So Yonder, we meet again.
You kept me coming back for more and my, were you worth the platinum trophy.
This game was everything that is a synonym for “incredible” – but it did have some downfalls.
From the start I was drawn to the graphics, the setting, the scenery and all the characters and animals. I had no idea what I was wondering into with this game but the further I went in, the clearer the story became.
The story itself is a happy one – there is no evil and combat in this game and I quite enjoyed that. The main quest itself is quite short however there are what feels like a million side quests which require a fair bit of back and forth adventuring. This is where my love/hate relationship with the game comes from. On top of the side quests, there are many collections for you to complete and many farms where you can farm animals.
I put hours into completing many quests that it took so long for me to achieve the platinum trophy on the PlayStation 4 for the game. Even with the trophy there are still so many side quests to do. It was a very time-consuming game and it really took a toll on me. Nonetheless, it is the perfect “chill out and relax” kind of game if it’s played in little chunks at a time, otherwise it becomes too much and you may get frustrated with it.
Enough of the sadness though – the open world was beautiful and a lot better than I expected. The interaction with the animals was super adorable and the magic in the game was stunning. The adventuring felt very “Zelda Breath of the Wild” like but obviously much more restrictive. Overall, the aesthetic was gorgeous! Yonder is very colourful and bright and pulls you into its beauty.
If you are after a game that you can sit down and play every so often that doesn’t require much thinking or effort – apart from the constant back and forth tasks – then Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is the game for you. It is a great adventure and the graphics are like beautiful artwork – they’re just so pretty to look at. The controls are easy to learn, your character moves at a decent pace, and there is no malice which keeps you in a happy mode all throughout the game.
I rate Yonder an 8.5/10 and I would be lying if I said I did not have fun playing this game.