[PlayStation 5] Until Then Review

by EdEN, Owner

Indie narrative adventure Until Then from Maximum Entertainment and Polychroma Games is ready for you on PlayStation 5. Learn more about it in our Until Then review!

Indie narrative adventure Until Then from Maximum Entertainment and Polychroma Games is ready for you on PlayStation 5. This one will also have some rhythm game segments thrown in here and there, so be ready! You’ll take on the role of one Mark Borja, a young boy who wants to excel as an artist. The game takes place in 2015, so technology is very much going to be part of your journey as you chat with friends, check out online posts, like and share them…. and live with the actions of your consequences. Or is that the other way around? I always confuse them.

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Your journey will begin in the main protagonist’s bedroom. As you press the X button to start the game, nothing will happen… except for an alarm sound. Mash the X button, and the main protagonist will wake up. This short segment will let you know what to expect from the rest of the game. Once he slams on the alarm clock, you’ll take control by using the left analog stick. The X button will be used to interact as needed. You’ll also choose what answers to give as you chat with characters and move the story forward.

His room is pretty much a mess. He’s in no mood to tidy up the bed. The laundry basket is flipped over the floor, with dirty clothes overflowing out of it. He worked on homework for a minute before being distracted by a video game. You know how important it is to destroy digital monsters! It’s when he gets to the keyboard that he manages to focus and play for a bit… until he’s distracted over and over by a rooster. He then reads the reply he got for his application for Virtuoso 22, for which he’s been rejected.

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You’ll soon get to meet the rest of the cast, which adds a nice variety to how the story unravels. All characters have a specific feel to them, and you’ll clearly get to see what makes them tick as you talk with them. There’s one character, in particular, that draws a big chunk of your attention since she’s the smartest and most beautiful girl in school, and she’s also the class President. When you – plot twist – find out that she’s been dating someone for a month, a lot changes between yourself and Louise and how other characters see her.

But when she casually mentions during class that it’s good that it’s stopped raining even though it hasn’t rained in months, you’ll start to realize there is probably more going on than what was apparent at first. Later, after her chess tournament win, Louise confides in you and mentions that she could have sworn it had been raining outside of her window for days. On top of that, she’s talked to other people who are having the exact same experience, which is twice as odd! And when it starts to rain out of nowhere, Mark gets a weird feeling of Déjà Vu. What’s really going on?

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Until Then has a full trophy list to offer, so you’ll be working on adding a new shiny Platinum trophy to your collection. The list is split into 15 Bronze trophies, 8 Silver trophies, and 6 Gold trophies. What will you need to do for that Platinum trophy? You will have to share 10 posts, like 100 comments, get a score of 100 in the videoke, use only 1-pesos coins in the ticket vending machine, choose the wrong train station 10 times, and complete some miscellaneous objectives that I won’t be spoiling here. Fine. Just one, OK? Be sure to remove all thumbtacks you find. There. That should get you a couple of trophies.

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Indie narrative adventure Until Then puts you in the shoes of Mark Borja, a young man who is winging it through school, rushing to get projects done at the last minute, all while crushing on the class President who, plot twist, happens to have a boyfriend. As he leans on his friends and gets to meet some new people after a pair of female students transfer to school, all he can think about is his love for music, the upcoming school dance… and how the aforementioned class President is having some weird Déjà Vu moments she’s sharing with others, while Mark also starts to have a weird feeling about a series of unraveling events. This is a game that is definitely worth checking out. It offers a chill story-driven experience with its heart in the right place. Until Then is available now on PlayStation 5 with a $19.99 price tag.

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This Until Then review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Maximum Entertainment.

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