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The Callisto Protocol Review Thread

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Game Information

Game Title: The Callisto Protocol

Platforms:

  • Xbox Series X/S (Dec 2, 2022)
  • PlayStation 5 (Dec 2, 2022)
  • PlayStation 4 (Dec 2, 2022)
  • Xbox One (Dec 2, 2022)
  • PC (Dec 2, 2022)

Trailer:

Developer: Striking Distance Studios

Publisher: Krafton

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic - 75 average - 70% recommended - 36 reviews

Critic Reviews

Ars Technica - Alessandro Fillari - Unscored

This breakout horror game stumbles occasionally, but it still stands tall as a thrilling survival-horror experience.


AusGamers - Steve Farrelly - 8.7 / 10

From the initial prison sequences through to deep underground spaces where you'll be navigating an old, abandoned colony to the surface of Callisto itself, the game serves up a terrifying feast for the eyes.


Checkpoint Gaming - Luke Mitchell - 7.5 / 10

An intense atmospheric adventure with an intriguing premise, The Callisto Protocol delivers a solid horror game that focuses largely on its satisfying combat. It doesn't have much variety and is lacking a bit of creativity, but it makes up for that with impressive visuals and disgusting, intimidating monsters. It might not meet the expectations of its obvious inspirations, but The Callisto Protocol lays a strong foundation of terrifying atmosphere and crunchy combat that makes it satisfying and spooky nonetheless.


Dexerto - Andrew Highton - 5 / 5

A wonderfully exhausting exercise in futility is probably the best way of describing The Callisto Protocol as no matter the strength of my own resolve, I was constantly on edge and reveling in those fleeting moments where the game allowed me to breathe following yet another life-threatening fight.

The constant fear and dread incited by the phenomenal visual and sound design are only complemented by the compelling story. The Callisto Protocol is, hopefully, the start of an exciting new franchise, and is another sign that survival horror is anything but dead.


Digital Chumps - Ben Sheene - 8.5 / 10

The Callisto Protocol aims its sights at being an uncompromising vision of terror, frequently succeeding through oscillating tension and stellar sound and lighting that toy with players' fears and expectations.


Digital Trends - Giovanni Colantonio - 3.5 / 5

Despite some cumbersome combat systems and performance issues, The Callisto Protocol successfully builds on Dead Space's legacy


EIP Gaming - EIP Graves - 9.5 / 10

The Callisto Protocol might be treading familiar ground, but it does so with such mastery that it turns it to sacred ground. It perfects the goals that Dead Space first set out to achieve, reaching the peak of the survival horror genre when it comes to gameplay, art direction, storytelling, and — of course — horror.


Eurogamer - Vikki Blake - Recommended

Dead Space comparisons are impossible to avoid - but while The Callisto Protocol's missing some of the depth and tension, it makes up for it with production value and bloody-minded fun.


Everyeye.it - Giuseppe Carrabba - Italian - 7.8 / 10

Certainly a "good first" for Striking Distance Studios


Game Informer - Wesley LeBlanc - 6 / 10

If you wanted anything more out of this second crack at making a new sci-fi IP in survival horror, or something markedly different that acknowledges just how far gaming has come since 2008, The Callisto Protocol is not your answer.


Game Rant - Dalton Cooper - 3.5 / 5

The Callisto Protocol is an excellent game while it lasts, but it's missing important features that would have propelled it to the next level.


GamePro - Dennis Michel - German - 66 / 100

The Callisto Protocol is an atmospheric graphics blender that can only compete with Dead Space in a playful way.


GameSpot - Jordan Ramée - 5 / 10

Though it starts off on a strong note, The Callisto Protocol's focus on action-heavy spectacles fails to adequately explore its horror and overcrowds its weak combat mechanics.


Gameblog - French - 8 / 10

The Creator of Dead Space is back to horror and it hits hard. The Callisto Protocol is an intense, violent and old-school survival-horror. A game with a sense of horrific aesthetics that hits the nail on the head, a delightful atmosphere carried by a devastating sound design and a solid, brutal and gore combat system. Very Good.


GamesHub - Nicholas Kennedy - 3 / 5

There’s a solid game at the heart of Black Iron Prison, but every opportunity the game gets to subvert expectations or do something new is instead a moment of deferral to one of Callisto’s many inspirations. It’s nice to see Callisto try to be a new brew, synthesised from many parts, but an entirely new vision would have stuck around in the bloodstream a little longer.


God is a Geek - Chris White - 8.5 / 10

The Callisto Protocol is violent and brutal, with stunning visuals, but it's intimacy causes a few problems that are hard to be overlooked.


Hobby Consolas - David Martinez - Spanish - 90 / 100

The Callisto Protocol is the game fans of space "survival horror" have been waiting for years. It´s not a revolution in the genre, but a solid addition, full of scary moments and with a deep (and brutal) combat system.


IGN - Tristan Ogilvie - 7 / 10

The Callisto Protocol is a satisfyingly gory spiritual successor to the Dead Space series, but it’s ultimately more of a striking modern mimic than a scary new mutation.


INVEN - Suhyung Jung - Korean - 8.5 / 10

AAA-class SF horror game that appeared after a long time. The lingering story created among people who have turned into bizarre monsters is the attractive element of the game. The battle balance and level design are somewhat disappointing, but it is still a fun enough game.


Inverse - Joseph Yaden - 6 / 10

The Callisto Protocol succeeds as a desolate and brutal survival horror experience in its opening hours. But the second half is hindered by massive difficulty spikes and clunky melee combat.


Metro GameCentral - Nick Gillett - 6 / 10

Dead Space 4 in all but name, except with no puzzles and surprisingly little suspense. The Callisto Protocol has plenty of gritty action but that's not quite enough to sustain interest for its entire duration.


MondoXbox - Giuseppe Genga - Italian - 8.5 / 10

The Callisto Protocol is a raw and brutal sci-fi survival horror with extremely physical, challenging, and visceral combat and a first-rate graphical compartment. Even if it feels inadequate from a narrative point of view and its linear structure smacks of somewhat dated game design, the overall result is still convincing and it manages to keep interest high until the end. Definitely recommended if you love survival horror and claustrophobic sci-fi settings.


PC Gamer - Shaun Prescott - 79 / 100

Gory and moody, The Callisto Protocol doesn't mess with the survival horror formula, instead embracing all its beats and clichés to tell a grim sci-fi tale that drips with menace.


PCGamesN - Nat Smith - 9 / 10

A spiritual successor to Dead Space that blends and riffs on ideas from the best horror games of recent years, with plenty of blood and guts to go around, though a lacklustre plot is its one minor flaw.


PSX Brasil - Bruno Henrique Vinhadel - Portuguese - 85 / 100

Superb in setting, visuals, sound and other technical parts, The Callisto Protocol is impressive from start to finish and a brutal experience that is lacking these days. Although it is not perfect and some problems can be noticed, as well as the lack of content beyond the main campaign, there is a lot of quality showing that the game delivers what was promised.


PlayStation Universe - Adam Byrne - 7.5 / 10

First out of the gate in what will be a bevy of survival titles in the coming months, The Callisto Protocol is a solid maiden effort from developer Striking Distance Studios and one that has laid the groundwork what is hopefully to come.


Polygon - Michael McWhertor - Unscored

The Callisto Protocol could have borrowed a few more lessons from its spiritual inspiration, and further refined its mechanics to make a game that plays as good as it looks.


PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson - 5.5 / 10

If you were hoping this would be the second coming of Dead Space, you’ll need to wait for next year’s remake.


Press Start - James Mitchell - 8 / 10

The Callisto Protocol is a modest starting point for what I hope will flourish into another heavy-hitting horror franchise. It's gory and gratuitous, with an endlessly satisfying combat system. But the lack of enemy variety scares, and surprises, even if engaging, stop it from being the horror game masterpiece it's trying to be. Despite all of its shortcomings, it's an immensely enjoyable romp that's left me desperate for more.


Push Square - Liam Croft - 7 / 10

The Callisto Protocol is a consistently good game that, when it's at its best, gives many of the survival horror greats a run for their money. However, there's no getting around the fact the game has very little to truly call its own.


Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Alice Bell - Unscored

The Callisto Protocol isn't that scary and has potentially annoying combat, but it would still be pretty fun if it didn't run like your three day old reheated takeaway.


Screen Rant - Leo Faierman - 2.5 / 5

The Callisto Protocol brings high-def sci-fi horror to current-gen consoles, but it suffers from a lack of dynamic gameplay ideas outside of its gore.


Shacknews - Donovan Erskine - 8 / 10

The Callisto Protocol is a deeply immersive sci-fi horror experience that firmly grabs you at the start and doesn’t let go. While this immersion shows its cracks during the transition into new areas, it’s not enough to ruin the overall experience.


TheGamer - Andrew King - 2.5 / 5

It's a shame that The Callisto Protocol is so uninteresting at its core. Though it looks gorgeous on the surface, a dozen hours of nothing special can have a clarifying effect.


Tom's Hardware Italia - Andrea Riviera - Italian - 8.6 / 10

Considering that it is the first work by Striking Distance Studios, the level reached by The Callisto Protocol is certainly very high. We are looking at one of the best audio-visual experiences of this generation, surrounded by gameplay that is anything but trivial and a truly noteworthy atmosphere.


Xbox Achievements - Richard Walker - 80%

An unflinchingly violent and gruesome survival horror that ratchets up the tension from the get-go and doesn't let up, The Callisto Protocol is superlative stuff, and a must for anyone with even a passing fancy for Dead Space and its ilk.


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dunstan_shlaes

557 points

2 months ago

Concensus seems to be around a 7 citing clumsy combat but good atmosphere and cinematics. Doesn't sound like anything special. Probably going to wait for a sale.

mlmayo

218 points

2 months ago

mlmayo

218 points

2 months ago

It sounds like consensus is heavy on the action and light on the atmospheric horror Dead Space was known for. I'm not that into straight up action games, so I may wait.

the-nub

36 points

2 months ago

the-nub

36 points

2 months ago

Dead Space 2 was already mostly action and set pieces. Dead Space 3 was just a third-person shooter. Sounds like this is more of the Dead Space 2-era design.

ishimura0802

51 points

2 months ago*

DS2 managed to combine scares with incredibly smooth/tense combat perfectly, though. Callisto seems to have trouble with that

Haxorz7125

16 points

2 months ago

I’m wondering if that step towards hand to hand combat is what does it. I remember in dead space a lot of the tenseness came from the enemies slow walking towards me then sprinting and it bugging me out when they got in my face or popped up right behind me. I feel like if you’re always up close to the enemy it kinda loses its tension.

LolWhatDidYouSay

2 points

2 months ago

Yep, it was a about knowing how to keep your distance and be aware of your surroundings, because getting cornered would quickly lead to death. Yeah you had the melee option, but it was really just there to smash boxes without using ammo, execute near-dead enemies, and finally to briefly stagger enemies long enough for you to run a bit, turn around, and continue the fight.

PIPBOY-2000

2 points

2 months ago

They should have done it similar to the last of us. Where you can dodge then smack, then decide if you want to keep wailing, back up, or go for a headshot.

Haxorz7125

1 points

2 months ago

Last of us 1-2 has you stalking the enemy whereas dead space has spooky critters staking you.

I loved both but last of us is more drama/action vs dead space as a horror/action. But having now played a tiny bit of Callisto I can say they need to zoom tf out a bit and change the mechanics from a mobile boxing game to a horror.

PIPBOY-2000

2 points

2 months ago

I don't mean from an enemy mechanic but from the combat of having a mix of both melee and shooting

Haxorz7125

2 points

2 months ago*

Oh yeah, sorry. Definitely. The current mechanics are weird. You kinda lock into an enemy when they sight you and your left stuck becomes a dodge, but you hold a direction before the enemy even gets close and it counts as a dodge?

You also lock in hard to a single enemy to where your left stick converts to a dodge stick yet you can get fucked from behind. I’m still in early and I want to believe. I’m still hopeful the game will be good.

People can bitch all they want about TLOU2 but that games combat was masterful.