When we were last at Eurogamer, two as yet unreleased games caught our eye. There was something about them visually which flat out stopped us in our tracks. The first was Murdered: Soul Suspect. The second? The Swapper. If you’ve not seen it, either on PC or PS4 preview footage, then you’re in for a treat. The game visually is majestic. Lumbered on a space station after humans have used all their resources, you need to complete puzzles. By completing them, this will enable you to explore the space station and find orbs that are used to open certain doors, allowing you to venture further on your journey.
There are aspects of the game you would have seen before, like the Metroidvania type path you must take. But ironically, the most original aspect of the game is to do with cloning what you already have – yourself. You possess the ability of cloning yourself a further 3 times, resulting in 4 of you being on the screen at the same time. To become individual again, you merely make physical contact with yourself to reclaim – yourself. Sound confusing? Wait till you get to the puzzles. If you move right, they move right. If you jump, they jump. It’s with this mechanic that you must figure your way through the puzzles. For someone like me, I found the puzzles really hard. They’re so intelligent that they’re veering on too intelligent. Later on, gravity comes in to play and then your brain will really start to hurt. That being said, a lot of people with a higher IQ than me could probably complete the whole game in 4-6 hours. And it doesn’t take away from the fact that The Swapper does what all good games should. It takes you away to another place. It makes you think. It makes you sit in wonder at how ridiculously beautiful it is to look at. The textures are staggeringly gorgeous and the atmosphere the game generates is jaw dropping. Believe me, you’re going on a journey and you need to prepare. My recommendation would be to turn the lights out, put The Swapper on and play it in the middle of the night. Oh and make sure you have your thinking cap on.
The Swapper will make you feel lucky you have a PS4. It’s a visually stunning, brain achingly intelligent experience which will suck you in to its one of a kind atmosphere. The Swapper truly is out of this world, in more ways than one.
Punk rating: 9/10