From the outside looking in, Warp looks like a strange title. I mean really- a “stealth-action puzzler”? When I think of that, I imagine Solid Snake running around with a portal gun, snapping necks as he jumps through holes in the ground. While Warp might not be as exciting as that, it still takes the genre quite seriously and delivers a really well made game. Warp is by far one of the best titles that I have played in a while, and I most definitely suggest it to everyone who is on the border of making a purchase.
Warp tells the story of a little orange space creature that can warp (hence the title). As the game goes on you see this little creature is much more cynical than that, and you will either realize that he has a thirst for blood or that, truly, you have a taste for blood. Humans have captured creature and are forcing it to do tests. You wouldn’t like that, would you? After gaining some of its powers back, it starts to take revenge on the humans, and you must escape from this horrible place, all the while discovering yourself, and gaining more powers, with which you can kill humans…err, escape.
From the very start Warp is full of action. The game works to the point where you can warp through walls and you must use that to your advantage to kill enemies, traverse the lab, and eventually gain freedom. You must also collect grubs, which add a little RPG aspect to the game, that allows you to improve your powers. Everything just kind of fits together, and overall, the game is very well put together. Everything flows really well, and there is never a dull moment.
At first you start out as this cute little creature, but throughout the game you learn that he is quite snarky, and has a secret thirst for blood. Whether it was having them shoot each other, launching them off cliffs, or transporting barrels inside of them, you could always find a new and exciting way to kill people. That was one of my favorite parts of the game. The game makes painting the walls with blood fun, not that there is really a situation that it wouldn’t be fun. They combined that wonderfully with well paced puzzle progression and a decently executed collectible system. Throw in the extremely addicting challenges (that have you mastering your different powers), and you have a downloadable title that simply cannot be beaten. As I said, this is one of the best games I have played in a while.
The only things that really hold the game back from being perfect are all aesthetic. The graphics are severely dated, but they really don’t affect gameplay, at all. The only times I noticed is when it zoomed in on the final bosses face, or when I looked at specific things in the landscape. But, as I said, it really didn’t affect my opinion of the game. Warp was made for its gameplay, not its visuals. Besides that, there were just some laggy points when you reached a new checkpoint (maybe it was because I played the game straight through without turning off my PS3). That was really the only “bad” things about Warp, if they can really be considered that horrible. Definitely nothing that the game hinges itself upon.
To say that I enjoyed Warp would be a severe understatement. Honestly, I could not tell you an definite reason as to why I am giving it so much acclaim. The only thing I can suggest is that you give the game a try. Besides graphics, Warp is the whole package. It offers engaging gameplay that will make you laugh, give you enjoyment, and give you a reason to play it again.