When I left the bar, the first thing I did was climb out a pile of crates from an alley, so yes, Peripeteia is an immersive simulation game. You play as a former robot soldier named Mary. In a city where the main source of heat and light comes from the fire in the drum, he is reduced to a odd job and a mercenary. This is breaking the siege, except that you are Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, retired and in Poland.
The demo includes two tasks, which are larger than I expected. Huge towers, long corridors full of rubbish, roofs connected by pipes, underground tunnels. This is a good thing, I can sprint forever, jump like obsolete, jump on the ledge, it makes exploration very interesting.
It is worth exploring, because of course there are multiple ways in each area. The bartender wanted a key card from the gas mask thug who took over the nearby building, and I entered by going high. I stopped to talk about politics with a homeless rooftop resident, because everyone in a game like this wants to talk about politics. In another historical future of Peripeteia, the city once belonged to the Soviet Union, and now it is being contested by various factions and scavengers looking for the rumored hidden treasures of Soviet technology. This is where I come in, I am a surplus of technology myself, called “living military surplus” Kickstarter promotion.
I also tried to talk to the mob, although I could squat and walk by or just shoot them to death. Their boss claimed that they were patriots and took back what should belong to them. We had a pleasant conversation about Soviet architecture before reaching an agreement. In return for the key card, I will have to use my cyber soldier skills and kill drug dealers they don’t like.
When I play an immersive simulation game, I usually find an interesting route when I leave somewhere, and the same here. I left the underground passage, and after dealing with the dealer—the shooting was better than any time in “Break the Siege”—I found another way, and I could also enter his apartment. Peripeteia is full of hidden places that can be reached by climbing or trekking or hacking a computer to unlock the door.
It is worth mentioning: This is the best hacking game I have played in years. You can try to guess the password a certain number of times within a certain period of time, press the random key, and then flash red, yellow or green. Green means you typed the correct letter or number, yellow means close, and red means far away. This is a simple “hot and cold” game to play on your keyboard. I like it very much.
After thoroughly exploring the neighborhood, I got the key card, handed it over, and took the train back to my apartment. The post-mission report screen showed that the train was galloping in the dark city, and then entered the second half of the demonstration and looked for a bunker full of Soviet technology. I will leave it to you to discover yourself.
Peripeteia has some lags, especially if you switch to third-person mode, which allows you to see Mary’s anime face and embarrassing animations, and sometimes makes the camera fly out of bounds. I don’t mind that, or the strange angle in the dialogue scene, or the inventory of Tetris (actually I kind of like it). This demo got everything I wanted from a cyberpunk vent crawler, and I look forward to going through every level of the final game when it is released.
Peripeteia received funding through Kickstarter in August and raised more than three times its 10,000 euro target.Its planned release date is the end of 2022, and the demo version is available at steamIf you are wondering about the name, “peripeteia” means a turning point in the narrative. This is a plot device. You know, it’s like a deus ex machina.