t's Wednesday, so that means it's me, Cecil, and I'm here to give you a game review. This week is small game week, so I'll be doing a quick write-up about the game That's You! for PS4, (free at time of writing for Playstation Plus subscribers).
I'm setting my schedule up as alternating each week between full Triple A games and Neat little Indy/Party Games, which will have a shorter review due to some of them being much shorter games.
So, onto That's You! (yes, the exclamation mark is part of the title).
When it comes to party games, I'm easily amused. From Mario Party to Quiplash, I have yet to find a party game that makes me want to sigh in even a little disappointment. Thats You! is no exception. Play with family or friends, it's up to you, and the options screen even has a button to turn off awkward questions that you would perhaps prefer not to come up when in the company of family.
The gameplay of That's You! Follows a concept similar to the Jackbox Games, except that instead of a website that you navigate to (thus allowing you to play with anything capable of accessing the internet), you now have to download an app that was made by the games creators, which is handily available for both iOS and Android - but if your device is more than two years old, it probably wont be supported. This is a shame, but less of a problem these days I suppose, as most people, if they can afford a PS4 and a Playstation Plus subscription, can afford a vaguely recent phone or tablet.
With app in hand, you take a selfie to begin. You have the option of warping the image, with often hilarious results. Once everyone is ready, play begins. Gameplay mostly consists of the Playstation asking the room who is most likely to do something, or how they would complete a sentence, and then everyone votes on what they think the correct answer is, and points are decided by how many people agree with each other, so it helps to know the people you are playing with.
Graphically the game is very pretty, due to not a lot needing to go on in the backgrounds as the focus is on each other rather than the environments. That being said, the locations visited in the game, primarily to link questions together thematically, are varied and immediately inform you as to what kind of questions will be coming up. For instance, the police station environment focuses on questions about law: who is most likely to commit what crimes, how would this person react to being on the run, etc.
My favourite environment in the game, however, is the haunted attic. Questions revolve around either halloween or monsters, and how the players would handle the situations. Each environment also ends with a drawing moment, where one person in the room is picked at random to take a picture of someone else, then everyone draws on them, following the given prompt. After all the drawings are done (within a time limit, so masterpieces are not likely) the group then vote on their favourite piece, so those with education in art generally have an advantage in this section. My first game involved at least 2 people in the group with such education: myself posessing a BTEC in Art and Design, and my step-father with his Fine Art degree.
The music of this game is always perfect, fitting the environment and setting the mood beautifully, but again, this isn't the focus of the game, so maybe not everyone will notice this.
All in all, That's You! Is a great party game if you enjoy spending time with people and know each other fairly well. It's beautiful, takes maybe 30 minutes to run through a game, leaving plenty of time for multiple games with new questions when people want to keep playing, and supports 2-6 players, meaning that you might have to take turns if you have a large group of people around. I recommend this game to anyone looking for something to play with the family that doesnt cost the fifty-plus pounds that board games tend to these days, and definitely worth picking up while it's free on Playstation Plus.
Thanks for reading. I've been Cecil, and you've been great.