PS4 Review: The Talos Principle Deluxe Edition

Puzzles, AI and the mysteries of life await in this gem…

The Talos Principle is a hard game to begin describing. You are playing as an AI character who must complete puzzles while hearing ethereal messages from someone called Elohim who guides you on your journey. You also come across a computer throughout who has a personality of it’s own called Milton and will ask you all sorts of weird questions, there’s also plenty of random messages and deeper meaning.
The puzzles begin with simple things like using an object to deactivate a force field and reach the object at the end of the stage, then go on to become more complex with added in turrets, exploding mines and then adds in different types of puzzles altogether…including directing laser beams from point A to point B, which takes up a huge chunk of the puzzles. These are very difficult puzzles, I cannot stress that enough…I often tried and tried, but gave in to the temptation of YouTube video solutions, which does take away some of the accomplishment of solving it yourself…but for all purposes, I had to reach the end of the game.

The game can be played in either 1st or 3rd person view, I personally prefer it in 1st person. While playing you will no doubt feel like this is somewhat reminiscent of the way Portal handles, it was originally a PC game but it does feel more natural with a controller. PS4 players also get the bonus “Road to Gehenna” DLC, but the game is rather pricey for a digital-only title at a cost of £30. I know that sounds steep, but believe me when I tell you it is worth every penny.
It’s so mind-baffling at times, but the worlds that Elohim has made for you are amazing to look at, surreal and calming while being stressful all at the same time. It is a work of art, there’s absolutely no denying that. There’s plenty of trophies to keep you occupied as well as 3 endings to see depending on your choices, it’ll take roughly 20+ hours to get your Platinum if you don’t get too stuck or decide to use a video guide for collectables and puzzle solving, otherwise it could take a lot longer.

Like I said, the game is visually beautiful. I did come across a few framerate hiccups now and then, but overall it handles well. The music is eerily calming even during the most complicated puzzle chambers, while the voice of Elohim is booming and powerful.

The Verdict

The Talos Principle is a one of a kind experience that is difficult to put into words. It’s crazy, confusing, stressful…but also charming, calming and most of all fun. Portal and puzzle fans will love every second, as will those who want to try this amazing experience.

Score: 9.5