Action adventure ‘Below’ releasing on PS4, and new ‘explore mode’ announced

Posted February 9, 2020 by John Little in Announcements, Articles, Gameplay, Gaming News, Indie, PS4, Release Date, Trailers

A trailer has been released announcing a new mode to the action adventure rogue-lite Below.

Below was released back in 2018 on PC and Xbox One, but the game is now coming to PS4 as well.

The game is unique to describe, certainly, but essentially it is a top-down action adventure with randomly generated environments and rogue-like elements such as permanent death. You must journey with your little character through the depths of a strange island, uncovering its secrets and taking on hostiles that lie underground.

When the game initially released it garnered generally good reviews, with people praising it for its mystery, atmosphere and intriguing visual design, however it was also slated for being frustrating, repetitive and having a lack of direction.

Either way, it’s clear the game has great artistic merit, and for those who might find the game a tad too difficult, this announcement may calm your nerves a little.

The explore mode, while not entirely clear on what it will entail (the press release states it will feature “changes to survival, death and damage, tuned to be accessible for players who seek more of an action-adventure style of play”), sounds likely to be simply an easier mode – maybe where you take less damage, or perhaps removing the permanent death feature.

For those who already own the game on PC and Xbox One, this mode will be added as an update for you to enjoy as well.

It is a relief when games like this offer something for the less skilled or dedicated gamer, and I can see myself switching to this mode promptly if things got a bit too much to handle.

There’s no specific release date, but the game is due to release on PS4 sometime during this spring.


John Little
John Little

I started gaming with the release of the PS1 - Crash Bandicoot and Ridge Racer Revolution being the first 'real' games I ever set eyes on - and have been enthralled with the medium ever since. I particularly love strategy and horror games, the sort offered by titles such as Total War and Silent Hill, though I also have a soft spot for a good RPG. I studied Journalism at university in the hopes of progressing into writing about games. You'll most likely find me covering indie games as I'm always on the look out for interesting little titles, and generally I stick to the PC and PS4 platforms. I'm not interested in MMOs or really any kind of online game, and I have an unusual and frankly worryingly expensive obsession with collecting gaming guide books, but aside from that I like to think I'm a well rounded average gamer. Find me on twitter @JohnLittle29

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