Biomutant was one of those games that immediately grabbed my attention when I read about it online several years ago. But we forgot about it as it entered a state of limbo. There’s a degree of notoriety attached to games that hit a wall during development (*cough* Duke Nukem Forever *cough*). Many people cling to that famous Miyamoto statement regarding video game delays. However, it’s hard not to forget about cases like the aforementioned Duke Nukem Forever and Mighty Number 9. Yet, Biomutant looks like a former case to go by if the trailers and footage are any proof. Best of all, we won’t have to wait much longer for it!
Coming for PS4/Xbox One/PC this month, Biomutant is a “post-apocalyptic Kung-Fu fable” that allows the player to combine martial arts with other forms of combat while attempting to bring peace (or discourse… it’s your choice!) to the game’s universe. It appears to have the scale of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with all of the charm of the 3D collect-a-thon games of the PS2 era, such as Ratchet and Clank.
Biomutant also has an in-depth customization system, not unlike many popular role-playing games. This feature means opening the doors for even more replayability outside of making positive or negative choices throughout gameplay. Vitality, Strength, Intellect, Charisma, Agility, and Luck all come into play when starting a new game. This layer of depth is always something I’ve wanted to see more of in games like this. I’m sure I’ll waste an hour or two just fiddling around attempting to make the most interesting anthropomorphic critter possible.
The game is currently available for pre-order, as to be expected. However, suppose you’re looking to blow the bank on this game. In that case, there’s a number of ultra-expensive collector’s editions containing a wide variety of goodies. However, there’s still an incentive just for pre-ordering the $59.99 standard edition regardless of if you’re going physical or digital- and that’s the Mercenary DLC. According to Biomutant’s official web page, “… it’ll let you experience the world of Biomutant as a classic samurai-looking warrior from the very beginning.” thanks to offering a unique blend of perks upon booting the game up.
Biomutant launches May 25, and although I tend to er on the side of caution with big-budget titles these days, I’m struggling not to throw money at this. It seems to draw inspiration from the best of the best from the past 20 years or so. The scale and immersion of Breath of the Wild, the charm of Ratchet, and the flashy combat of Devil May Cry all come to mind when seeing the game in action…the wait seems worthwhile in this case.