• Joe Allen

Review: The Persistence Enhanced Edition

Reviewed on: PS5

Publisher: Firesprite LTD

Developer: Firesprite LTD

Available on: Xbox Series X/PlayStation 5

The Persistence is a sci-fi horror rogue-lite game that released for PS4 in 2020 for both PSVR and as a normal play experience. Developers Firesprite have given it a new coat of paint, rereleasing the game for PS5 today; here’s what you need to know about The Persistence.

So I’ll preface this review by saying I’m fairly new to rogue-lite and rogue-like games, but it’s a genre I’m quickly learning to love. Once you get over the fact these games will punish you hard, they are just refreshingly difficult. And The Persistence is no exception.

Stuck on a broken and seemingly abandoned colony cruise ship with nothing but a voice in your ear to guide you through the game, the aim is to work your way through the various levels of the ship and discover what happened to The Persistence. Though as you quickly discover, not everything is as it seems as the ship is teeming with creepy jump-scare monsters with a low tolerance for your presence. Armed with little to nothing, collect currency and harvest DNA from the monsters to slowly buff your character, making that next run a little easier.

And I say next run, because you are going to die. A lot. And then some more. But do you know what? I didn’t much care, because the game is just so damn good. It is creepy as all hell and it always feels tense. When you start out, you’re going to want to employ your stealthiest tactics to have a hope of getting through the various, every-changing room configurations. Even the starter monsters will not hold back on you and can tear you to shreds if you’re not careful. Another tip I have is get good with your shield – it is an absolutely invaluable lifeline.

But as you progress further and deeper into the ship, you are given access to an array of tools to help you cut through the shambling masses. Some personal highlights were the grip hook, a gun that essentially allows you to grab hold of a monster with a beam and smash it into walls, the ceiling, the floor. Another is the Ivy Serum, which allows you to befriend a monster to accompany you for the ride. Here is my best pal.

But if you haven’t visited the Persistence before, I highly recommend you do so! Its gameplay mechanics are outstanding, a nice balance between stealth and action, and you will have a lot of genuine jump scare moments. It’s times like this that I really wish I could experience it in VR, because I imagine it would be terrifying.

It’s not for the faint at heart or for a rage quitter, but I urge you to persist with this great game. I only wish it hadn’t passed me by in the last generation.