Temtem has technically been accessible on PS5 for the very best a part of two years, however with the sport now out of its early entry section, it is time we gave it a correct shake. The RPG is now totally featured, and whereas some would possibly hand-wave it off as some unholy imitation of Pokémon, the sport does sufficient to face by itself two ft.
Basically, it is acquainted. As a younger, aspiring Temtem coach, you are given one of many titular monsters and a Tempedia in an effort to kickstart your journey. As you enterprise out into the Airborne Archipelago, your targets are simple: seize new Temtem species, prepare up a crew of six, battle different tamers, and in the end develop into the perfect, like nobody ever was. This framework is tried and examined, after all, however it works; discovering new monsters, studying which of them you want, and progressing via the world stays compelling right here.
Fairly rapidly, the sport distances itself from its inspiration. You possibly can totally customise your character, for one factor, however it’s with the battles that you will start to note some key variations. They’re 2 vs. 2 as commonplace. This is not a brand new concept, however having all of the fights on this format means a tighter emphasis on strategic play. The strikes your creatures be taught will usually profit their teammate on the battlefield, or develop into stronger relying on their ally’s sort. A easy instance: one Water sort transfer offers common injury, but when the opposite Temtem in your aspect of the sector has Fireplace typing, the transfer will then additionally inflict the Burn standing impact. There are all kinds of synergistic alternatives like this, and it means movesets might affect who you select to be in your get together.
Battles might be surprisingly difficult, and it is not simply because it’s essential to suppose tougher about which monsters you are sending out. Every transfer has a stamina price, taken from a meter beneath your Temtem’s well being. Stronger strategies will price extra, however will clearly deplete your stamina bar sooner. Utilizing a transfer you possibly can’t “afford” will start to make use of HP as a substitute, and this may overexert your Temtem, which implies they will skip a flip. Managing stamina may also inform your alternative of strikes along with crew synergies and the typing of the opposition. In reality, some strikes really power you to consider whether or not a Temtem is on the left or proper; the method Chain Lightning, for example, hits Temtem in flip 3 times, transferring clockwise. All that plus sort benefits and Temtem traits, that are passive talents that will activate throughout battles, imply there is a truthful quantity to consider.
You may encounter loads of different tamers in the course of the sport, whether or not it is pleasant matches between cities, rival Max, or the adversarial Clan Belsoto. They often line the trail forwards via the world, which is sort of numerous throughout the six essential islands. Deniz begins you off with massive our bodies of water and easy grassy plains, whereas Omninesia introduces autumnal woodlands and a big volcano, and so forth. Progress is fairly linear, although you are free to discover as you want. We benefit from the nearly Metroidvania nature of the sport; all through the principle quest you will collect tools that allows you to attain new areas by browsing, climbing, skating on sure surfaces, and extra. It is a properly designed setting.
The principle thrust of the journey brings you thru eight Dojos that act as you’d anticipate, testing your power and abilities all through. This acquainted construction is backed up by a narrative and characters that, sadly, will not reside lengthy within the reminiscence, although some clashing tonal shifts would possibly elevate an eyebrow. Human NPCs aren’t memorable, actually, mixing in with everybody else attributable to related facial options, hair, and clothes. The Temtem themselves are a bit higher, with a handful of neat designs, although we discovered most to even be pretty bland.
Thankfully, for those who get pleasure from enjoying regardless of the sport’s flaws, there’s heaps to do. There is a pretty prolonged essential marketing campaign to get via, dozens of aspect quests, aggressive battles and tournaments, and lots extra when you attain the endgame. Moreover, Temtem is at all times on-line, and the world is populated with different gamers going about their enterprise. By the menus you possibly can work together with them by battling, buying and selling, sending messages, and you may even be part of them in co-op. This allows you to play the story alongside one other tamer, following the one earliest in the principle quest. It is a large sport, and that is to not point out the cosmetics you should purchase with foreign money, or the Tamer Go with much more rewards.
The actual fact it is on-line solely does imply you get the occasional server dropout or different technical hitch, however it’s not so frequent to be too annoying. One large perk is that there is not any guide saving to fret about; the sport charts your progress, even all the way down to the place you had been standing once you turned the sport off. Generally the sport will pause for a second once you enter or exit a constructing, however other than that, efficiency is a really clean 60 frames-per-second. We should additionally give a fast shout-out to the DualSense haptic suggestions, which has been applied very properly, significantly throughout battles.
By and huge, Temtem is a well-made, beneficiant monster-taming RPG that differentiates itself sufficient from the apparent competitors. The battle system is maybe its essential power, providing fairly difficult 2-on-2 fights even in opposition to wild encounters. It is jam-packed with stuff to do, and its on-line integration means connecting with different gamers is straightforward. The creature designs could possibly be higher, and the writing and human characters aren’t significantly memorable, but when the sport clicks for you, these weaknesses will fade into the background.