WE HAPPY FEW – XBOX ONE REVIEW
Our Xbox One Review of We Happy Few
When I first found out that I was going to be reviewing We Happy Few I was in two minds. First of all, I had seen the trailer at E3 and wasn’t really a fan. I didn’t understand what was happening and I hadn’t planned on playing it. However I decided to give it a go and see what it was actually like.
For those of you who are not aware of what We Happy Few is, it is set in an alternative 1960’s England. It is set in the city of Wellington Wells but it’s not like most English cities. This one is drug-fuelled but instead of some common street drugs its Joy. Joy comes in different flavours and gives you a high of joy. It makes you see everything bright and colourful and positive. However people on Joy don’t like it if you’re not taking yours so you will need to try and fit in. If you start running, jumping or climbing they will become suspicious. If they get too suspicious then the whole city will be turned against you. You need to be aware at all times because if you have to take your joy to get through certain places when it runs out you will get withdrawal symptoms. If you get these then the city will be against you again. The best way I found around this is to hide in a bin or somewhere else while you return to normal. It can get boring just sitting around waiting for it to run out but I would rather this than loses health, get infected or possibly die.
There are three characters to play through with. They all have different stories and different strengths and weaknesses. While playing through you will learn about the city’s very dark history. You will also learn about each persons past an what they used to do, as well as this you will also have to get them to prepare for their future in the best possible way. In order to do this you may need to help others with quests that the city aren’t very happy with. However you will need to do these in order to get what you want and have the best possible future.
One of my favourite things about We Happy Few is the length of the game. I have gone back to this game on a few different occasions for hours and hours and each time I feel like I am getting close to the end but then there is another spanner in the works. The main thing is the fact that it doesn’t get boring either. With such a big map and so many different characters there is so many things to do. On top of the story quests there are also loads of side quests that can be done on your way through the game. These will get you new items and introduce you to new characters.
If you’re anything like me then you will search every room in every house and pick up every item possible. I enjoy doing this because I don’t want to miss any special items or easter eggs. This can also be a downfall as it can be very time consuming. You can look at how much time you have spent in-game and it’s likely that you could have completed it by now. It is all down to your own gaming style and I appreciate this because it suits everyone. If you only want to do the story and that’s it then you’re welcome too. Whereas if you want to stop by every house, car and person then you can which is amazing. You can get involved as much or as little as you like and I think that’s an amazing feature.
One of the most frustrating things I found in We Happy Few is the city curfew. After 9pm everyone will be in their houses and the only people that will be around the city are the police officers. If any of them see you out they will be chasing you and trying to knock you out. You are able to sleep until morning and avoid this whole situation but if you don’t know where any beds are then you’re in for a long long night. If you are able to find a bed I would recommend taking full advantage of it. Rest is good so always make sure you sleep. As well as rest you also need to make sure that you eat, and drink whenever possible.
All in all, Compulsion Games have made me fall in love with We Happy Few. I enjoyed the whole game, from start to my current position. I can’t wait to load it back up and continue with my story. It took a little getting used too but once I got used to it I was addicted. All I can say is well done to Compulsion Games for such a great game. The price of £54.99 can seem a lot at first glance, but I would definitely say it’s worth it, everything from the graphics, the story and even the length of the game.
Price – £54.99
Developer – Compulsion Games Inc
Publisher – Gearbox Publishing
Review Code Supplied by Bope