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So I Tried... Palworld

So I Tried... Palworld

Each edition of So I Tried… I will try a game that I have never played before. Will I find something new to love? Will I find something new to despise? I'll take a full half hour, no matter how bad it gets or how badly I do, to see if this is the game for me. This time, I tried the currently viral Pokémon-esque title, Palworld, to see what it’s all about.

What I thought it was

While I write this sentence, I'm yet to actually boot the game up for the first time; my wife thought it'd be better if I wrote my thoughts down before even setting foot in the game. I've seen images and GIFs from Palworld, and I'm going to be honest with you: at first, I was very put off by the guns and violence. Although I've turned a new leaf with my recent dive into Cyberpunk 2077 as someone who has been a bit snooty in the past (I've really, really hated violent games about drugs and sex), I still can't help but feel a bit of resistance. It seems cruel to shoot them and then enslave them to work, but considering the sheer number of people currently playing, I can't imagine it'll be that jarring. I also know that there are a lot of elements to the game — there's building, farming, and survival as main gameplay features and a lot of interactability with the pals, as you can even ride them! 

So, to summarise, going in, I'm very sceptical about it being something I can stomach as someone who has to hype herself up every time I have to hunt cute bunnies. I've slowly matured out of the taking-myself-too-seriously stage I've been stuck in since my teens, so I'm coming in with an open mind. I'm expecting something like a Pokémon meets Paleo Pines with guns.

What it actually is

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Playing Palworld for 30 minutes doesn't even get close to enough time to figure out much about the game, as, for the most part, my wife and I spent it gathering materials and following the tutorial. That being said, when I finally hit a Pal, it wasn't that bad; in fact, we beat two of them until we depleted their health bars, and all they did was get dizzy eyes and fall back! From what I've gotten to experience, Palworld is actually a pretty good game, as I've had a lot of fun just running around collecting wood with my beloved Chikipi so that my wife can build us a home. Knowing that I'll meet some Pals that won't be so nice — as it seems some of them eat humans — shooting them until they drop might not be as jarring after all. 

Will I continue playing it?

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I would be lying if I said I didn't go into the game expecting to be wrong and loving it... and that was exactly the case! What I got to experience already stifled my anxiety about the aggression towards the adorable Pals, and it seems to be a well-rounded survival craft title that offered us more to do than just build a house and get bored, as I cannot wait to explore the world, catch 'em all, and defeat the bosses. Truth be told, I'm grateful my maturity has hit a peak; being able to enjoy games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Palworld is something I wouldn't change for anything.

So I Tried
Violet Plata

Violet Plata

Staff Writer

Liable to jump at her own shadow.

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