Sable is a beautiful third person adventure where a young woman embarks on a rite of passage in a vast open world filled with ancient wonders.
In Sable you take control of the titular Sable, a young woman who is about to embark on a rite of passage called the Gliding. She lives in a small desert colony but her journey will take her far away and there’s a good chance she may never return. Along the way she’ll travel across vast desert landscapes, meet other clans and nomads, discover ancient mysteries and discover herself.
First though she’ll need a hoverbike, which is where the demo comes in. The demo features a large area for you to explore around Sable’s home colony, and within it are some friends who will help point you in the right direction, some ancient ruins to explore and some hover-bike parts to find.
The gameplay in Sable feels a little like a non-combative blend of Journey and Breath of the Wild, with you able to freely explore the world, learn more of what makes it tick, chat with NPCs, solve minor puzzles and discover secrets. It’s a world that has lots of history and feels very much like there are centuries of long forgotten secrets buried beneath its sandy dunes.
Some of the dialogue sections do drag on a little right at the start of the game, but once you get your hands on a (battered old) hover-bike Sable really comes into its own. The cel-shaded visuals are stunning, the characters you meet are interesting and you really become invested in Sable’s journey. It’s the game world that’s the real start of the show though – a magical place full of jaw-dropping vistas and ancient mysteries to unearth. Highly recommended.