With the release of Cyberpunk 2077
set to define a lot of the 2020 videogame story, there's a definite appetite for exploring futuristic cities covered in neon lighting. Cloudpunk
, from indie studio ION LANDS, puts you in the role of a delivery driver on her first rainy night on the job.
Taking on the role of Raina, your punching the clock as a delivery driver for the semi-legal firm known as Cloudpunk for the very first time. Although the various characters you meet and the packages you pick up are different, the simple structure is kept throughout. But, driving to and from locations in the often-stunning Nivalis and then running around streets and alleys to get to a destination, is a visual feast. And the simplicity of the mechanics adds to Cloudpunk’s appeal, going to great lengths to put the spotlight on one of the main characters seen throughout – the city.
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With various districts and regions to drive through there’s a real sense of clarity and purpose visible throughout Nivalis. From shopping, to business, and different living districts housing those from high or low society, through to the freezing underbelly for people living off the grid. Paired with the ever-present rain and the ubiquity of artificial and colourful neon lighting, there’s a level of atmospheric detail that is impressive. And immersive.