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The Bosinator Nov 28, 2012 @ 12:52am
Is the game good?
I've been thinking about buying it, but I'm not really sure. I think it could be a game I would really like, but I also think the steam screenshots could mislead me to hink I would like it. So therefore I want to hear some outside voices, telling me it's either worth 8.99 euro, or that I should go look for some other game. And keep in mind that 9 euro might not be so much for some people for a game, but I work part time and can only affors so much.
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Anderson Nov 28, 2012 @ 8:22am 
Yes it is. But it has a lot of symbolism, it's like a big metaphor, an allegory. Think of it as a poem rather then what you're used for a game to be. And yet it has survival, pshycological horror, some action, strategy, tactics and even economy. Definetelely worth it if you want something new.
Cewrin Nov 29, 2012 @ 10:21am 
The (minimal) plot, characters and setting are all interwoven with the game mechanics which I felt gives some real weight to your actions. It's quite possible to play yourself into a corner and be unable to continue without reloading an older save and it is also possible to be so wasteful with your resources that entire areas become ravaged to the point of destruction. Contrary to the norm, while in specific areas there is little sense of urgency, even during boss battles, whereas while on the world map you have limited time and need to rush about protecting your investments.

It is bizarre and the characters frequently tell you contradictory information and all have reasons to lie to you. The game drops you in with very little explanation. Part of the fun for me was in figuring out what the hell was actually going on, though it is too surreal and/or frustrating for some people's tastes.

If you're not sure, I'd say wait for another sale. I have seen a lot of people praising it as one of their favourite games, but even more people that never played more than a few minutes of it.
Слепой Nov 29, 2012 @ 12:07pm 
Its really unusual game. Colors, brohers, world around you... But i was enjoying when I was playing it. So my recomendation is to buy it. Of course only if you like unusual games. Its hard to complete in proper way, by the way.
Garfflesnark Dec 12, 2012 @ 1:30am 
We're practically days away from Steam's Winter Sale - this is probably the best time to watch for The Void going for cheap, which is probably the best way to check out this very unique gem of a game.

From the other posts I've made on this Game Hub, people know how much I love this game. It's probably the best $5 I've ever spent. I've clocked over 100 hours, gotten all the endings (yes, I even ascended Sister Death), and I'm fairly certain I still have several dozen hours of playability left in this thing - I still want to fiddle with battle strategies, better color cultivation, and I simply love the creativity boost I get from looking at all the imaginitive realms.

This is one of the rare games out there that manifests a world that forces you to stick to its mechanics, all the way through. You must follow the rules of the world to beat it - after YOU figure them out, of course. In that way, the game has a brutal level of difficulty. If you're easily frustrated by games, don't like games that refuse to give you all the information you need to beat it right off the bat (and in the case of The Void, outright lie to you), or you dislike games that don't have a clear rule setup (as in, this is obviously a shooter so I need to shoot things and gather ammo, this is obviously an RPG so I must level my character and my abilities, this is obviously an adventure game so I need to gather items and rub them on everything) - this is not a game for you.

If you're a 'twitching for your attack force every three seconds' gamer? You probably won't like it.
If you're a 'must be shooting things and swearing always' gamer? You probably won't like it.
If you're a 'can only play games that involve objects and finding them' gamer? You probably won't like it.

However; if you want to experience something very different (and you will experience something very different with this game), take a chance and pick it up as cheap as you can get it, or ask someone to get it for you. If you love it? Make up for how cheap you got it by buying copies for your friends. If you don't? Then you'll just be out the lowest possible cost for the game at the time. :)
steelwars101 Dec 19, 2012 @ 9:44pm 
I've got 12 hrs. played but I've only scratched the surface of what it offers because I keep dying by running out of color and, once you die it's start over time.
I can't tell you how many times I've had to start over but it's been a lot. A whole lot!
But even so It's been fun in a surreal, tripped out kind of way and I’ll keep on restarting and trying again until I’ve finished it because this game is old school kick you in the but
get good at it and win or run away crying because you suck hard.

I love it!

Edit to say: In my opinion this game is well worth the price. You won't breeze through it in just a couple of hours and it's not really like anything this else that I've ever played as far as game mechanics and it's unique concept and storyline goes.
If you love a challenge you’ll like this game. If you like games that are out of the ordinary in a good way then I think you’ll like this game.
Last edited by steelwars101; Dec 19, 2012 @ 9:51pm
Garfflesnark Dec 24, 2012 @ 10:57pm 
If you've still put off purchasing The Void, it's $2.50 until January 5th.

That's even cheaper than a large Tim Horton's coffee. And that's cheap!
grumbel Dec 25, 2012 @ 2:05am 
This game is in equal parts the best and worst game I ever played. The core gameplay is what I would call fundamentally broken, as while the basic mechanics are sound and fun (you collect stuff, use it to grow more stuff, fight some enemies and bosses with gesture based magic, etc.), it gives almost no feedback when you do something wrong. This means you can play the game for five hours and then suddenly die because you run out of colors and that's something you can't correct, it means you have to essentially start over from the beginning. There are lots of little details that the game only vaguely tells you about, but that will completely ruin you in the long run if you miss them (having certain colors in your inventory will drastically increase how much you can harvest, etc.). None of the mechanics are super complicated, but without feedback you will almost certainly completely screw up on your first and even your second try and waste counterless hours.

The good news is that there is an easy-patch and there is a debug console you can use to cheat. Walkthroughs also help a lot in explaining the mechanics. So it can be played just fine even if you don't like spending hours figuring out mechanics and restarting from scratch.

And as for the rest of the game, it's easily one of the most beautiful games I have ever seen. The whole atmosphere is fantastic and unlikely anything you will find in other games. If you want a game that has a lasting impact, this is it, not since Shadow of the Colossus, have I played a game that left that much of a lasting impression on me.

For $2.50 it's an absolute steal and an absolute must have for any gamer. It takes around 25h to complete.
Last edited by grumbel; Dec 25, 2012 @ 2:06am
h4 Dec 25, 2012 @ 1:44pm 
I think this is a great game but it is so depressing. So it has incredible atmosphere & immersion. Definitely worth picking up for something different and psychologically challenging. Not worth picking up if you just want to have a good time and action.
Fama Dec 25, 2012 @ 6:32pm 
I dont mind if it's not fun. Games don't need to be fun to be amazing. This looks more like a unique experience. I'm looking forward to playing it.
Ecaobia Dec 29, 2012 @ 11:47am 
The void has become my favorite game of all time simply because of the way in which it tests the player. Also, in terms of what makes it unique, the game discusses an interesting subject: What is the biology of a soul?
Cyan Burst Dec 30, 2012 @ 3:37pm 
It's tough. It's unforgiving. It WILL make you go back and load an old save or three.

But, yeah, it's good.
j.w.yergan Jan 2, 2013 @ 3:02am 
Kind of reminds me of a constant FEAR sequence or something I'd see in Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. About that whole thing about playing for hours and realizing you've screwed yourself, I do that constantly with S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. The last 3 areas of that game are all in one straight shot, so if you don't take a multitude of weapons, health kits, and anti-radiation are quite screwed.
Grim0013 Jan 11, 2013 @ 5:54pm 
The Void is...beautiful, different, ugly, deceptive, surreal, manipulative...I could spend an hour just coming up with adjectives, since almost anything you can think of is in some way, small or great, applicable. To the point though, yes, I believe that EVERYONE should play this game. Not everyone will enjoy it, but if you do enjoy it, it is so amazing that it is well worth the risk. Some have derided the game for misdirecting the player, and the like, but that is part of the experience. I love how the early game teaches explicit teaches you HOW to do things, but leaves it to you to figure out if and when you should. The best hint to minimize the "save often and reload....often" learning curve the game has that I can give anyone without spoiling the game for them is this: early on, pay attention to the cost and benefit for EVERY action; later on you will need to apply that knowledge to every action you take. Even looking at the map has a cost...
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