It was an… interesting choice, delivering the entirety of Biomutant’s story and character interaction through a sole, ever-present narrator. I’m not sure it paid off.
It’s charming for the first little while, but eventually it becomes too much. I highly recommend that you go into the audio settings and lower the frequency of (or even silence altogether) the narrator .
And not just because he insists on random commentary about everything, but because having every NPC you meet in the game fed through this singular lens, this singular voice, has a detrimental effect on the ability to form connections with these characters. None of them feel as individual as they should, when you basically have a translator interpreting for you the whole time. Like I said, it’s an interesting choice, but the game probably would have been better served by separate voice actors.
It’s a small drawback in a game that has its fair share. If you’ve seen the review scores for Biomutant, you know that they’re trending firmly mediocre in most instances. I understand why. I recognize where the game falls short, where some of the repetitiveness of the quests makes the game feel less fleshed out than it could, and where the story gets overly preachy and longwinded at times.
To that all I can say is, while reviews certainly have their place, there are instances where you can’t quite sum up a game with a tidy numerical score. And while Biomutant has some areas where it falls short, there’s also a lot to enjoy in spite of that. The graphics, the world, the customization. The combat, though relatively simply, provides a sort of “comfort food, sit back, relax and just play” kind of vibe that I find pretty fun.
It’s not a triple-A title, and it’s not quite going to send shockwaves through the industry, but it’s an enjoyable game that’s got a vibe all its own. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but even if you wait for some patches, or a sale, it warrants more than outright dismissal due solely to its review scores. Which, while valid, don’t quite capture the whole story.