Beyond Despair – PC First Impression and Review

Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie, Early Access
Developer: PixelMate
Publisher: Heatherglade
Release Date: Jan 16, 2017
Impressions and Review by sodopestavi
Edited by KnightAvenger

Beyond Despair is a multi-player survival, horror FPS. Yes, another survival game. However, where other games fall flat, BD seems to shine in its interesting handling of lore within the game itself. You are cast onto an island by a Big Brother-style agency where a supernatural phenomenon occurred that essentially destroyed and mutated all life there. As the game’s name suggests, it’s a horrifying scene of murder, desolation, insanity, and other horrors that gives a true sense of unease. Combat in BD is relatively simple. Swing weapons to hit, back away from attacks, swing again, repeat. Guns and other melee options are available to you, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Crafting is demanding and difficult to get a grasp on. Even after playing non-stop for over two hours, I found countless blueprints but not nearly enough resources to craft even the simplest of gear or food items. All in all, BD has phenomenal potential, bringing classic titles like F.E.A.R. back into the forefront of next generation game design and development.

However, perhaps I should say, “…had potential.” The developers, Heatherglade, recently halted all development of their IP Beyond Despair due to financial issues within the company itself. However, thanks to the funds they received from a new publisher, Heatherglade Studios has, instead, begun developing another title called DESOLATE with promises that all owners of BD will also receive a copy of DESOLATE for free.

Pros:

  • General quality of the game is a huge plus (i.e. the stability, the frame rate, world design, textures, assets used for the game)
  • Lots of hidden lore
  • Crafting but there isn’t a whole lot to it
  • Sound design is incredible
  • Music is amazing

Cons:

  • Crafting system definitely needs to be fleshed out a lot more
  • Audio quality (i.e. sound is at different frequencies at times)
  • Voice acting needs to be stepped up
  • Didn’t like the flashlight system
  • UI needs to be changed
  • Multi-player is not accessible (no servers)

sodopestavi gives Beyond Despair a Drastik Measure 7.6-7.7 out of 10 (76-77)

Note: Beyond Despair is currently not available for purchase, as its development has been stopped for the time being.