A solid transition to PS5
Earlier this year, I reviewed the high octane FPS Bright Memory Infinite, which sees a special operative named Shelia investigating her way through unnatural phenomena in order to save the world. It boasted a simple premise but impressive gameplay and shining visuals and quickly became one of my favorite FPS titles in recent history. For a game with such brevity, gameplay is key – and it succeeded beyond my expectations because of how well it played.
Let’s face it: the game is still fun as hell on console. In fact, it is perhaps even more because the game always felt like it was built to be used with a controller. Shelia’s movements feel tight, and the gunplay is some of the most enjoyable you’ll find yourself playing in this day of relative realism and modern warfare. Obviously, Shelia’s slick handling of her weaponry is far from believable (we can debate how her exo-suit could help that situation, but for the sake of the argument – any individual would have issues handling these weapons so smoothly), but a black hole that appears without context and continually rifts in samurai monsters intent on ‘changing the world’ is also a pretty wild plot. This is all just a superfluous way of saying: embrace the silliness because the ride is fun as hell.
The biggest question that you should be asking yourself about Bright Memory Infinite on PS5 is whether the game smoothly transitioned to the console. The short answer is; Yes; however, during my time with the game before it launched, I dealt with a game breaking glitch that prevented me from completing the game before it launched. Essentially, the game crashed at a chapter right at the end of the game and every subsequent load up of the save would crash the game. Uninstalling and reinstalling the game did not fix this for me, so I waited for the next two updates. On the newest update, the issue was corrected, and I have been able to complete the game multiple times since. With that being said, Bright Memory Infinite is one of the growing lists of PS5 games that forcibly shuts down my PS5. I am not certain if this is a PS5 issue or pertains to certain games (plenty of PS5 games work without a hitch), but it is worth noting in this review. For the purpose of the score, however, I will not be currently including that note in the score reflection because it could be a PS5 hardware issue.
Without rehashing my original review too much, I would like to point out that I have barreled through the story mode three or four times since I received the code – which is more than I originally played through on the PC. There is something about console gaming I just prefer. With that said, the story only takes about two hours to complete, so multiple playthroughs isn’t a burden. In fact, you must complete each difficulty level to unlock the next difficulty, so there is reason to play again (especially for trophy hunters). You can make your own judgment for value on this game, as it sits at $19.99 on the PSN. While that is high, it is one of the few games that has inspired me to complete it multiple times. In all, Bright Memory Infinite is certainly a game worth playing – whether you choose to grab it now or while it’s on sale is up to you, but you shouldn’t be disappointed either way.