Kain wrote on Apr 27, 2019, 07:36:
Wesp5 wrote on Apr 27, 2019, 05:05:
WitcherOntheProwl wrote on Apr 26, 2019, 23:43:
This is one of the worst games I've ever played. Super, super, super, super boring.
I agree. I wouldn't even call it a game, it's just a walking simulator in which you go around opening stuff! I think this and Dear Ester started an endless list of Indie games from developers who just can't handle NPCs so everybody is always gone and I can't ever remember any explanation for this that was satisfying...
I was always confused why the press was tripping all over themselves to love up this up. I have no problem with the idea that its a non-traditional game or even the value proposition. What bothers me is that even if you accept it on its merits and treat it like a bit of an interactive novel, it's frankly not a very good one. The writing is mediocre, the story is filled with red herrings and pacing problems. The themes its trying to represent are admirable but handled clumsily so its comes off as patronizing and stretches credulity. The whole game just sort of fails at being anything of substance.
This and Firewatch are some of the most overrated indie titles I've seen. If people want something with better writing and at least a bit of actual gameplay and impact then they should play Life is Strange.
Free is free but if you value your time, I think you can find higher quality enjoyment elsewhere.
The press was tripping overthemselves to praise this game because it was made by Steve Gaynor, who is a darling of the press and because it involved "progressive" subject matter (I won't spoil it.)
In the end, it's a very contrived and generic story that's been told a million times before and often better. It has really amazing environment art and the voice acting is quite good but the writing is generic young adult novel fare at best. But no one wanted to be the critic that went against the grain.
I've played and enjoyed some "walking simulators" but I have high standards for the genre because it means you think your story is so good, it doesn't need game play to back it up. Some can actually pull this off (SOMA, Observer, Layers of Fear, Transference, Firewatch to a point) but this one just doesn't. It's still leagues better than Dear Esther though, at least this story actually makes and kind of sense.