Sable from Raw Fury and Shedworks takes you on a coming-of-age journey through an alien world. Learn more in our Sable review!
Sable from Raw Fury and Shedworks takes you on a coming-of-age journey through an alien world. You will be taking on the role of the titular character as you help her work her way through the Gliding, a special rite of passage that will have her exploring the vast desserts and ancient ruins in search of meaning. This is the first video game project from the two-person indie team that got their start in 2014 working on websites, apps, exhibitions, and even music videos.
As you can tell from the trailer and the screens in this Sable review, the whole thing looks like a Mobius graphic novel come to life, which is definitely what will first grab your attention. This story takes place on the planet of Midden, where those that find their way towards adulthood must complete their special journey, all while helping those they meet – old acquaintances and new ones alike. It’s a very chill game without any combat and some puzzles to solve here and there.
You’ll control Sable with the left analog stick, sprinting by pressing and holding down the Circle button (which will consume some of your stamnina), as you move the camera around as needed with the right one. The X button will be used for jumping, and once you unlock the power to glide, you can do so by pressing and holding down the X button while up I the air. The Square button will allow you to interact with objects and NPC. Sable can climb up walls, as long as she has enough stamina for the task. The L1 button is for your compass, which will point you in the right direction. To get a better idea of where you are and where you should be headed, open up your map with a press of the Touchpad.
To make it easier to explore the vast world before you, you’ll first ride a clunker of a loaner hoverbike as you work on building one you can call your own. To do this, you’ll need to collect a control panel, a power supply, as well as an atomic calibrator. To call your hoverbike to your side, just press the Triangle button. Once you start to ride it, you will be able to accelerate with the R2 button to speed up your ride. You can change bike mode with the X button, which will make it possible to strafe.
While you can certainly take your time and explore the world of Sable at your own pace, you will have an easier time if you have access to the map for each area. This is why you should keep an eye out for the cartographer who is riding through the sky on an air balloon, since he’s the one from which you can buy a new map. And to purchase that map, as well as to buy anything else, you’re going to have to search inside of vases, treasure chests and other containers to find enough Cuts – the in-game currency – to cover its cost.
If you want to 100% the game, then as you explore each area, you should keep an eye out for the long and squishy worms that are hidden everywhere. These are called Chums, and when you interact with them, they will leave behind a Chum Egg. Collect as many as you can and bring them back to the Queen Chum to be rewarded! What will be your reward? A tear from the Queen Chum herself! Each tear that she sheds will increase your overall stamina, which is why finding the rest of the eggs is crucial for your journey.
Trophy-wise, this one has a full trophy list with a Platinum, and it’s going to be a fun one to work on! The full list includes 46 Bronze trophies, 9 Silver trophies and one Gold trophy. You’ll get trophies for unlocking the additional masks you can find along the way by completing a series of main and secondary objectives. The rest of the trophies will pop after you open specific locked doors here and there to explore new locations, collect a variety of beetles, find 20 parts for the hoverbike, collect ten badges, customize your hoverbike at the Machinist, talk to 30 NPCs, open 40 chests (and yes, vases with Cuts inside also count!), get 5 seconds of air time on your hoverbike, or fall from a great height. If you want some extra help, you can check out this Sable Trophy Guide.
Sable is a chill coming-of-age journey that feels as if a Mobius graphic novel had come to life on the TV screen. You’ll get to explore a vast desert wasteland with some very distinct groups spread around here and there. Given the game’s more laidback nature – without any combat whatsoever – this is one that won’t be for everyone. But if you try it out, you might find an adventure that is worth experiencing. The game is not without issues, since there’s plenty of pop-in as you explore each area, as well as some slowdown and graphical glitches, which is something that shouldn’t be happening on a PS5 game. Sable is out with a $24.99 asking price, and it’s one you should check out on Sony’s console!
This Sable review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Raw Fury.