The rough river vet is my favorite way to keep myself in check on my daily journey through the city. Just as the title suggests, rough river vet is meant for anyone who is in the city to escape with a few hours of solitude from the city. I’m not talking about a quiet day on the river, I’m talking about a few hours that are spent just watching the world around you go by.
Rough river vet is a city-based game in which there are no levels and no end. You are free to wander the city and enjoy the view from above (and below, if you want), but once you are ready to head back to your apartment, you must be fast and silent which means you must be able to move quickly and quietly.
I love that we are having this conversation about a game. I was looking over a bunch of posts and came across this one from a while back that suggested a lot of people would find rough river vet really fun. I’m not sure I agree with that. I think because the game has no levels and no end, it is a bit too easy to get bored. The biggest challenge I see right off the bat is the story.
I think that the story is fantastic. We are given a lot of backstory and plenty of clues to go on. It’s a beautiful looking game.
The problem I see is that because the game lacks a level, it is easy to get lost in its endless waves of watery insanity. I can see how it would be a lot more difficult to get lost in a game if it had an end. But that’s not this game. These are not your average games. This is the kind of game that is meant to be played by people who have already played more games than this.
The problem is the level doesn’t end. In Deathloop, you play as Colt Vahn, the party-member who’s been frozen in time for the past day. Colt is the guy on the island who’s been waiting for the Visionaries to wake up. The level only ends once you complete the objective, which is to get as many Visionaries as you can. That is it.
Deathloop is a time-hopping game in which you spend most of your time in the same place every day, which seems rather anticlimactic. It’s not a game you just “level up” to get a new ability or better weapons. Deathloop is a game in which you work to complete a series of objectives, with the end goal of unlocking the ultimate goal, the island of Visionaries.
In Deathloop, you have to make a choice. Do you stay on the party island? Do you take the more dangerous path to the Visionaries? The latter of course is the easier path, of course, but how difficult will your first choice be? I think most people will just end up going for the easier path.
The second choice isn’t just easy, it is the easy choice. You can’t see it, but just by going for the harder path will you risk being killed by the Visionaries (you will probably have a very hard time seeing them, and you will probably get killed too, as they’re just as tough). So it’s really the correct choice. The second choice is what you will face.
The hardest choice is that of the first choice, because the first choice doesn’t give you the chance to make a second, more difficult choice. The second choice is to try to kill as many Visionaries as you can, and possibly yourself as well. This is not a good idea, because there are plenty of people out there who will be watching and will see the visions, and if you get caught you could die as well.