Sometimes a game comes along that changes the face of what can happen in the environment. A title that conveys enchanting environmental storytelling, uncompromising strategic battles, and graphics that challenge our perception of the eerie valley. From the developer of Human Hand comes Rock Paper Scissors, a reimagining of what we thought hands could do.
Rock Paper Scissors can be said to be simple. Players choose three distinct ways to conquer their opponents in a highly technical duel. One player turns their hands into iconic tools of destruction in an attempt to take down their opponents in their quest for glory. Rock the scissors, the scissors beat the paper, the paper beat the rock, and the cycle continues. The latest free-to-play multiplayer phenomenon seems easy to spot. However, if the publisher’s latest Twitch influencer campaign is any indication, players will have to expect a tactical experience if they are to succeed. The amount of strategies found in Rock Paper Scissors is astounding.
Like my time with LA Noire, I’ve spent many matches trying to read every opponent’s facial cues and hand twitches to get the jump on what they’re going to throw next. It’s an enjoyable experience that will dominate Twitch channels for months to come. There are some who will complain that the game is too challenging, but the developer has said that it is not for everyone and you should better if you want to enjoy the game. However, I also worry about the integrity of the experience as I’ve run into a lot of cheaters who change their mid throw. I hope Human Hand will take this matter seriously and find a way to put in place as many anti-cheat programs as possible.
Another problem players may encounter is the single-player campaign. Some may enjoy trying to beat themselves, but most will get bored with the lack of options when playing alone. The gameplay may not catch on in single-player, but the amount of Human Hand lore that has worked into the experience is astounding. Similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s pioneering environmental storytelling, there’s no explanation as to where these iconic characters originated, nor why these people. win over the other. The developer wants players to delve into this world and discover countless legends for themselves.
My other complaint with the content on offer is that it’s severely lacking when it comes to features outside of the classic single-player and multiplayer options. There are no additional modes, events, levels, or unlocks to keep me going, which makes me worry about the longevity of the Rock Paper Scissors. Cosmetics like gloves and rings don’t come cheap and don’t add much to my overall enjoyment of the game. The photo mode was helpful, but I was a bit annoyed by the fact that I needed to provide my own camera to capture the beauty of the experience.
However, that frustration dissipates when you see the Rock Paper Scissors in action. The graphics are amazing and some of the best I’ve ever seen. The human hand has really outdone itself when it comes to the visual fidelity of the title. The gorgeous light changes depending on where you are in the world, the facial patterns look weirdly lifelike and I’ve really enjoyed the multitude of diverse hands I’ve come across during his 98 hours of practice. It’s the visual cherry on one of the best consoles I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying.
Single-player fans may find the game flawed, but Rock Paper Scissors is a revelation for the rest of us. The human hand has really raised the bar for what hand games can be. And when combined with great titles like Thumb Wars, Pat-a-Cake, and even Mercy’s controversial remake, early adopters of the platform can take notice, knowing their futures are very much. bright. Rock, Paper, Scissors shows what games are capable and sets the standard for decades to come.