Proteus Review: Bold, creative, exceptional
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Exceptionally imaginative and deeply mysterious, Proteus isn't for everyone, but explorers and those looking for a change of pace will fall in love.
- Beautiful colors and landscapes
- Wonderful musical accompaniment
- Postcards save across systems
- Lack of variety
For all its beauty and serenity, I felt that each time I ventured to the island--how most sessions with Proteus begin--there simply wasn’t enough variety. In fact, the opening view of the island had only slight variations with each new visit. Too often, there were recognizable structures or mountains that looked very similar to previous excursions, just located in a different area. This doesn't take away from the island's visual magic, but does make me question the game's lasting appeal. I reloaded Proteus several times attempting to see something significantly different, but still found only variations of what I had already experienced.
Proteus' other hang-up is its price. This game's style is simply not for everyone and its $13.99 price is going to prevent many from giving it a try. Proteus is exceptionally imaginative, and its developers should be proud of what they have created, but the price point is still prohibitive in a situation where gamers should feel invited to try something different.
The scenes in Proteus are gorgeous and the music sets the mood for a delightful experience. The ability to take shots of your favorite scenes is a nice touch in this constantly evolving world. Gamers looking for a break from action and achievements in favor of serene exploration will be greatly satisfied with Proteus. But others might not see the point, especially for the price of entry. A certain lack of environmental variety may diminish the game's lasting appeal for those who fall in love, but there is still much in Proteus' creative landscape to discover and explore.