Hello friends!! Welcome to today’s video game review of DREDGE!!
DREDGE is not really the normal type of game I play. But only in the fact that it’s more anxiety inducing, rather than relieving. In every other aspect it’s a fantasy-like cozy-game. If only there weren’t absolute terrors and things chasing you in the dark.
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Anyway, let’s have a look at the game DREDGE!!
DREDGE game review
Developer: Black Salt Games
Release date: 30 March 2023
Players: 1 (single player only)
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox series X and S, WindowsOS
Genre: Horror/Thriller, Adventure, Role-Playing, Management
DREDGE is a single-player fishing adventure with a sinister undercurrent. Sell your catch, upgrade your boat, and dredge the depths for long-buried secrets. Explore a mysterious archipelago and discover why some things are best left forgotten.
In DREDGE, step into the boots of a down-on-their-luck fisherman and explore a collection of remote islands while scouring the surrounding depths for a variety of fish and valuable, deep-sea curios. Once your trawler is full, sell your spoils while completing quests and unravelling more about each area’s peculiar denizens. Reinforce your vessel, skills, and knowledge to dredge deeper and reach more secluded lands, but keep a close eye on the time. You might not like what finds you in the dark…https://www.dredge.game/
I’m honestly just going to say that if you’re a fan of H.P. Lovecraft (yes, we get a book reference in a video game review!), then I’m going to go out on a limb and say you will enjoy this. The game is full of machinations of the deep, dark sea, and also just creepy characters in general. If that’s your style, this game will reel you in. And no, I’m not (reely) sorry about any fishing puns from this point onwards.
The game itself is ferry easy to get the hang of. In order to upgrade your boat, you need to do quests or sell your fishing haul. In order to get a bigger fishing haul or take on bigger quests, you need to upgrade your boat. When angling to get quests you need to meet people, and the more people you meet, the more quests you get. Sounds simple enough.
The quests range in difficulty, the longer you play and the more you check off. At first, the items you need to upgrade your boat are found relatively easily. Fishing, once you get the hang of each type of equipment, is kind of fun. The storyline is intriguing enough to keep you hooked.
However, the longer you’re trout there on the ocean without taking a ‘rest’, the more things start to get a bait hinky. If you’re on the water at night, you don’t even have to be tired to sea that there’s something a little weird going on around here.
And by weird, I mean somewhat terrifying for a game about fishing.
You are, essentially… hunted (for lack of a better word) by giant, iridescent sea creatures. Sometimes you’re steering your ship into rocks you can’t see, and avoiding rocks that aren’t really there. You are plagued by odd sounds (could be voices, might not be… maybe they’re just inside your head??). And if something tainted gets on your ship, you could lose your entire livelihood in one haul.
The game is fascinating, the characters you meet are utterly creepy, and the whole experience might leave you a little on edge about going on a fishing trawler. But it’s wildly aesthetic. And if cozy horror is your clam, then I couldn’t recommend this game more to you. You’ll have a whale of a time.