Sony were very vocal before the Playstation 4 was released in that they would be fully supportive of indie games. One of the very first indie games to be released for the Playstation 4 was Contrast. As a Playstation Plus subscriber I actually got this game for free. So I was more than willing to give it a try. I am actually really glad it was the first Playstation 4, Playstation Plus game as I probably would have not paid for it if I am honest, and I would have missed out on a pretty interesting game.
The first thing that attracts you to Contrast is the way that the game looks. Contrast is also on the Xbox 360, and while the Playstation 4 version is clearly smoother, and has much better lighting I would not say that it is loads better over the Xbox 360 version. Still this is a game that is very easy on the eyes.
The game is set in the 1920's and it has a really cool film noir style look to it. This is an art style that for one reason or another is really not used all that often in video games. The game has a pretty interesting story in its content, and the way that it is told. The story is about this kid who is called Didi. Didi's parents are at war, and her mother who is a semi famous lounge singer has kicked her father out of the house. Her father is not really a bad guy, but he makes some pretty bad decisions. He is involved with the mob, and if he doesn't get his life together then his wife will never take him back. Or even worse the mob will take care of him! When you see other characters talking you only see their shadows, and it is actually really cool.
Didi sees it as her missions to get them back together. Now I am sure you think I am going to tell you that you play the role of Didi, but you do not. You instead play the role of Didi's imaginary friend, and you can jump into the shadows to get to new areas. For example it may look like you are stick at a dead end, but if you jump into the shadows then you can use them to climb over. It's a pretty interesting game play mechanic, and it does have a few tricky puzzles.
Contrast is very easy to pick up and play, and for the most part it does control well enough. The only real trouble that I came across was some of the platform sections of the game when you need to make precise jumps. But after a short while you will get to grips with it. Speaking of short the game is pretty short in length. But that actually is to the games advantage. You see while the game is fun and the whole going into the shadows thing is cool. I am not sure it would have suited a 20 hour long game.
Contrast is a pretty solid game. It has a well written and well acted story, and I think it's one of the more interesting titles available for the Playstation 4 right now. And while I did get the game for free. I would actually say it is well worth the price of admission.
Pros and Cons
Great Voice Acting
Going Into The Shadows Is Fun
Story Is Good, But Once Beaten You Wont Play Again