Terminal Objective + Escalating Difficulty
Your objective in Stormland’s Cycling World is to conquer the Tempest command tower in Terminus. To do that, you must ascend through all three open-world strata, which you’ll unlock in sequence by completing Storm Portal missions.After achieving victory in Terminus, you’ll be met with an increased Escalation Level from the Tempest once the cycle rolls over for the following week. That means squads will come in stronger force, with greater numbers and higher-tier enemies mixed in. If you fail to complete Terminus within the next two cycles, the Escalation Level will go back down. If you complete Terminus at the maximum Escalation Level of 2, you’ll unlock a special ending.
SEGA’s VR Glasses Project That Didn’t Make It. Gaming companies also knew that Virtual Reality was going to become a huge thing in the gaming world. However, while they had the vision, they were lacking the technology we have today. In 1993, at one of the first Consumer Electronics Shows, SEGA announced the Sega VR headset for their Genesis console. The prototype glasses had head tracking, LCD screens in the visor and stereo sound. SEGA’s idea was to release the product for a mere $200 at the time, but technical development issues turned the idea into one of the biggest flops for the infamous gaming company. The product was never released on the market.
Hero AscensionAt the end of the main story and at the end of any cycle in which you’ve successfully completed Terminus, you’ll trade in the following upgrades for hero growth:
- Equipped Aeon Buds and corresponding skills
- Holstered weapons and gear
- Acquired weapons schematics
- Unlocked strata access points
If you don’t defeat Terminus in a given cycle, you’ll keep all your upgrades and strata unlocks, so you can proceed towards Terminus at your own pace.
While magazine-based reloading can be a lot of fun in VR games, I think Insomniac made an excellent choice with Stormland’s weapon design in this regard; the gesture of tearing guns apart is an absolute joy, and this also means that even if you find a gun you don’t care for (which happens often) it’s still useful to you because it can be turned into Alloy and ammo.
By starting on a fresh new cycle with a new character build, you can play the cycle with an appropriately powered character alongside the rest of the community and tailor your new character’s build to the new cycle conditions. The world is revived, gameplay stays challenging, and progression stays brisk.
Activity TimeWhat else is there to do in Stormland’s Cycling World? Plenty! Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Find human habitats. Campsites filled with artifacts and audio logs populate the world.
- Shoot down weather balloons. Capsules filled with resources drift through the upper atmosphere.
- Raid supply barges. Aerial ships hold supplies for skilled gliders.
- Climb towers. Tempest drilling devices contain valuable weapons.
- Scan collectibles. New collectibles appear in each stratum.
- Intercept Tempest transmissions. Some Strongholds and Terminus towers beam transmissions from Tempest command. Scan transmissions to learn more about the Tempest’s ominous motives.
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Tips + Tricks
From combat and traversal to exploration and beyond, there are plenty of ways to make the most of what Stormland has to offer while giving yourself a competitive edge. Here are just a few of our favorites.Create a Cyclone Burst When approaching an island, shoot the clouds with your hand laser right after you skim by a Speed Buoy to glide onto the island interior from above—this may save you some time walking or climbing and lets you quickly survey the island’s contents.Vault Over Enemies When a Goliath Trooper goes into siege mode, their firing arc is mostly in front of their shield—fling yourself over them and hit the weak points on their hip before they can respond.
Glide Into a Stealth Attack
Gliding is both silent and fast, so it’s great for stealth kills if you can master the soft landing. Raise and pull your hands in to feather and brake as you approach the ground behind your enemy target.
Practice Makes Perfect
Because Stormland is continuously in flux, there’s plenty to keep players coming back for more—which means you have ample opportunity to hone your skills. Take your time plotting out your opening salvo when engaging with large groups of enemies, and team up with others to overlap your efforts for some high-power combos.
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