Review: Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier (PS4).

Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier makes its debut on the market and tries to break into the genre recently dominated by Telltale Games narrative games. The PlayLink initiative strongly promotes the trend of interactive movies, and we are checking if there is a place for them next to traditional games?

Let’s start with that Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is not a game. Unlike the studio Telltale Games, the creators do not intend to pretend and make it clear – their production is an interactive animated film, where we only make choices. But again we get the illusion of shaping history. Before writing the text, I completed the title twice to check other dialogue options. It turned out that most of them are drinking water, and there are not many of those who influence the plot. Will you decide not to open the gate to strangers? The figure next to you will scream that this is not allowed and will open it for you. There are more such scenes in the game and the subsequent transitions show how much we are deceived. Of course, we ultimately have an impact on the story’s ending and can lead to four different endings.

Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier seated between The evolution of the planet of the apes, a War for the planet of the apes. However, don’t count on any major references to the movie trilogy. We just get thrown into the same world and in a specific time frame where monkeys are at some stage of evolution and are slowly starting to form their own communities. The narrative runs in two directions. We follow the fate of a tribe that has been accidentally separated from Caesar’s group and a human settlement struggling with the death of its leader. Both groups face the specter of the approaching winter and try hard to survive despite the lack of food. The desire to feed the family, recklessness and disobedience lead to a random event that sets off a chain of unfortunate situations. The two species are getting in their way more and more, and a peaceful coexistence seems impossible.

Review: Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier (PS4)

The plot is interesting and the creators managed to transfer the calm nature of the narrative, which the fans love in the Matt Reeves film trilogy. Of course, there will be action scenes, but it is internal conflicts, relations between the characters and putting one’s own good in favor of a larger group that come to the fore. I would be lying if I said that we are dealing with the heights of screenwriting, but the story is presented really nicely. In terms of climate and atmosphere, the spirit of the film series was transferred. This has a negative reflection in the fact that the title is aimed mainly at fans who still don’t like this world and feel unsatisfied. People unfamiliar with the series may complain of boredom.

However, clichés and some personality recycling were not avoided. This can be seen especially on the side of the monkeys, where you will instantly recognize the copies of the movie heroes. Tola is a chimpanzee that has experienced human cruelty in the past. Like Koba, he is steeped in a desire for revenge and blinded by hatred, which negatively affects his surroundings and loved ones. Clarence is a very intelligent and calm orangutan who is a copy of Maurice. In this regard, the creators did not make an effort and played it safe, offering new, but very familiar characters. As a result, there is a certain re-creativity, and the story itself cannot surprise you. The title is very similar to the movies, but at the same time is slightly different from the level of the cut story.

Review: Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier (PS4)

The interactive movie was made very beautifully. Graphically, it is simply wonderful and the audiovisual sphere makes a very positive impression, especially when the camera zooms in on the characters’ faces. Nice and realistic facial expressions complete the work. Just like picturesque landscapes with a lovely play of lights and applied image filters. Sometimes, however, I noticed a strangely flickering figure in the background. The second reading of textures and slight stuttering at the transitions between some scenes also irritated. More clearly less made shadows are also noticeable. However, it is the cosmetics and the overall performance at a very high level. After exploring the Planet of the Apes, you’ll want each cinematic narrative game to offer this level of detail and graphic art.

Lastly, I left a line PlayLink. Just download the application to be able to control the game using our smartphone or tablet and invite three additional players to play. Unfortunately, the implementation is limited to voting during the elections and is not very engaging fun. It could be done better. In the eyes of my imagination, I can see how other players during dialogues get the opportunity to choose the questions of individual interlocutors. This would give greater interaction between users and heighten the dynamics of the discussion. In this respect, I expected something more, but unfortunately – none of it. Maybe another time.

Review: Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier (PS4)

Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier it’s just another movie and a three-hour return to the post-apocalyptic world. The recreational nature of the story gives fans a familiar atmosphere and atmosphere, but they cannot count on a bigger or more surprising adventure. We get more of the same, although in a slightly worse version. Instead, we get a choice between several endings. Ultimately, however, I liked the experience and would not mind if there are more games of this type, complementing the film series in a pleasant way, alongside regular games.