Returnal boasts some of the best sound design we’ve ever heard, utilising the PlayStation 5’s 3D audio, controller speaker, and DualSense haptics to absorb you into the game’s world. The voice acting is also superb, with Anne Beyer excelling in the role of Selene.
A real showcase for what the PlayStation 5 can do, Returnal runs well and looks fantastic, combining next-gen fidelity with an alien but cohesive art design.
Returnal gunplay is tight and well balanced, offering up a strong challenge, but giving players all the tools they’ll need to overcome it. The fact that the game also nails PT-inspired horror sections and its Metroidvania-style exploration in a roguelike structure is all the more impressive.
Returnal pulls inspiration from so many different games and genres, that it's incredibly impressive that they all coalesce into a cohesive whole, that feels fantastic to play and runs brilliantly. The game delivers an unsettling, alien atmosphere very well, and marries arcade-style thrills with a mysterious story to great effect.
For the most part, there’s a great list to be found here. Unfortunately, the game’s roguelike structure and shifting world make finding all the collectibles (which is required for six of the game’s trophies) a lot more difficult than it sounds, with luck and time playing too big a role to not be frustrating.