[PlayStation 5] Crow Country Review

by EdEN, Owner

Crow Country from SFB Games is a PS1-inspired horror game set in an abandoned theme park. Learn more about it in our Crow Country review!

Crow Country from SFB Games is a PS1-inspired horror game set in an abandoned theme park. The studio previously gave us Tangle Tower, a fun point and click adventure game on Nintendo Switch, so this one is very much a different type of experience! It’s the year 1990, and it’s been two years since the disappearance of Edward Crow, which led to the closing of his Crow Country theme park. You’ll be taking on the role of Mara Forest, who has arrived to try and find out what has really happened… for better or worse. Your mission will begin after shooting down the lock, keeping people outside of the Crow Country theme park.

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The easy way to describe this game to someone else would be think Silent Hill meets Resident Evil, but with character models and locations ripped from Final Fantasy VII. There’s definitely a horror vibe in this one, and you’ll certainly be shooting at things that go bump in the night, but there’s a weird aura surrounding the Crow Country theme park and everything inside it. I had been looking forward to checking out what Crow Country had to offer, but I was not prepared for what I was about to jump into.

You can take on this survival horror journey in one of two options: Survival Horror or Exploration Mode. For Survival Mode, you’ll be getting a more old-school experience, with danger potentially lurking around every corner. If you decide to play in Exploration Mode, then you’ll be able to take on the game at your own pace, knowing that you won’t be attacked. That way, anyone can take this one for a spin! Do know that if you play Crow Country in Exploration Mode, then your performance won’t be graded, and you won’t receive a rank at the end of your mission.

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Mara will walk around each area with the left analog stick, while the right one will be used to control the camera. You can play either with classic combat controls or modern combat controls. What this means is that for classic combat controls, you’ll be raising your weapon with the R1 button, shooting with the X button, reloading with the Circle button, and switching weapons with the L1 button. If you go with modern combat controls, then you’ll be raising your weapon with the L2 button, shooting with the R1 button, reloading with the R2 button, and switching weapons with the L1 button. Which one will you choose? Oh, and since the theme park is very dark, you might want to grab and use the flashlight over there on the floor. Just be sure to press the Square button to activate it!

To survive, you’ll need to make the most of every single bullet on you. This is why it’s important that you collect all ammo boxes so that you’re never caught without any ammo in your weapons. If you find a vending machine, be sure to give it a good kick. You might end up with more ammo, an antidote bottle, or even a med kit to heal your wounds. If you want to get the best rank possible during your time with Crow Country, you’ll need to make sure that you don’t use too many items to heal your wounds or to heal the wounds of those that you meet inside the theme park.

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The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to add to your collection. The list includes 3 Bronze trophies, 2 Silver trophies, and 10 Gold trophies for you to work on. What will you need to do for that shiny Platinum? You’ll need to complete objectives such as finding the secrets map, finding the shotgun, flamethrower, and magnum revolver, upgrading the potency of the med kits, upgrading all weapons, defeating all optional mini-bosses, beating the game, and doing so while getting an S rank. If you need some extra help, you can check out this Crow Country Trophy Guide.

Crow Country is a PS1-inspired horror game set in an abandoned theme park. It does a great job of taking us back to the era of the original PlayStation and the Nintendo 64, giving us a game that feels like a mix of Silent Hill and Resident Evil but with character models and locations ripped from Final Fantasy VII. It’s a journey that should take you around 4-5 hours to complete depending on your experience with the survival horror genre. Crow Country is out on PlayStation 5 with a $19.99 price tag.

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This Crow Country review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by SFB Games.

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