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  • Summary: The Beginner's Guide is a narrative video game from Davey Wreden, the creator of The Stanley Parable. It lasts about an hour and a half and has no traditional mechanics, no goals or objectives. Instead, it tells the story of a person struggling to deal with something they do not understand.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. Oct 8, 2015
    100
    Few game developers have ever ventured such an open-hearted project about human frailty – and knocked it out of orbit.
  2. Oct 1, 2015
    90
    I cant recommend this game enough simply for the experience of a totally unique game unrivalled in the games from the past, present and future. A must buy for those wanting an emotional connection to the developers themselves.
  3. Oct 12, 2015
    87
    The true challenge of The Beginner’s Guide is understanding it in its entirety.
  4. Oct 1, 2015
    80
    The Beginner's Guide addresses a lot of heavy issues in its 90-minute journey: Depression, loneliness, self-doubt, and the need for validation are but a few of the topics touched upon. Despite the inherent veil of fiction, Wreden's narration is well-written and feels honest.
  5. Oct 11, 2015
    80
    It’s easy to have mixed thoughts about The Beginner’s Guide, but as a game that aims to make you think, it does accomplish this goal.
  6. Oct 26, 2015
    70
    This is a nice way to tell an interactive story, and even though not everyone will grow fond of it, it's worth a try.
  7. Oct 4, 2015
    20
    It sensationalizes the concepts of the misunderstood creator and the misguided audience and begs pity from the latter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 69
  2. Negative: 19 out of 69
  1. Oct 5, 2017
    10
    As someone who's played a lot of games, I really loved this opportunity to see into the mind of an actual game developer and understand someAs someone who's played a lot of games, I really loved this opportunity to see into the mind of an actual game developer and understand some of the pressures that they feel. I absolutely adore the way that this game was presented - it really highlights the benefits of video games as a medium for interactive storytelling. Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2016
    10
    Listen, I'm tired of the same old things in videogames: shooting, running, do this do that. To an extent, The Stanley Parable is a veryListen, I'm tired of the same old things in videogames: shooting, running, do this do that. To an extent, The Stanley Parable is a very experimental game that tries to tell a story through unconventional means. I said "to an extent", because The Beginner's Guide is so much more experiemental, new, unconventional, and just that much more brilliant. So if you want to try something, mature, and groundbreaking in video games, if you believe video games, aside from their animations and aesthetic, can be considered as Art, than this this may be for you.

    As for what the game really is: You play through a series of levels as a very emotional story unfolds. Those levels can, and often are, simply walking from one end of a room to another. However, the artistry is hard to ignore, and the excellent narration makes them even more thrilling.

    If you want a game to paralyze you in deep thought for hours after completion, this is for you.
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  3. Oct 3, 2015
    10
    So finally it's here. The next game from the Stanley Parable developer. I really loved Stanley Parable so I was very excited about this one.So finally it's here. The next game from the Stanley Parable developer. I really loved Stanley Parable so I was very excited about this one. First of all I am a game developer by myself, so the idea of making a game about a game dev is cool to me. I personally think the story of the game is great and it's true that you don't have to do anything by yourself but to me that's no problem. The only problem of the game is: you have to like it. And this is not a game like any other game, so you can't say "I like game xy so I will like this one too". You just have to try it by yourself. No rating on this site will help you. I read some of the bad reviews they all say "save your money". But you shouldn't. Whether you like the game in the end or not in my opinion it's worth a try.
    And to all who say, people who like this game will say this game is misunderstood: no it isn't it's just not for you!
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  4. Mar 19, 2018
    8
    This game is heavy on narrative, it requires the audience to be paying attention and to think, most people will find it boring if they expectThis game is heavy on narrative, it requires the audience to be paying attention and to think, most people will find it boring if they expect humour, mechanics and action. It is short and not worth the money in my opinion, so why did I rank it so high? Because if you get it for a cheap price this game will pull you in and hook you for the whole hour and a half it offers. Expand
  5. Feb 26, 2016
    7
    Mas que un juego es una experiencia. No hay objetivos ni reglas. Solo dejarse guiar por los comentarios del narrador a lo largo de la hora yMas que un juego es una experiencia. No hay objetivos ni reglas. Solo dejarse guiar por los comentarios del narrador a lo largo de la hora y media dos horas que dura. Expand
  6. Oct 1, 2015
    3
    What a waste of $8 (and this is the on-sale price!) and time out of my life. The game is worse than the trash games within the game.

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    What a waste of $8 (and this is the on-sale price!) and time out of my life. The game is worse than the trash games within the game.

    Here's what the game is: Davey Wreden, creator of The Stanley Parable, makes you walk through a bunch of garbage, throw-away games one of his friends supposedly made with the Source engine while he pretentiously overanalyzes everything in them. His friend never published these games because they are, in fact, trash, throw-away "games" he made using the Source engine.

    No Davey, there aren't boxes in the sky of your friend's garbage Couter-Strike map because they are supposed to represent the fragmentation of his metaphysical superego. They're there because he was just messing around with the editor and randomly put ridiculous objects all over the place.

    And no Davey, the games aren't unfinishable because they represent the inconquerability of life. They're unfinishable because they're garbage, throw-away works he didn't care to finish or never got around to finishing.

    Makes me question if The Stanley Parable was even as good of a game as I thought it was.
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  7. Aug 28, 2016
    0
    This is not a video game. It is, as it is frequently called, a walking simulator. There is no actual gameplay here – it is just a story,This is not a video game. It is, as it is frequently called, a walking simulator. There is no actual gameplay here – it is just a story, mostly told via voice-over, accompanied by (often not very good) graphics as you walk through it.

    And unfortunately, it isn’t a very well-written or interesting story. It is just a thing which happened between two people.

    It commits the cardinal sin of being boring, and at an hour and a half long, it is nowhere near as interesting or consequential as a movie of the same length would be.

    There’s nothing of value here. It is nothing like The Stanley Parable. It is just an empty, boring experience which will steal your time and never give it back.
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