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1-800-GET-REKT May 21, 2013 @ 3:00am
Don't buy this, not even on sale. REVIEW
*These are all my personal opinions based on a full playthrough of this game, I'm not trying to just hate on this game for the sake of hating on it, but giving my solid opinion based on 18+ years of gaming*

I get that this is an "artistic" project, and I definitely need to give credit to the people who made it for making what they wanted, however, this "game" just isn't worth "playing".

1. This isn't really a game, it's more of an artistic story. It should have just been a video on youtube.

2. The pace is EXTREMELY slow, you have to walk at a snails pace, and you come to a lot of dead ends and have to walk back. You can change the speed you run with the console, but still...

3. The story goes nowhere really. Well... it does... but it's just not that great anyway.

4. All you do in this "game" is hold down W, and hold Q at one point in the playthrough.

5. I'll admit that I'm not an "art guy" but the whole presentation just seemed pretentious, especially the ending which is just a blank screen with ocean noises. I felt like saying "Oh wow... that's soooooo artistic" *sarcasm*

6. The whole time you "play" this you're thinking "oh god when will this just end"

Really, this "game" would have worked better as a youtube video or possibly a short film. I don't see why this got good reviews, I understand that it's original and something new, but that doesn't mean it's good. I personally didn't like the "story" but I could see that and perhaps the graphics in the cave area as its only positive factors.

All in all, this isn't really even worth the 1.00 - 1.50 that it goes for on sale and DEFINITELY not the $9.99 on Steam. You might be tempted to buy it, but really, just don't. I'm not hating on it just because I'm a "COD kid" or whatever you want to say, but just because it isn't a good "game".

tl;dr: This game isn't worth the cost of $1.50 or the cost of the hour or so you'll spend "playing" this "game"
Last edited by 1-800-GET-REKT; May 21, 2013 @ 3:07am
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callash May 21, 2013 @ 4:26pm 
Originally posted by Choplol:
I don't see why this got good reviews
I think that is pretty much the only true statement in the entire post.
Rogue Ranger May 21, 2013 @ 6:49pm 
i have a feeling, you didnt understand the story, or even try too take a guess at what it meant. and you said you explore places that lead you to dead ends, but what is actually happening is more of the story unfolds when you go to these places.
Last edited by Rogue Ranger; May 21, 2013 @ 6:49pm
1-800-GET-REKT May 21, 2013 @ 6:53pm 
No, I understood it perfectly fine, it just wasn't worth playing or paying money for.
TGR May 22, 2013 @ 5:58am 
> solid opinion based on 18+ years of gaming

1-800-GET-REKT May 22, 2013 @ 4:59pm 
Originally posted by tgr:
> solid opinion based on 18+ years of gaming
It's more like 22 years. I just threw 18 years up there and realized that was way off when I posted it.
Last edited by 1-800-GET-REKT; May 22, 2013 @ 4:59pm
Gus the Crocodile May 23, 2013 @ 5:24am 
If you want to sound like you have intelligent criticism of art, try not to use "artistic" as the kind of adjective you're using it as. Everything is artistic.
rad87gn May 23, 2013 @ 2:10pm 
I've spent 52 hours on it. I love the graphics, sound, music, and atmosphere. I enjoy hanging by the ocean. I use it as a get away place to relax sometimes. I've gamed for 29 years. So what? Nobody cares. LOL! People play what they enjoy. Some hate things others don't. That's why we were made to be individuals and have a brain to make our own decisions.
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Armchair General May 23, 2013 @ 2:27pm 
I can't really play the game more than once. I'll admit its not something I recommend buying, and kind of preffered seeing a let's play on youtube.
1-800-GET-REKT May 23, 2013 @ 6:57pm 
Originally posted by rad87gn:
I've spent 52 hours on it. I love the graphics, sound, music, and atmosphere. I enjoy hanging by the ocean. I use it as a get away place to relax sometimes. I've gamed for 29 years. So what? Nobody cares. LOL! People play what they enjoy. Some hate things others don't. That's why we were made to be individuals and have a brain to make our own decisions.
That's why I said this is just my opinion. If you didn't care you wouldn't have replied.
sreamer17ydr May 24, 2013 @ 6:51am 
I love this game. I bought it and the soundtrack for $15. I love it. The artistic feel is amazing, the art direction and visuals are fantastic. Level 3 and 4 are my favorite levels (Caves and Aerial), the nighttime level last one, makes me sad because of the music and the overall feel.

I love the writing style of the game as well, I have put forth 10 hours of gameplay into this title, so far, I replay it all the time. I love the story, art, audio, the whole thing. I burned the soundtrack to a CD and play it at home all the time, during cooking, writing, reading, meditating, w/e. I love everything about this game!
asaggynoodle May 24, 2013 @ 9:23am 
Obviously you have No idea what art is. This game is a masterpiece. Go back to COD.
Rogue Ranger May 24, 2013 @ 9:49am 
Originally posted by Asaggynoodle:
Obviously you have No idea what art is. This game is a masterpiece. Go back to COD.
Well said.
A Lone Gunman May 24, 2013 @ 10:06am 
I enjoyed the story and atmosphere but I would have hoped for some more replayability as this is sold as a "game". It wouldn't have taken much, just some alternate scenes or achivements to warrant a couple of plays considering it's such a short story anyway. I'm glad I only paid £1.50 for it as it would have been even more of a disappointment when the game was over so quickly if I had paid anymore than that.
LongKnight May 24, 2013 @ 4:48pm 
you dont even get a freaking sword!
1-800-GET-REKT May 24, 2013 @ 7:11pm 
Originally posted by Asaggynoodle:
Obviously you have No idea what art is. This game is a masterpiece. Go back to COD.
I don't play COD. Also, could you give a more hipster answer? Like I said, I understood the game and understood the art. I just didn't like it. Not liking something doesn't mean you don't "get it".
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