preview by Ed Gray
Developed by Ape Tribe Games, Disjunction is an action, indie, RPG game set in the cyberpunk world of New York in 2048. Straight from the off I had a very 8-bit feel to the game which gave me OG Metal Gear vibes.
Something I learned very early on in Disjunction is that you have to be very stealthy, which I am not!!
When I first started Disjunction I was very confused as I wasn’t sure what to expect. It gave me a very cyberpunk feel from the get go. The tutorial could have been better rather than just prompts on the screen. That being said, it was very easy to understand and I got the idea of what I had to do pretty much straight away. The game itself sucked me in quickly and made me want to keep playing where as I have played games before and given up within the first few minutes because I get instantly bored. This game definitely didn’t have that lack of appeal.
In Disjunction you can play as three different characters, which all offer unique stealth-action mechanics. This gives the players the freedom to play however they want to. Meaning they can be in full stealth mode or running around as much as they want.
WARNING! The latter will end up in confrontation and you being killed…possibly.
As gameplay goes on, the player will unfold a story and a mystery that will determine and change the fate of their city. Choices have Consequences!
My view on Disjunction overall is it really gets you thinking, which can get frustrating at times if you’re not ready for that. Being good at stealth games is a must with this game!
As mentioned before it has the 8-bit feel. It is a dark game that also adds to the cyber-punk-ness of it. If you like retro, indie games this is definitely one for you.
This game has won awards for
- Official Selection PAX Rising Pax East 2019
- Official Selection PAX Rising Pax South 2018
- DreamHack Atlanta 2018 Best RPG
All of which I feel are deserved for this up and coming Indie Game.
Some key features that I found in Disjunction are:
- Challenging stealth-action gameplay that lets you play the way that suits your style, whether it’s sneaking through levels or attacking head-on.
- 30+ handcrafted non-linear levels.
- 3 playable characters, each with individual abilities, cybernetic upgrades and talents to customise your play style.
- A reactive story where the player’s choices have real consequences.
- Stylised pixel art environments and characters.
- Atmospheric musical score by composer Dan Farley
You can’t buy Disjunction yet as it is still in Beta mode, but it will be coming soon to Steam for you to buy.
My view on Disjunction overall is that it is well structured and put together. The stealth mechanic is great. The sound can get a little loud meaning you may have to turn it down like I did.