In amidst all the big demons with souls and kilometer Spider-Men, the PS5 isn’t exactly overflowing with new games right now. Even those games I mentioned are a remake and a standalone to a PS4 exclusive. Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition also isn’t technically new, but I think it has every chance of finding itself a chilly home on the new console?
Why? Well, a) because you play as a very adorable fox complete with its own bark button, and b) because it has a good photo mode that will help you catch the ball of orange fluff at its fluffiest.
I messed around with Spirit of the North’s Photo Mode on PS5 and found it incredibly easy to get to grips with, if maybe a little lightweight for anyone coming off the Adobe-esque depth in Miles Morales. There’s not that much to tinker with and nothing in the way of filters or emojis and stickers, though the latter would probably just take away from what a lovely, serene game this is.
Here’s the fox champ in all their bristly glory (sorry about the compression).
Spirit of the North is actually pretty plain looking to begin with, but then the horizons start appearing, and phwoar.
I don’t think it’s the best looking game on the PS5, but there’s something about Spirit of the North that just works so well. I think it might be the curiously watercolour-esque fur on the fox. Here is the fella with some friends.
And some more miscellaneous shots, including a gobstopper.
Photo mode is such a big selling point for single-player games now and it’s great to see an indie like Spirit of the North adopt one too. It’s so easy to just press down on the D-pad and then start fiddling around with a screenshot opportunity, particularly when the fox is so photogenic. I actually started to get annoyed with myself while playing as I spent half my time just within photo mode.
As for the game itself, while Spirit of the North isn’t really a technical showcase for the PS5 or shows off its special features all that well, it’s still a narrative adventure worth burrowing for. If you can’t stomach £70 for Demon’s Souls this Christmas, Spirit of the North isn’t a bad alternative for a few hours of fun.
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