very best controls are those you don’t have to think about, and that’s something Frostpunk: Console Edition nails.
What I liked:
- just packed with tough decisions to make and things to think about
- slickly redesigned interface that works extremely well
- bundling all DLC means there’s tons of content to wade through
- relentlessly punishing without feeling overwhelming
What I didn’t like:
- Nothing at all. This is a must-play for strategy fans.