Jusant is the latest game from Don’t Nod Entertainment, the studio best known for Life is Strange, Vampyr and many others with great stories and interesting gameplay. This game especially caught my attention just because of its gameplay; I knew it was going to be something different. I knew I was going to have a good time.
But first, what is Juan? Jusant is a term most commonly used in maritime and coastal contexts. It is a French word that means “receding tide.” And this is the premise of the story. The world as we know it has dried up. All the water suddenly disappeared. But that’s not entirely true. In this world, there are these creatures called Ballasts. Ballasts are these giant floating creatures that look like giant whales, but are made of water. And that’s why people, knowing that these creatures are made of water, are hunting them to extinction.
Our silent protagonist carries a small baby ballast that helps him on this journey to find the Ballasts. At first, he wasn’t entirely sure what his mission was, since the game doesn’t have much of a story to tell what’s going on. Instead, you learn the game’s story through notes you pick up along the way. The story that is most closely related to our protagonist’s quest is the story of this ballast hunter as he climbs the same mountain that our protagonist is climbing. From what I can understand from the story, the protagonist is trying to reunite his little ballast friend with the other ballasts and at the same time searches for a water source.
Jusant is a climbing, platform and puzzle exploration game. Okay, wow, that was complicated, but anyway, it’s a game about how to get there with many possible paths. The puzzles can be tricky at times, but if you really explore and see where things are, you can probably find a solution to any problem you face. The game provides hints along the way in the form of tutorials on how to do certain things in the game, such as what controls to use to climb or how to get your little ballast friend to help you. It’s one of the most interesting climbing games I’ve ever played, as you use both shoulder buttons if you’re using a controller to climb things. Left for your left hand and right for your right hand. So it seems like you are controlling how the protagonist goes up.
But if you find these controls too difficult to master, the game also has accessibility features for those who just want to relax and enjoy the beauty of this game. And I’m telling you, this game has many beautiful things for you to enjoy and discover. I’m not going to tell you how many chapters there are in this game, but I can tell you that at least in each chapter of the game, the game adds more elements and ways to climb this huge mountain. There will also be chapters where you explore the interior of the mountain instead of just climbing cliffs.
The graphics of the game are really good and even though I play on low settings, I can still enjoy the beauty and serene landscapes that this game has to offer. I really enjoyed taking a moment and being amazed at the wonder of this beautifully designed game. Of course, if you’re afraid of heights, this may not be the game for you, as it can be too intimidating when you’re staring into the abyss of nothingness.
Combine that with the beautiful audio this game has to offer, and you’re in for the most relaxing and stressful game you’ll ever play. There are even moments in the game where our protagonist takes a shell and simply listens to the sounds of the past through the wind. It’s like those moments in games like Life is Strange where you really take some time away from the hustle and bustle of the game and really admire the beautiful sights, sounds, and scenes of this game.
Jusant is one of those games where you have all these trials and dangers that you have to overcome along the way and you hope that something very rewarding awaits you at the end of the journey. And I’m happy to say that the trip was worth it and the reward was this beautiful masterpiece of a finale.
The only thing I really find sometimes that this game has problems with is that there are times that your character just gets “stuck” in certain areas where they shouldn’t be stuck. I don’t know if this is a bug or if I’m not supposed to go through there, but it happens. I wouldn’t say it’s revolutionary though, because it rarely happens and it’s not something you can find every step of the way.
In general, I think the puzzles can be very complicated at times and like I said, it’s really about being observant and just trying everything you can to come out on top. The game gives you the freedom to explore on your own and try everything you can to reach the destination. And I love that freedom; It gives the game this open world feel.
Anyone who loves a good climbing puzzle game will truly love Jusant and its protagonist. From the many exciting landscapes you’ll encounter along your journey to the soundtrack that keeps you motivated to keep going. Jusant is a must if you ever feel like doing something challenging and daunting.
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Almost perfect if it weren’t for the nitty-gritty. While it’s there but not enough to push the boundaries, it’s still an incredible game.
Challenging climbing puzzles
Your character gets stuck for no reason.