However, for players who don’t enjoy similar open-world titles, you might find the gameplay aimless at times. There’s no world map to orient yourself and, like the game’s the title suggests, no set path to follow either. Instead, you’re free to roam as much as you please and solve puzzles in a non-linear fashion. In some respects, this aimlessness can be further exacerbated by the fact that the world of The Pathless seems a lot emptier once you stop running at one hundred and fifty miles an hour. There were moments where I felt like fields and towers started blending into one another and I had to take some time to re-orient myself.
That said though, to me, the aim of The Pathless isn’t to offer up a highly detailed world for players to inspect at their leisure. Instead, the game offers a captivating narrative experience at a high pace with one stunning visual after another. The Pathless’ movement and running mechanics are beautifully executed and, when it all lines up, The Pathless’ story is like a strong, colourful current. The best thing you can do is to let go and allow yourself to be swept along by this captivating game.