Pascal’s Wager: Definitive Edition is being released this month by Nintendo Switch. Expect an action-packed, mind-bending experience for gamers of all levels.
Set in a world of darkness, fantasy and mystery, the Couriers – five powerful and unique characters with distinct combat styles – immerse players in a battle against the mysterious Dark Mist – remnants from centuries past, when the sun sank into the sea, leading to the mist enveloping the land.
For some background knowledge, the Colossus, mysterious creatures that dispelled the Dark Mist that once engulfed the land of Solas, have fallen. As Couriers in the game, players explore various handcrafted locales full of secrets, hidden mysteries, and stories, and the veiled truth of Solas awaits.
Thousands of years after the Colossi appeared, a mysterious illness fell upon these creatures of light, and they began to fall: enter Pascal’s Wager.
Following the downfall of the Colossi, Terrence the Courier and his companions set off on an arduous and epic journey, encountering benevolent and evil figures as the truth behind the dark world is unveiled.
This is where it gets really good, because the Couriers are equipped for battle with unique character features, while being presented with intense challenges as well. Namely, characters can lose their sanity.
The Sanity System
In war against the enemies, players can expect to continuously lose ‘sanity’, a twisted and engaging feature of the game; when the Sanity Gauge falls below a certain threshold, player status changes from ‘Normal’ to ‘Abnormal’ to ‘Lunatic’, and each level of this mind maze comes with a set of challenges and rewards.
With each change in Sanity Status, players ‘see’ changes in the world, including enemies becoming stronger and increasingly more aggressive. In these ‘Abnormal’ and ‘Lunatic’ states of mind however, characters earn extra rewards by defeating enemies, resulting in a truly intense gaming experience.
For beginners seeking a more moderate pace to the action, Pascal’s Wager features an accessible “Casual Mode” for a more chill version of combat. Truly something for any player willing to engage with the dark side.
The game provides 20+ hours playtime with seven unique maps, and takes strong advantage of Nintendo Switch Handheld mode.