PSBlog – Tetris Effect Adds A New Strategic Layer to the Decades-Old Game… And it Works

“Tetris Effect adds a new strategic layer to the core Tetris experience by way of its new “Zone” mechanic, and it’s really good.

As you clear lines in Tetris Effect, you build up a meter in the bottom-left corner of the playfield. As long as you have some meter to burn, you can ENTER THE ZONE (I’m not sure whether the official terminology for this is “getting into The Zone,” “activating The Zone,” etc, so I’m going with my gut here). The team at Enhance is finalizing how exactly players will activate this mechanic, but when I played it was done by pressing either R2 or L2. When you do this, time stops, freezing the falling blocks at the top of the screen until you decide to move them.”