Review: Cloudpunk – SENSES

Futuristic package service creates a nice noir feeling in Cloudpunk.

In the future, there is the type of legal courier company Cloudpunk. Your job is to deliver packages without asking any questions. It goes well at first, but then you become more and more suspicious of what it is you are actually delivering…

Cloudpunk - ION LANDS - copyright 2020 - Screenshot Xbox one X
Photos from the Xbox One X version

Cloudpunk is really a game for you who like movies like Fifth Element. Here you have the opportunity to experience a futuristic city, both in your hovercraft and on foot. You have lots of characters to interact with and the story changes depending on what choices you make. It’s a giant sandbox game, with many side quests to explore.

Cloudpunk - ION LANDS - copyright 2020 - Screenshot Xbox one X

The story is exciting and the creators have spent a lot of time on all the different characters and given them good voices. The controls are simple and tight, you have the opportunity to move in the air and the streets around the city as much as you want and there is plenty to explore. There is a lot of corruption to be discovered in Cloudpunk, I can promise you.

Cloudpunk - ION LANDS - copyright 2020 - Screenshot Xbox one X

Cloudpunk has a very nice choice of colors and good light effects, but what bothers me about the graphics is the choice the developers made to put some kind of “retro look” on top of it. Everything is too big and advanced to be retro and instead the characters and environments look like in Minecraft, which detracts quite a lot from the feeling I think. I would rather have seen this game with more advanced graphics.

Cloudpunk - ION LANDS - copyright 2020 - Screenshot Xbox one X

At the same time, the decision is understandable, as this is not an AAA title and the budget has therefore been limited. But a better visual style had really pushed up Cloudpunk to a must. Instead, it must now settle for a warm recommendation.