Review: The Callisto Protocol
The Callisto Protocol is a 2022 survival horror video game developed by Striking Distance Studios and published by Krafton. It was directed by Glen Schofield, who had previously co-created the Dead Space series.
Josh Duhamel & Karen Fukuhara
As one of 2022's most anticipated games, "The Callisto Protocol" had a lot of hype to live up to. Although it presents with phenomenal graphics, and interesting story, and unique combat, the overuse of gore and incredibly difficult gameplay brings a level of disjoy.
In the day or $1000 graphics cards and PS5's, it's no surprise the incredible graphics this game has. With no on screen UI the game feels like a playable movie that I could look at for days. The zombie designs and overall look of the world is realistic and just plain scary. There's no shying away from the gore in this game as I've seen my character die in some of the most gruesome ways imaginable.
On the story side of the game, I won't go to deep as the game is only 10 hours so it doesn't contain to much. The first half is interesting and sets up some good content but overall kinda falls flat in the second half. The cast of characters is alright but there's not a lot of room for great performances as the game is overall quite quiet.
Fantastic graphics and an decent story can't carry this game all the way. While the combat is fun and unique, sometime it just plain doesn't work how its supposed to. The dodge mechanic and iffy and everything just feels very slow. Your health is almost nonexistent and even on easy mode most of the time enemies will 3 shot you to a very graphic demise.
Even though this game has a lot to enjoy, i feel as it would have benefited from a overall structure more similar to something such as "Death Stranding". Being able to explore at your own will and build yourself strong is a feature this game could use. At the end of the day "The Callisto Protocol" is in no way a bad game, just flawed. Everyone's opinion is different but us here at Screened just weren't impressed in the way we were expecting.