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Deathloop: 10 Time Loop-Based Games That It Borrowed Mechanics From

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Deathloop is far from the first title to truly explore time looping in video games. The time-looping plot is a rather popular one.

Arkane Studio's Deathloop is one of the biggest and most anticipated AAA titles to have been released in 2021. It's an ambitious cycle of trapping players in a fully open unescapable death loop is bold, to say the least. The fact it's replayable and hardly a boring adventure says far more about its overall quality. However, Deathloop is far from the first title to truly explore time looping in video games.

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A time loop, for those who don't know, is when a protagonist is stuck within a set series of events. To escape, they need to fulfill a requirement. In Deathloop, the protagonist needs to kill the eight targets scattered about the game. However, the task is not so straightforward in others. It's been an ever more common trope in gaming and other media but has proliferated the gaming industry for longer than one may expect.

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With only forty or so minutes before the collapse of an entire solar system, players explore multiple collapsing planets to uncover their mystery before their inevitable destruction in order to hopefully escape the time loop they are within. Outer Wilds is a beautifully designed and masterful gaming experience, having won multiple awards for its beautiful graphics and environments.

In each playthrough, players explore different areas of the solar system seeing the world collapse around them. One time gamers may see a planet's demise, and another they will entirely miss it. Each run fills in more and more mysteries surrounding this dying universe and whether the player can do anything to stop it.

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