• Publisher: 1C
  • Release Date: Jun 1, 2007

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 12 out of 14
  1. That feeling of mild disappointment is a good way to sum up You Are Empty. It feels a little behind the times and doesn’t fully deliver in every respect, but it’s still fun from start to finish.
  2. Any fan of the genre has already been here and done this before — probably 2-3 years ago. While the visual and aural facets of YAE are generally solid, its gameplay is not all that entertaining, and there are plenty of other titles in the genre that can offer a more entertaining and diversified gaming experience.
  3. Man, what a stinker. [Nov 2007, p.114]
  4. It's hard for me to completely hate You Are Empty, but then again I'm a sucker for those really bad horror movies the Sci Fi Channel churns out on a weekly basis.
  5. The glass isn't 'half empty,' it isn't even 'not full.' It's a soundless, hateful asphyxiating void. [Oct 2007, p.74]
  6. You Are Empty fails to really bring anything new to the table, but it does bring a unique setting and a creepy atmosphere. Where it falls flat, however, is the most important part of any game: its gameplay and its ability to be replayed.
  7. The stylish storytelling and the possibilities posed by the setting can't hide the embarrassing localization, the unexciting fetch-the-key gameplay that most every other FPS has moved beyond, and issues with the graphics that might have you reaching for the nearest bottle of pain relievers and asking what happened to quality testing.
  8. 40
    Unfortunately, the graphics just aren't up to snuff, the character models, aside from being horrendous, repeat often and your character moves with all the zip of a drugged elephant.
  9. Why am I empty, then? Perhaps because this crass, banal, unchallenging belch of a first person shooter has left me that way, groaning and giggling like a mental patient. [Nov 2007, p.72]
  10. Be warned...You Are Empty isn't so much a title as a disclaimer. [Mar 2008, p.74]
  11. You Are Empty is four years too late.
  12. 30
    Bereft of any sort of challenging AI and sporting a handful of weapons that all seem to have been dredged from some imaginary WWII shooter from the eighties, this game is the kind of thing you can expect to get for Christmas from a grandma that knows nothing about video games and relies on a shifty game store employee looking to move the non-sellers.
  13. 21
    More intelligent enemies would have been great, or at least greater numbers of stupid foes. Digital Spray instead decided to throw small numbers of morons at you, give you an infuriatingly inadequate run speed, and make available one of the most boring arsenals in recent memory. It's an absolute must-bypass.
  14. Soviet gulags were probably more punishing than You Are Empty, but we're not taking any bets.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
  1. Jul 30, 2012
    You are empty is without a doubt a below average fps.The gameplay feels clunky, the AI is kind of bad, the weapon and enemy variety is kind of lacking and the game is visually outdated. But the game does have atmosphere. And the atmosphere was so thick is some areas that i forgot its shortcomings. The game has flaws, plenty of them. But for those who can see past those flaws, there is a quite alright game somewhere in You are empty. Full Review »
  2. Nov 1, 2013
    It's not that bad. It was quite a weird game. If it hadn't exaggerated with some parts, like the huge chickens, it would have been better.

    The story was ok. Fighting your way through was kinda repetitive, but scenery made you ignore that.

    The ending was interesting, too.

    Some levels were really hard. I got lost in the tunnels of the metro level.

    Technically, it isn't mind-blowing, but I am a guy which likes the story most than the gameplay or any other features.

    Indeed, the dark atmosphere, the random notes about the event, all these helped the story.

    Overall, it was a strange experience.
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  3. Nov 18, 2012
    Imagine a game where you mix the "shoot hordes of mindless enemies" gameplay of Serious Sam and Painkiller with a movement speed that makes Condemned feel fast paced. Imagine a game where the loading screens promise far greater graphical fidelity than the engine provides because at some point, the developers disabled the HDR, Shaders, and Normal Mapping and broke their functionality entirely. Imagine a game where more effort was put into "arthouse nonsense" cutscenes that fail to make any reasonable amount of sense than was put into the game. Imagine a game where the only remotely interesting components are the run-down Soviet-era locales, existence of a nice, if unrealistic, physics engine, and the fact that the menu UI looks like it was stolen directly from the (exponentially better) first entry in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. Imagine a game where you're more likely to fall asleep while playing than to finish it. This is that game. Full Review »