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3 Aug 2023

REVIEW: Gust of Wind on PC (Steam)

Review by Jon Donnis
Gust of Wind is an early access game from Wrenchpunk Games, please keep that in mind, that it is not a finished game.

Gust of Wind offers a captivating story driven game set in a world dominated by mutant gulls. The game's premise is both intriguing and imaginative, as players take on the role of a stealth expert within a team of brave warriors on a vital mission.

First thing you will think of is Assassin's Creed but with mutant gulls.

Gust of Wind has a strong commitment to realism, well as real as you can get with mutant gulls, bringing back a feel of nostalgic old school stealth games. Instead of overwhelming the player with countless indicators, the game relies on the player's wits and cunning to navigate the challenges and levels.

Sneaking through dark corridors becomes an art in itself, where light plays a pivotal role. Guards possess lightness-based sight and hearing, making it both a blessing and a curse as players work their way through the shadows undetected.

For those who prefer a non-lethal approach, Gust of Wind offers various takedown methods to render enemies unconscious. Whether it's sneaking up on adversaries, jumping on their backs, or utilizing doze grenades from a distance, players can take a merciful route while ensuring they hide the bodies to avoid detection.

When stealth inevitably fails, players must resort to swift and decisive combat using bludgeoning tools scattered throughout the levels. The battles are intense and short-lived, encouraging players to think on their feet and react quickly. In open spaces, dodging and leaping out of harm's way are options, but in tighter corridors, players must rely on more effective weapons to overcome their adversaries.

The freedom of movement offered in Gust of Wind is a true highlight. The game's small yet open sandbox environments provide players with numerous routes to complete objectives. Climbing elements such as ladders, poles, and ropes allow players to stay hidden from sight or access hard-to-reach areas, while rowboats offer a swift mode of transportation across bodies of water.

In addition to the arsenal of weapons and light sources, Gust of Wind also introduces a range of ingenious gadgets. Grappling hooks and cranes provide players with alternative entry points, enhancing the sense of creativity and freedom in how players approach their missions.

The Good
Gust of Wind takes an interesting concept, and does its best to deliver something that has a feel of old school, mixed in with something weird and wonderful. Considering this is an indie game, this looks and plays pretty well already, and as it is early access, it still has a lot of improvements to be made.

The Bad
This game is poorly optimized and will make your Graphics card work overtime to keep up, and there are quite a few glitches and graphical issues.. Only about 4 hours of gameplay at the moment.

A gripping storyline, decent mechanics, and the freedom to choose your path, this game has a lot to offer.

But be aware, your computer will need to be a top spec to play it and even then, it will run hot, so be aware.

The potential is here for a good game, just needs some time and patience.

Check it out on Steam

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