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The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna Review: Principles of Puzzles

/ Jul 23rd, 2015 No Comments

Road to Gehenna

Players who found The Talos Principle too easy will not feel the same regarding The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna.

Continuing the story of The Talos Principle, this sequel DLC again places Uriel, the player-controller android, alongside Elolhim, the disembodied voice and ruler of the plane. Road to Gehenna adds new tools for players to learn and utilize in various puzzles found across the locales.

Mistakes Were Made

Elolhim is more forthcoming in Road to Gehenna as he explains Uriel must travel somewhere even he does not have power. The mission is to save wrongfully banished followers of Elolhim from destruction. Whereas The Talos Principle offered a choice of obeying Elolhim, Road to Gehenna does not share this feature. With lives in the balance, the quest is more selfless than arbitrary.
 

Road to Gehenna

Welcome to “fix my mistakes” island. Enjoy your stay!

Computer terminals throughout the land give insight into the past and serve as supplementary narrative to Elolhim’s speeches. Road to Gehenna is not timed, but every puzzle is more urgent with the mission to save banished followers looming. These followers can be seen trapped in various puzzles throughout the game. Seeing other inhabitants makes players feel less alone and makes the world feel more alive than in the post-apocalypse atmosphere of The Talos Principles.

This Will Not Be Easy

Some players felt The Talos Principle was too easy, and Road to Gehenna should serve as the response to that complaint. There is no learning curve to be found in Road to Gehenna as the puzzles immediately start at a high degree of difficulty, requiring multiple tools to solve them. Puzzles in original game often required just one of tool, but in Road to Gehenna, players could need as many as four to solve puzzles. This DLC should not be attempted by players new to the game as it will spoil the plot and present too much of a challenge.
 

Road to Gehenna

Well this isn’t ominous…

Movement is still smooth and simple, using a standard WADS movement control scheme with spacebar for jumping. Interaction with objects is as simple as a key press and will be the only way players involve themselves in the world aside from moving. A few new tools have been added for Road to Gehenna, including “control of time,” which players can use to record themselves perform a series of actions and then play it back from specific terminals. This can be used to have the past version of the player’s avatar activate a switch, while the current version run through the door it opens.

Elolhim’s Eyes and Ears

Road to Gehenna is just as breathtaking as The Talos Principle. Users are recommended to set the game to detect the optimum graphics as this will result in a smoother playthrough.

The Talos Principle had the view of The Tower as its main visual appeal. Road to Gehenna features floating islands as the hub world. This hub creates a fantastical world players will find themselves immediately immersed in.
 

Road to Gehenna

The true puzzle is how not to jizz yourself while playing this game.

The voice of Elolhim is incredibly well voice-acted. His tone is one of a peer as opposed to a god and his softer voice reflects this. Elolhim shows great character growth, leaving his “higher than thou” attitude from The Talos Principle behind.

The musical score is fantastical with an air of mystery. The music will help keep players calm during frustrating puzzles while adding to the willing suspension of disbelief in the game’s locales. However, the music can be easily unnoticed as most of the player’s attention will be put toward solving puzzles.

Road to Review

Road to Gehenna is a great add-on to The Talos Principle. It expands the story and offers new challenges to players. The new puzzles show an increased maturity in terms of difficulty and provide new tools to learn and subsequently master.

Any fans of The Talos Principle will thoroughly enjoy this DLC and find it complex and diverse in narrative as well as gameplay.

The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna was reviewed on the PC using a copy of the game provided by the publisher.

 

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

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THE TALOS PRINCIPLE: ROAD TO GEHENNA REVIEW: PRINCIPLES OF PUZZLES

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall87%

GAMEPLAY10

Players will explore even more challenging and well thought out puzzles in Road to Gehenna.

GRAPHICS9

Road to Gehenna experienced some lag during our time with the game, but the world is simply beautiful.

SOUND8

Great voice acting and a serene musical score provide pleasing ear aesthetics.

STORY8

The game doesn't offer a moral choice, but the story's new direction will keep players interested.

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