developer: Runic Games
publisher: Perfect World Entertainment
Game mode: single player
Hob is an arcade adventure game for PC and PS4 developed by Runic Games. The studio is known primarily for the critically acclaimed Torchlight hack ‘n’ slash game series.
In the game, we assume the role of a hero who wakes up in a beautiful but dangerous world, which stands on the verge of annihilation. The protagonist does not remember how he came to be in that place and will learn the answers for his questions only as the story will unfold. What’s interesting, the production does not feature any text or dialogues which gives the players’ imagination a lot of room to do its magic.
The gameplay takes place in an open world that can be freely traversed. At the same time, the mechanics somewhat resemble solutions from typical platformer games. The core of the gameplay is exploration and interaction with the encountered lifeforms and the planet itself. There is no shortage of traps that wait for the protagonist as well as quite numerous logic puzzles to solve. The key to success in the game is to discover how to survive in an alien and hostile environment that constantly changes. The items we find and the protagonist’s skills we discover will prove useful and let us access previously inaccessible places as well as to take control over nature to shape it to our liking.
Hob for PC and PS4 is characterized by original and slightly artistic graphics, partially done in the cel-shading technique that simultaneously amazes with the beauty of the game world and intimidates with the amount of the danger that await the hero.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Core i3 3.2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 550 Ti/Radeon HD 7870 or better, 5 GB HDD, Windows 7/8.1/10