Review: Mutant Year Zero: Seed of Evil (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required
  • Move Optional (2)
Title: Mutant Year Zero: Seed of Evil (DLC)
Format: PSN Download (22.84 GB)
Release Date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Funcom Oslo A/S
Developer: The Bearded Ladies Consulting
Original MSRP: $14.99 (US) £11.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: M
PEGI Rating: 16
A code for the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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My one criticism of the main game was that it was over too quickly. Not that it was a particularly short game, I just couldn’t get enough of it. The developers at Bearded Ladies helped alleviate my desire for more with an update adding the Stalker Trials, which repopulated the map and added a slight twist on the way the game is played. But, it wasn’t enough, I wanted more banter from the unique and bizarre characters. I wanted new areas to explore, new weapons, and more.

I seem to have all the things I asked for in the new expansion called Mutant Year Zero: Seed of Evil. But, is it enough? Will my insatiable appetite for this game ever be filled?

Gameplay:
Seed of Evil begins just after the main story ends. It nicely refreshes my memory of the prior events through some cutscenes and the characters conversing as I make my way through the beautifully derelict world.

I won’t bore you with the controls or gameplay mechanics but strongly suggest you take a look at the main review if new to this franchise. All I’ll mention is that the gameplay is free-roaming until you ambush or are seen by an enemy, at which point it switches to a turn-based encounter similar to that of XCom.

These aren’t your standard characters, and each comes with a host of unlockable abilities and their own take on what’s going on around them through voiced conversations between the three characters. Yes, you can still only have three active party members at any one time but now, there is another character to find, who quickly became another great addition to the team.

I’m often in a quandary as to which team members to have active. Sometimes the enemies in the surrounding area help me decide, as I have equipped one with gear, weapons, armor, and abilities suited to mechanical foes.

New enemies have mixed up the action and forced me to think of new and sometimes bold strategies that I would have normally never considered. During the main game, my tactics often involved sneaking around and picking off one or two opponents until they were all gone. Now, that doesn’t always work and I sometimes go in guns blazing.

There was one little bug where one of my team got stuck in the scenery, but thanks to an auto-save I only lost about forty seconds of hard work. Speaking of hard work, two of the ten new Trophies might be difficult for some (okay, me) to acquire.

Visuals:
The new locations are brilliant, and, thanks to enemy groups popping up in already discovered and cleared locations, I get to have some more fun and increase the experience of my team. Seed of Evil still retains the humor of the ancient items scattered through the overgrown world.

The camera is sometimes obstructed by dilapidated buildings or machinery as my character takes their shot. While it doesn’t break the game, it can be annoying. This only happened twice in the main game but I’ve noticed it several times while playing this expansion.

Audio:
As I briefly mentioned earlier, the characters talk amongst themselves, and the new addition is happy to confer with his new allies. My bunch of misfits aren’t the only ones to converse; some of the enemies in Seed of Evil like to chat with one another, usually describing what they want to do with my team when they find them.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is single player only with no online component.

Conclusion:
Mutant Year Zero: Seed of Evil is like a second honeymoon, and I’m falling in love with the game and its unique characters all over again. The new characters, both friend and foe, are great and perfectly complement their companions and surroundings.

This expansion DLC is just what I needed. Is it enough? No, I always want more of this great game. Is it perfect? Close, but not quite. I urge you to grab this if you enjoyed the main game Now if you don’t mind I’m going to attempt Iron Mutant mode and get my butt kicked.

Score:
8.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Chazz Harrington

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