The horror The Callisto Protocol did not impress the critics
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The horror The Callisto Protocol did not impress the critics, and the players completely defeated the new project of the creator of Dead Space

As promised, December 2 saw not only the release of Striking Distance Studios’ sci-fi horror The Callisto Protocol, but also the first reviews of it from Western press.

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At the time the material was published, The Callisto Protocol had collected a little under 60 reviews on the Metacritic aggregator site: for the version for PS5 had 37 reviews, Xbox Series X and S – 16 and so on personal computer – 6. The rating of the game is 75-76%.

In the story, players in the role of pilot Jacob Lee must escape from the black metal prison on Callisto, which is swarming with grotesque mutants. The development was led by the creator of Dead Space Glen Schofield (Glen Schofield), and it can be felt.

    Heroic death animations in The Callisto Protocol are violent, long, frequent, and non-skippable

Heroic death animations in The Callisto Protocol are violent, long, frequent, and non-skippable

Reviewers praised The Callisto Protocol for its thick and tense atmosphere, stunning graphics with animations, brutal combat system with unusual evasion mechanics, and cinematic storytelling.

Among the minuses there is a general secondary nature against the background of Dead Space, a storyline filled with clichés, a lack of really scary moments, weak camouflage, difficult jumps towards the end, a small selection of enemies and technical problems PC.

    The PC version suffers from stuttering and poor optimization, which is reflected in the rating on Steam

The PC version suffers from stuttering and poor optimization, which is reflected in the rating on Steam

Overall, the team turned out to be an intriguing action film with horror elements and a not-always-comfortable combat system that does little more than claim the title of a gruesome spiritual heir to Dead Space. Whether that’s good or bad is up to the players to decide for themselves.

The Callisto Protocol is available for PC (Steam, Epic Games Store), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S. The game’s Season Pass includes an unannounced story addon, new modes, alternate skins, and bonus death animations.

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