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  • Summary: Syberia is a pure adventure game, where the player will discover a magical world of automatons and meet amazing and intriguing characters in 4 mysterious and incredibly beautiful, realistic and detailed European environments. Syberia is a 3rd person perspective single-player, adventure gameSyberia is a pure adventure game, where the player will discover a magical world of automatons and meet amazing and intriguing characters in 4 mysterious and incredibly beautiful, realistic and detailed European environments. Syberia is a 3rd person perspective single-player, adventure game using unequalled graphics with 3D characters, with a rich and evolving storyline and a cast of very intriguing and interesting characters. Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. It is really hard for a run-of-the-mill writer like me to do justice to Syberia in describing it. Ultimately all I can tell you is this: Play it yourself! It is not likely you will be disappointed.
  2. Aside from a few little rough spots, Syberia is an adventure-game tour de force, with an engrossing story, a truly imaginative gameworld, and stunning visuals.
  3. 90
    The setting is rich, the characters are captivating, the interface is clean and easy to use, and the puzzles are just obtuse enough to be challenging, not frustrating.
  4. A slower-paced, puzzle-based game without any combat. But for those who'd rather use their brains instead of brawn, it's a solid pick.
  5. Game play wise, it seems to be missing a basic function of the Adventure genre: The description of objects.
  6. Features an interesting story and great atmosphere, but its gaming aspects fall a little short.
  7. Overall, the game puzzles are too easy, which makes the game boring at times.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. PaulW.
    Apr 29, 2003
    10
    Very good game.
  2. ItaiS.
    Oct 20, 2005
    10
    Best adventure game I've set my eyes on!
  3. Mar 30, 2013
    10
    Syberia is a pure adventure game. Story of syberia takes place as you might guess by the name of the game, in a frozen town where people lifeSyberia is a pure adventure game. Story of syberia takes place as you might guess by the name of the game, in a frozen town where people life was handled by robotic people and you have come to buy the company and regain its reputation agian after the death of its owner. But sounds like the owner's brother is still alive where you do not know and it brings you to a breath taking and beautiful adventure where you will discover the life of this people, their culture through out a nice written story and awesome art direction. Syberia has quiet challenging puzzle through out the game and it might take you a while to figure out the solutions but they are that much interesting and nicely put together that makes you never bored of it. Story is just awesome and really unforgeable. Graphics are pre-rendered environments but the art directions is somehow awesome job. Overall Syberia is an unforgettable game. Expand
  4. Jan 27, 2017
    9
    Syberia is an amazing adventure game, and one that you should play if you're a fan of the genre. I picked this up on sale for $3, and I haveSyberia is an amazing adventure game, and one that you should play if you're a fan of the genre. I picked this up on sale for $3, and I have to say that this game is worth more than that; my 19 hours spent playing it had been one of the best experiences that I've had in gaming. The story is great, and it really caught my attention from the beginning, keeping me glued to my seat just to see what happens next. There's an absolute charm to be found in Syberia, and the attention to detail in regards to the cast's dialogue and personalities made the game stand out.

    The story follows Kate Walker: an American lawyer who was sent by her firm to the French town of Valadilene to settle a huge deal. She was tasked with obtaining the signature of one Anna Voralberg in order to complete an American company's takeover of the once renowned Voralberg factory: makers of world-class automatons. The problem is, Anna Voralberg has been dead for a couple of days before Kate arrived and she is now forced to stay and find a supposed heir, leading her to a quest to find a man known as Hans Voralberg.

    Syberia is quite simple in terms of gameplay. It's your standard point-and-click with puzzle solving and detective elements; it has nothing groundbreaking to offer and its main draw lies in its simplicity. Unlike its peers, the game is pretty straightforward, and you won't get lost and have problems on where to go next or what puzzles to solve, despite having some very expansive areas. Difficulty-wise, the puzzles range from mundane to having the right amount of challenge, and since the game incorporates elements of steampunk, expect some weird and cooky contraptions to tinker with. The protagonist even has a satellite phone which she uses a number of times to talk to her relatives back home, and gain information that she couldn't access in a remote place. The phone is her only link to the outside world and it's interesting to see that she uses it less and less as the player progresses, since she becomes more independent and more curious. Throughout the levels, there are optional documents which can be discovered, that provide detailed insights on the world and its inhabitants. Some contain clues on how puzzles can be solved and most of them are just great reads that flesh out the story. My only gripe with the game is that backtracking is so excessive. Puzzles that could have been solved by player intuition is held back by dialogue checks and the need to show puzzle pieces bit by bit because of story reasons. There's even a section in the game where you have to go back and forth between two characters that are a minute away - in real time - from each other for at least 3 times, because one is too secretive and you have to persuade the other to spill the beans. Just a minor gripe and you'll get used to it somehow, but I hope that I'll never tread the same path again in the sequel.

    And there you have it.
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  5. ShawnH.
    May 18, 2005
    8
    This is an entertaining game with beautiful graphics. Game locations are varied and creative. Sound effects are appropriate and realistic. This is an entertaining game with beautiful graphics. Game locations are varied and creative. Sound effects are appropriate and realistic. Story is told through interactions with others and through the use of cutscenes. The cutscenes are nicely done. I have been stumped a couple of times while playing the game and needed help from a walkthru, but for the most part, gameplay and puzzles are well balanced. Expand
  6. Jan 3, 2014
    8
    I can't believe I didn't hear more about this game before I decided to play it. It really deserves to be a well known classic, alongside TheI can't believe I didn't hear more about this game before I decided to play it. It really deserves to be a well known classic, alongside The Longest Journey.

    The world of Syberia is similar to ours, but slightly different, in its possessing intricate automaton inventions. While Kate Walker's journey takes her to different and fascinating locations, the plot is not exactly epic. There are many things to admire in this game, such as the details in the character and background animations, the absolutely gorgeous environments, and the creativity. You can definitely feel the love and effort the creators put into the game. It's hard for me to describe one of the best things that Syberia does well... but I'm going to try: the world it creates is not exactly exciting, but rather relaxing in its wonderment. The atmosphere is calming and whimsical. There are no death screens, no way for you to mess up or have to start over. Just you exploring. Although it might not be big on action, Syberia definitely has a lot to say. Throughout the narrative as Kate changes, the game tells both her and you that you are capable of much more than you think. The game will move you at parts, if you let it.

    Keep in mind there is a sequel to this game, so some issues are left unresolved, but I feel that even without a sequel, the themes and character arcs of this story work well, even standing alone.

    A few things that detract from the game are the inability to make Kate move faster during some animations like walking up stairs which make backtracking irritating, some difficult puzzles that you might need a walkthrough for, and interactive items that are sometimes easy to miss.

    However, these things ultimately do not take away from how much the world will enthrall you, and how much you won't want to leave when the story ends. Pick up this game if you're looking for a calming adventure to help you unwind.
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  7. Jan 12, 2017
    1
    Jeu d'aventure classique "je pointe et je clique" graphiquement correct et doté d'une bonne VF. L'histoire est bizarre dans un universJeu d'aventure classique "je pointe et je clique" graphiquement correct et doté d'une bonne VF. L'histoire est bizarre dans un univers bizarroïde avec des automates, des clefs étranges et des engrenages. Reste à savoir où mettre les clefs et les engrenages puisque rien ne va avec rien : les piles auvergnates ne rentrent pas dans les robots bretons et l'interface minimaliste est peu loquace. Avant de me faire un noeud au cerveau avec ce fatras illogique kafkaïen, j'appuie sur eject (ça c'est simple) et j'envois cet étron au recyclage avec les autres pseudo-jeux de son espèce. Et je tire la chasse bien sûr. Expand

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