Review

Orwell Review

  • First Released Oct 27, 2016
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  • PC

Be a good Big Brother.

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George Orwell, the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, is the sort of writer whose work is unlikely to ever feel irrelevant or unimportant. Although his writing is only explicitly mentioned a few times in Orwell, the game questions modern surveillance techniques and the security of online communication in a way you'd imagine the author would were he still alive.

You play as an “investigator” with access to Orwell, the ironically named surveillance system used to accumulate data on suspicious individuals. Your first day on the job opens with a bomb detonating in a public park, and the next five days, spread between five chapters, are dedicated to working out who was behind this attack and preventing further incidents. This is all done by collecting information about suspects from their digital presence, both public (blogs, comments, social media) and private (bank account, phone calls, email, their home desktops).

The Watergate name is a bit on the nose.
The Watergate name is a bit on the nose.

The Orwell program has an “Ethical Codex” that requires each piece of intelligence found to go through a two-step process. Data you find can be sent on to an “adviser” who does not have access to the same systems you do, cannot have a conversation with you, and must judge evidence impartially. This system means that you need to really pay attention to what data you’re sending through and what you’re choosing to ignore.

As you peruse the evidence available to you, certain pieces of text will be highlighted in either blue or yellow, corresponding to suspects in the case. The blue-highlighted text can immediately be uploaded to Orwell, but it can be misconstrued. Send through an innocent joke between friends about one torturing the other, and without the proper context, the adviser is likely to think the person is unhinged. Yellow-highlighted text denotes a contradiction with another piece of text, and it’s up to you to study these contradictions and figure out which piece of information to send through. Not being able to go back on your poor choices feels like a gameplay constraint rather than something that makes sense in the narrative, but being forced to commit to your questionable choices ramps up the game’s tension as you search for details.

Some characters are harder to dig up information about than others.
Some characters are harder to dig up information about than others.

Orwell simulates the busywork of an office job to tell a larger story about surveillance. You soon find yourself investigating “Thought,” a mysterious collective made up mostly of young activists with awkward Internet histories. As a game focused on searching through in-game websites for dirt and details, Orwell lives or dies on the strength of its plot and characterization. Thankfully, the writing is consistently lively and intriguing. The depiction of a surveillance state feels extremely relevant; it’s made clear that the obvious advantages of being able to easily track terror suspects online come with a disquieting loss of privacy for innocent civilians. In an age where so much personal information is willingly released by so many, Orwell brilliantly explores the implications of this data being misinterpreted.

The characters feel real and familiar, without ever drifting into cliche. Investigating their lives and relationships means getting to know them and figuring out which characters are actually committed to the ideals they claim to hold. You never meet any of these people, but the characterization runs deep. Suspects like Harrison, an angry idealist with an attitude problem, an inflated sense of self-worth, and a clear willingness to sell-out on his ideals, feel genuine. The game’s writers have a strong grasp of how people communicate online and how rhetoric shifts between personal and public conversations. It’s also interesting how personal bias can seep into the gameplay--I often found that whether I wanted to hide or release certain information depended on how much I liked the person I was investigating.

Hey, it’s that guy the game is named after!
Hey, it’s that guy the game is named after!

The changes brought about by your decisions and discoveries are significant, and while they won’t upend the entire plot, there were noticeable differences in my second playthrough. Subsequent runs are unlikely to be as satisfying as the first, though, if only because solving the central “mysteries” of Orwell signposts which decisions are likely to be “good” or “bad” on a second attempt. I found myself needing to purposely reach conclusions that I knew were incorrect, role-playing as a bad investigator just to see what would happen. But even knowing the “right” answers isn’t always enough--I tried hard to change an outcome at the end of Chapter 3 on my second playthrough, but the thing I’d been trying to avoid still happened, albeit for completely different reasons than I’d experienced on my first playthrough. Orwell’s twists and turns are surprising and exciting, even when you have some idea of what’s coming. There are a few minor issues with Orwell’s current build--the game hard crashed on me a few times, or refused to load images--but each issue I had was fixed with a reload, and because the game saves constantly, I never lost progress.

Orwell is a hard experience to pull back from, even as the dirtiness of your job sinks in. It uses simple mechanics to tell a complex and engaging story, one that feels particularly relevant right now. This is a game where your choices matter and resonate, and which will leave you with plenty to think about once it’s over.

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The Good
Convincing characters and plot
Thrilling "aha" moments
Impactful choices and discoveries
Your job hits the right note between feeling important and hugely invasive
The Bad
Some rules feel arbitrary
A few glitches and crashes require rebooting the game
Text logs of phone conversations feel unnatural
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James O’Connor loves narrative-driven games, and should probably re-read Nineteen Eighty-Four soon. For this review, he put five hours into a first runthrough and two into a second. Review code was provided by publisher Surprise Attack.
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csward

Is this the spiritual successor to Papers, Please?

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SaturatedButter

@csward: Papers, Please is a far better game.

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wswedin

I wish I could say I feel surprised by the maturity of the conversations going on here, by supposed "adults" and "kids" alike. If you really were an adult you wouldn't feel some need to prove that by calling people with unknown ages "kids" on the internet. If they really are a kid, are you going to feel superior "winning" against a kid? You are a grown adult, you shouldn't even have to compare yourself to a kid.

On another note I did find the series of reviews resulting a score of 8 to be completely normal. Sometimes you get a bundle of really bad games, sometimes you get a bunch of really good games... as we get closer to December there should be overall better games released, and overall higher scores. That is just because for AAA companies they tend to release their games around then, and although I like indies, most of the bad games result from indie companies. Steam store is a prime example of the sheer amount of bad indies that people invest into because "its indie" (which some reason translates into revolutionary or something).

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Itzsfo0

@wswedin: No its not revolutionary, indie is simply independant developers (and ironically funny that you say that) some of the best games I've played in recent years HAVE been indie platformers, or retro-inspired "indie" games. I personally dont (at age 36) really care about hype, or this vs that, or what another person thinks (I'll get to that shortly, this will be a fragmented multi-part post). But honestly, all debates & arguments aside, I really do agree with what Boogie/Francis the youtuber had to say about "bloated AAA open world games" and bloated prices in development (and games going into what one may call development hell) and high and higher and higher[er] expectations from these games, what we get is day 1 broken releases, and years before they are completely fixed w/ full DLC included at a reduced price...now please understand I love those same very games...and I really dont wanna be a cliche and be negative on a comments section, hell thats half the reason I'm posting to begin with. But I really do believe (and I can list about 30 titles if you really want me to) that are either indie, or retro-inspired which - while those two are not mutually exclusive - often-times they tend to be. Again some of the best games (in terms of challenge, soundtrack, immersion, and replay value) lately for me (the Rogue Legacys, LIMBO, Super Meat Boys, Braids, N+, Fez, Soundshapes, Ori & The Blind Forest, upcoming Rain World, Towerfall: Ascension, Spelunky, Starbound, Terraria, Don't Starve, Never Alone, Kerbal Space Program, Abzu, Flower, Aquaria, La Mulana, Shovel Knight, Inside, Hotline Miami 1 & 2, Undertale, Axiom Verge, Rust, Firewatch, Olli Olli 1&2, Cave Story, The Witness, Bind of Isaac: Rebirth, Gone Home, etc. (Some of these are retro, some are leaning towards art-oriented games, with a single task at hand, some are retro just plain retro-inspired, others retro-inspired/metroidvania indie games, or some are just platformers but non-indie). Art, indie, retro - seem to follow each other - and every one of those games (and about 15 others) I've enjoyed thoroughly - infact I'd say I'm being MORE let down by the AAA big-dawgs of the industry vs these little kickstarter funded indie-passion-projects. Simply b/c of that word: "passion". Something you don't see in The Division or (games of that ilk). Again I repeat, I am not bashing or being against mainstream gaming titles...plenty of them I love (I could list as many big games I've enjoyed over the years from Souls franchise, to ME, Witcher, and beyond). But I think its a mixed-bag, you seem to have this "well its all these damn retro indie or indie titles that are falling at the way-side and getting bad reviews, or giving a bad name to game development" really ? cause I see it the COMPLETE opposite. It seems to me every indie title are the ones getting 9/10 (and some may cry bad score, or paid-review) LOL though I don't know how you cry paid-review with a indie developer, thats sorta like saying if you have a court date and you have legal-aid, and complain your paying your lawyer too much. All in all though it does come to down to taste, so far be it for me to bash a game, or someone who doesn't like a game or DOES like a certain game. Ok now I'm starting to go in cirlces.

Now the other part is this - I whole-heartedly (after 30 years of gaming almost) agree with you, the negativity, the childish insults, the "oh 8 is the new mediocre" complaints, that well if you scroll down you will undoubtedly see. Heres the thing I'm learning, and I probably should of caught on sooner. Negativity/pessimism/cynicism = hipsters LOL. Literally, I hate using any trendy term (salty) (hipster) etc...but really it is, its COOL to be negative, no matter how good the game, how well it plays/runs/looks, how generic OR original the story (if there even is one) how good the graphics are on the consoles, or how natural the game looks - or how well its built - and loads of replay value...no matter what, a complete and total masterpiece could be released that would suit a wide range of gamers...and still you'd get 70% of comments leaning towards negativity....its just the way it is. Some of us older gamers we have this whole "remember when" nostalgia effect going on...I hate to be the one that sounds like the old geezer in a rocking chair out on the porch. But truth be told, it really was easier in 1992 when you had Nintendo Power or GamePro...and you just bought a game cause you liked the way it was described IN the preview / review section and you seemed to care less about the actual SCORE (4/5 star) and actually read the review, went out to your local EB or whatever and bought the game, then talked about it with friends @ school. I love modern gaming all the way, what tech has afforded us (online this, wi-fi that) lots of great things / pros to consider nowadays. I also love many AAA titles, racing/puzzle-sim/rpgs (and all the varying sub-genres like arpg, western/open world, jrpg, etc) - as well as platformers and a few other titles...but I've never dipped into 'trendy' or whats cool just for the sake of it. I've always danced to my own drummer...DONT play this game on the console 1 says in the comments (I do exactly that) cause...I want to...plain and simple, and I do...and it was a fine experience...and I'm left looking around like (birds chirping)...whats the big deal ? -

A few things about me..I never do day 1 anything, hell I barely do year 1. I'm always playing catch up so by the time I get to a game its been released for a long period...and is probably in some form of a "complete" or "legendary" edition with all DLC and updates/patches AT a reduced price. So I really don't care about day 1 or month 1 issues, cause they rarely ever concern me, and I'm not big into mod communities or online gaming in general (granted I've spent years on Blizzard titles....D2/D3, WoW, and a host of other games) but in general I've spent more time offline/single-player campaigns then I ever have online...but dont get me wrong I've done my fair share of online gaming...just not so dedicated...I have a perfectly fine connection...wifi and all that is needed just not a big thing for me, high-end headsets, dealing (again going back to this) with other peoples bs/opinions lol...it sorta ties into what we are discussing. So not big into online gaming (or only with select titles I am) - and not concerned with day 1 anything. Micro-transaction ? another thing that I've never personally been forced to encounter...so...eh another "no big deal" for me, so most of these "modern day gaming issues" just really dont bother me. Another thing ? pc vs console, or console vs console, pc wars, console wars, whatever, didnt matter to me 22 years ago, sure as hell doesn't matter now. Why ? because I just own them all, no I'm not rich - far from it...I just buy 1 device at a time...who doesn't have atleast 1 desktop/all-in-one, tablet/smartphone, and atleast 1 console ? - so why not go the next step, buy the "other" console, and 1 more handheld and hell you've basically got all the modern hardware...minus VR (which until theres a huge price-drop, more software, more updates, more options, and it really does become an industry standard I won't adopt to it) if you haven't already figured it out, I'm not an early-adopter of anything. I'm always the last to buy a 4K television, or buy a VR machine/device. Maybe in 2021 if it still holds (lol). I did however sell televisions for a few years, so I do like to have a fairly new, high-end/modern TV (so in that regard I break my own rule) I do like to keep up with hardware tech on the Television side of things...always have with just that specific category. But beyond that...I buy things long after release (hell I didn't get around to ES V: Skyrim until LAST year...pity too, if I had just waited 11 more months, I could of bought this years remastered PS4 version. I waited 3 years for a PS4, and now just bought a PS4 Pro, as usual - I'm more then satisfied...I have an ASUS all-in-one aIO ZPro (2016) performance all-in-one, nothing fancy but high-end enough to play most modern games at recommended settings. The above mentioned PS4 Pro, a 3-year old Wii U (32gb black system) purchased at a reduced/pre-owned price of $180 during a 2013 holiday sale. The last generation of X360 "E" slim (500gb) model. I've owned several 360s, but this was and is the last one, and have had it for several years now. Xbox live gold is inactive, but still use the system 32,600 lifetime gamerscore ..nothing speical - have had the XBL/Microsoft account since XBL inception 2005/2006-ish atleast when 7th gen launched. The New 3DS XL (black) - the above mentioned tablet (samsung galaxy 10.1 tab) and a smartphone...phone, tablet, PC, new 3ds xl, ps4 pro, x360...only thing missing is a VR device and Xbox One "S" - or any Xbox One device, I just feel GOW4/Halo5/Forza Horizon 3= 3 exclusives doesn't warrant a $399.99 2TB system purchase, cant say Ori & the Blind forest cause thats not an exclusive, and Sunset Overdrive or whatever that early-release exclusive was...was eh...played it - so for me really the XONE "S" just doesn't hold any water in terms of exclusive[s] (yet) and thats just personal preference. I may be interested in Scorpio (or whatever t he device is called upon launch) at some point down the road. For now, I have more then enough on my plate, plus my nephew who lives next door (and parents 2 streets down) have their own Wiis and PS Vitas (etc) - plenty of devices between 3 homes. So...for me its quite simple, 1) buy them all 2) enjoy the games you want to play 3) (and this one is the most important its what my entire run-on post has been leading up to) -----

IGNORE all comments section[s]. Something I didnt/couldnt do or didnt ever THINK about years ago. Up until recently when a much smarter friend of mine pointed out "with all the negativity, and cynical POV's out there online...youtube, facebook, gamespot - just any site, be it social media or a gaming site- just in general...its nothing but trolls and negativity...just for the sake of being cool or shock-value...why not just make your life simpler/easier and IGNORE them all ? literally - you can READ pro-reviews and stop at the pros/cons section at the bottom BEFORE the comments load section, you can watch a youtube video without scrolling down to comments...and in general I've been doing that for several years now I haven't made a single post in/on any website in god knows how many years...nor read others opinions, and guess what (gasp) I get along just fine, I still make educated purchases and enjoy the software/hardware I purchase just fine, if YOU listen to comments sections..you will think its doomsday to buy a game console that can barely run games at 1080p locked 30fps, if you listen to comments sections you will think NO 2016 televisions are worth the purcahse, if you listen to comments sections you will think all game suck, and 8th gen has been total shit, (so on and so on) you get the point...or you just ignore all comments, be happy - play the games you want (be it Candy Crush or Witcher 3) and just ignore everything else. You play games = your a gamer, QUITE simple...regardless of the hardware, the "omg wowzers I got a Nvidia GTX 1070, my mommy bought for Xmas for $599.99, and my super PC w/ liquid cooling and overclocked Intel 7th Gen I7-6700 X and 16gb RAM DDR5 , blah blah....cool neat - and in 2 years, you' will be upgrading...and maybe MAYBE you've played 4 games, but you know what ? thats cool glad you enjoy your expensive top of the line hardware, I just dont want the time/$ invested at this point...give me plug n play, I dont care if its the inferior version of a AAA title, I've played World of Warcraft just fine at 28 frames per second...and moved around just fine, a stutter there, stutter here, doesn't seem to bother me, inferior console ports of superior PC titles also doesn't bother me....microtransactions, day 1 broken releases can altogether be ignored OR patched/fixed and in due-time...with patience its no big deal...but in comes down to your opinion...your taste, nothing more its GAMING not a cure to cancer...its just a hobby, a passion for others, a career (for a few) and for most a passing hobby. As we get older, still have the passion/love for gaming...I just dont take the hardware side, or...honestly re-phrase I dont "GET" the debate, the arguments, the spec comparisons...the twitch gaming (watching gamer girls and paying for them to play a game in skimp clothes, or the youtube/twitter generation..>I still dont get this ? am I just getting older...I mean its not as If IM THAT old...christ, not even 40 yet...but I feel like nowadays ppl rank you/rate you based on how many "followers"you got....

LOL first time I knew I was getting older was when my nephew (12 years old) came home from school I watch him for my sister twice a week...and said "oh yea I dont have but a few friends on the playground but how many followers DO YOU have, how many subscribers do you have on YT" it was then I knew I was lost in a new world of drones, followers, subscribers, salty (whatever I still dont even really know the point to that word, I know the definition, just...doesnt make much sense in most convo's) so..and I;'m at a lost for words when it comes to watching entire "game walkthroughs" online...OH OH this game just came out, gotta watch GhostRobo on youtube play the entire game...72 videos later...and whats the point of buying that game now ? you dont seen all the cut-scenes, boss encounters, story...lol...so I really do LIMIT my exposure on the internet nowadays, I feel its a "thing" that needs to be treaded lightly....vs spending all the time I have (Free-time) on it...Check email, youtube for 5 minutes, and gamespot for a few, see if any new reviews popped up, then log off PC, and back to my consoles or handheld or ...tv or book... lol - I find my life is much easier that way...now your probably think "what a nut huge post like this he MUST care" yea enough to write this 1 post, I dont get to vent very often so my apologies I should of probably broken it up better - so its not just 1 giant run-on, I could never be a writer for obvious reasons. But I'm also not childish and I completely understand what your saying - my point ? lol yea I have one. Ignore all comments, disconnect your brain from this site...this "thing" - play the games you want, but dont point fingers about "AAA vs indie" cause I've found BOTH have pros/cons. AND ME personally just me, not speaking for anyone else - I've found MORE to love and like and crave lately with indie games then I have with the big AAA - highly anticipated released now when I say that, I am the most shocked (cause 2-3 years ago when I had not played any of those above-mentioned retro titles, I would of said screw that stupid retro stuff...did that back when it was new, nostalgia is a drug it keeps you remembering the good, but forgetting the bad/all the negative crap there was back then) so I am the MOST shocked that I'd ever say I'd prefer alot of the current retro / indie titles of recent over some of the bigger AAA games. I would be the last person (if you knew me well) that you'd ever think would make that statement, but as of late: I would. I've been disappointed by a few releases as of late (and again I am rarely disappointed, I'm fairly easy to please and you know the saying ignorance is bliss lol maybe thats exactly what it is) some can read all this and go "oh your just a sheep buying into anything" I'd argue quite the opposite...no I just am easy to please, so if I say something disappointed me, its for a real legit reason...and lately I've found more comfort in indie games then anything...one look at the beautiful pixelated art of the upcoming (now 6 years in development from 2 guys) "Rain World" and theres just (for me) no way I could ignore or not love its infectious play-style...it has yet to be proven upon release...but I have good vibes/feelings about the title, and usually where I have a good feeling about something...it really does end up doing well...lol listen to me sounding like a psychic or something...you know thats not what I mean. So in general, be it a AAA open world game from Rockstar, that everyone has on their favorites/most-wanted list - or some random $19.99 steam / PS4-released indie-platformer...I can enjoy them both, nobody - no comment, no debate, no argument, no run-on post on youtube will change that. And you just need to realize (you said it yourself you are NOT surprised at the level of maturity in these comments sections) I know I went way beyond that with my post, probably got a bit off-topic, but what I've said is related. The immaturity, arguing, trolls, negativity, cynicism...in general, we can atleast agree there.

If not for anything else. So just DISCONNECT (not literally) but you know, read a game review, make an educated decision...buy it or dont, watch a friend play for a few - see what you like...make the best informed decision you can, and enjoy your hobby...dont let maturity rates or (lack thereof) to frighten you off...I've learned (and I could of probably learned it quicker) just to ignore it all...it may seem like I dont ignore it, with this post...but trust me I am a 1 and done type guy...1 post, I leave and I don't come back to see who responds or what they say, I guess its easier to cope that way. Sorta like "they didnt say anything bad, if I didnt see a response" mentality. I have 99 responses on youtube page, and 28 in my inbox on here, probably rantings from other users, arguments, debates, more negativity but why should I Care ? I've gamed for 3 decades almost, and have enjoyed the vast majority of it, some great memories - I have friends/family & other hobbies...but gaming is one of my longest and most enjoyable...and still to this day it remains so. I find that with my real-life/offline closest friends & wife - its easy to game with them, talk games with them...cause we are on the same page and think so alike. I come on here, its the opposite, just negativity and immaturity, so...easy fix - ignore it all. DONT even read, make your post, and move on. People will read it, some will laugh, others wont even care, some may even post a response...but, in the end, doesn't change the games score now does it, or the price on the shelf at the store now does it ? FF XV got a 8...OH (it seems as if the world is going to collapse) thats how literally some people made it sound...and arguments, or YOUR STUPID and pathetic and what is wrong with you if you bought this game, are you OFF the hype-train yet? (those kinds of comments) I just shake my head like....kids....just kids....19 year old basement-dwellers ranting about a game they dont like...my question to them is this: why are you spending all your time RANTING about a game you don't like...why even visit the page/post/review if you already basically know what its about, and how it operates/plays....move on. I see alot of that, this post is a bit different (I type fast, so really it didnt take nearly as much time as you may think it did) a few minutes late at night before I lay down no big deal. But I see some people on youtube - theres the 'original poster' then 87 responses and its the same 2-3 guys going back and fowarth for 3 months and its all over a Dark Souls 3 review..and hype this, shit that, idiot/sheep this, I sit and read a few of them (breaking my own rule) like...tssk...now I know why I avoided comments for the longest time, sometimes you just wanna read what ppl think though, and I break my own rule and then I realize yup (closes page) same old shit, never changes...what did I expect to find ? positivity ? GOD that would be too much to ask. When did gaming no wait...rephrase when did ONLINE comments sections/social media WITHIN gaming culture become so toxic ? its not the games OR the dev's, its the gamer[s] ON here. It really is that immature/toxic. (a blend of both). You just gotta get past that - lol anyway hope your eyes arent hurting too badly apologies once again for the long run on. Good day.

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RZSampson

I can't wait to read this post when it is published as a graphic novel.

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wswedin

@Itzsfo0: I read about half then my eyes started to bleed but I agree with most of what you say. On steam store the fact is there is lots and lots of indies (a large portion are free-to-play) and I have tried many and they usually fall short. I know there are good indies but from my perspective they have less to be accountable for so they tend to vary drastically. Some are passionate as stated in your post and make great games, but many are only in for the money they hope to make with the "indie-craze".

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Arkhalipso

@Itzsfo0: I can't believe I have to use this: TL;DR. I would have read it if you hadn't used so many ellipsis, lols and parentheses.

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bobbo888

@Itzsfo0: longest post on gamespot ever. not reading. not important enough

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VooDooPC

@Itzsfo0: I would think someone willing to type so much would have better grammar. Why do you have so many dashes, slashes, and ellipsis?

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Azernus

@Itzsfo0: tldr, thank god for scroll wheels.

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Robertron9000

@Azernus: lol

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mdinger

@Itzsfo0: TL;DR.

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Smosh150

@Itzsfo0: I think you should get an award for this post. Never have I seen a post this long on Gamespot, hell I don't often see post this long on really informed discussion talking about something technical.

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KaptenHaddock

@Itzsfo0: Holy shit, this is probably the longest post of all time.

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Domiddian

I can see this being quite immersive in the same way that Papers, Please was.

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SaturatedButter

I've only played the first 2 episodes. Game was incredibly linear. Felt like I was just going through the motions, just doing what the game wanted me to do. It was pretty boring but the idea of what the game is supposed to be is intriguing.

Also, the writing is really contrived. Nothing people say seems natural.

Go play the demo. It's the first episode available for free. You'll see what I mean.

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Hodax

8 of the last ten games have been rated 8.

Its official: 8 is the new mediocre.

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LTJohnnyRico

@Hodax: Only kids work on or need scores so for most of us it really doesn't matter .. If kids are not going to read a review and just look at the score then that's their problem !! if you read the review the Game sounds interesting .. so not sure where you got mediocre from !

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naryanrobinson

@Hodax:

Either that or, you know, eight of the last ten games have deserved an 8.

I know this tiny indie dev must have paid them off big time.

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Hodax

@naryanrobinson: Who said anything about paid off? On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd just expect some scoring diversity. If everything is great, then nothing is.

Make gamespot eight again.

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eLite0101

@Hodax: Diversity? Are you a campus woman? Because that would be scoring based on feeling rather than critics: "We *feel* there are too many 8's, lets give something 6 for diversity sake.." - LOL

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naryanrobinson

@Hodax: “If everything is great, then nothing is.”

And if everyone has food, we'll all die of starvation.

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Hodax

@naryanrobinson: That's not even in the same order of thinking. But keep trying.

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naryanrobinson

@Hodax: No that's exactly what you're saying. As long as things are similar, they are worthless. Your attempts to understand relative scales are frankly embarrassing.

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LTJohnnyRico

@naryanrobinson: Indeed, I fear however "that one" has somewhat missed the point !!

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Hodax

@naryanrobinson: If everything were labeled "great", then "great" loses its meaning. There is no longer value because there is no longer a scale from which to judge value. Everything is great. Everything is homogeneous. Everything is the same.

And using your example, how does food have value if everyone has it? We'd scarcely know it was there. It would be like air. Taken for granted. Only when we suffocate do we realize air is good. Is this sinking in?

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LTJohnnyRico

@Hodax: I think you are just over thinking things !! Read the content of the reviews let the kids worry about scores !!

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Hodax

@ltjohnnyrico: Oh, I agree. We could very easily do away with the score entirely.

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naryanrobinson

@ltjohnnyrico: No point trying to explain to this guy that not everything is relative. He's either too arrogant or too stupid. I think it's the former.

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Hodax

@naryanrobinson: Ah, yes. Attack the opponent and not the argument. Classic, Mr. Trump. Classic.

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naryanrobinson

@Hodax: I already destroyed the argument. It's not my fault if you're the only one on this forum too stupid to realise it or arrogant to admit it. But I've wasted enough time on wannabe intellectuals for one night. You can even have the last word if you like, it's obviously what you live for. Goodnight.

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Hodax

@naryanrobinson: Declare victory where there is none and run away. Fantastic. We'll make a president out of you yet.

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calvinsora

@Hodax: Not everything is getting an eight, just the majority of the last 10 games. Those games simply deserve an 8 according to the reviewers, it's utter chance. An 8 is only devalued if "average" games were given an eight, which doesn't apply in this equation. You're making generalizations without factoring in the context.

If you were to for instance take most of the games I've played this year, my average score for those games would be high because I usually only buy games I know I'll definitely like. Looking only at my scores, you may come to the same conclusion you came to regarding GS's scoring. However, you have to look at the context.

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LTJohnnyRico

@naryanrobinson: I think its an unhealthy combination of the two !

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timthegem

An 8? Wow, didn't see that one coming, Eightspot. Haha we love games that crash!

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Smosh150

Looks great, love games like this. Kind of gives me that Uplink vibe despite what is really being done differently in the two games.

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Externalpower43

A surfing the web simulator?

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  • First Released Oct 27, 2016
    released
    • Linux
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    7.8
    Average Rating17 Rating(s)
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    Developed by:
    Osmotic Studios
    Published by:
    Surprise Attack
    Genre(s):
    Adventure