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  • Summary: It’s 1897. Deep in international waters, the Helios stands still. Dark clouds loom overhead as unforgiving waves crash against the hull. Colossal effigies of gold, decorated with magnificent finery, stretch as far as the eye can see.

    Born of Nikola Tesla’s vision, the Helios serves as a
    It’s 1897. Deep in international waters, the Helios stands still. Dark clouds loom overhead as unforgiving waves crash against the hull. Colossal effigies of gold, decorated with magnificent finery, stretch as far as the eye can see.

    Born of Nikola Tesla’s vision, the Helios serves as a haven for the greatest scientific minds. An unbound utopia for research, independent from state and isolated from the gaze of society. Free to push the boundaries of matter and time.

    Journalist Rose Archer steps aboard the Helios in search of her sister Ada. She quickly discovers not all is as it seems. Grand halls stand empty. The stench of rotting flesh lingers in the air. Silence. A single word is painted across the entrance… QUARANTINE!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 24, 2020
    80
    When Tesla fights with Edison, sparkles fly. An above-average story, perfect atmosphere and a decent pace. You will spend one great afternoon with the game despite its minor shortcomings. [Issue#304]
  2. May 20, 2019
    75
    Although the slow tempo of the gameplay might not be appealing to everyone, and although the story could have ended much, much better, Close to the Sun is still a great title that easily worth 5 to 6 hours of your time.
  3. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jun 26, 2019
    71
    Close to the Sun is great at atmosphere-building, but the ending is nothing short of disappointing: too many big questions are left unanswered, as if developers couldn’t bring themselves to choose one version of the events over all others.[Issue#238, p.64]
  4. May 2, 2019
    68
    With interesting setting and characters, Close to the Sun starts as a piece of art, but it doesn't keep its premises due to hurried pacing and a bit superficial evolution of the story. Non trivial jumpscares and a good direction make this short game really a missed opportunity and only a decent horror adventure.
  5. Jun 3, 2019
    60
    Close to the Sun is a decent enough exploratory mystery, but it misses the boat on substantial gameplay or any real horror by settling for cheap thrills over suspense.
  6. May 6, 2019
    60
    Close to the Sun is a few steps shy of a great narrative-driven horror, but its trite gameplay expels the magic its environments worked to create.
  7. May 2, 2019
    50
    Close to the Sun is a game that’s only remarkable for its scenery. And it’s a shame, really, as the Helios could have carried a great tale. As it is though, while there’s nothing about Close to the Sun that’s broken, there’s nothing compelling enough to make it worth your while, especially with its short run time and lack of replayability.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Jun 19, 2019
    10
    This is a great game!
    A solid first person experience, GREAT story, astonishing graphics, awesome gameplay.
    I don´t know how this game is
    This is a great game!
    A solid first person experience, GREAT story, astonishing graphics, awesome gameplay.

    I don´t know how this game is so badly reviewed... maybe they expect shooting or ghosts, i don´t know.

    If you like a good story, this game is for you (think about Firewatch with sci-fi).
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  2. May 7, 2019
    10
    I've been waiting for this game for 2 years. I've always been a fan of Storm in a Teacup games. I bought the game at day one, I still have aI've been waiting for this game for 2 years. I've always been a fan of Storm in a Teacup games. I bought the game at day one, I still have a few hours of play but I'm very happy. beautiful setting and the story of Tesla is really intriguing!

    The game is a mix of puzzles, a few running sections and a lot of exploring aboard the Helios and so far I am 6 hours into it and I would think I am a 2 or so hours away from the climax.
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  3. May 7, 2019
    8
    Close to the Sun gifted us with an immersive experience, let us living every instant on our skin. If you like horror games, you should give aClose to the Sun gifted us with an immersive experience, let us living every instant on our skin. If you like horror games, you should give a chance to this video game.
    https://www.tuttotek.it/videogiochi/recensioni-videogiochi/close-to-the-sun-recensione
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  4. May 29, 2019
    6
    Close to the sun is the definition of a walking simulator with not much interaction. While i liked the games concept and wanted to see how theClose to the sun is the definition of a walking simulator with not much interaction. While i liked the games concept and wanted to see how the story ended it ultimately fell short. Performance problems with tanking frames made it quiet frustrating at times. While the game looked beautiful there is not much here to justify the asking price. Expand
  5. May 2, 2019
    5
    I wrote an in-depth review about this game to TheGeek.games (online gaming website), but because I have limited space available here, I keepI wrote an in-depth review about this game to TheGeek.games (online gaming website), but because I have limited space available here, I keep this short. But if you are interested in the full version, be sure to check it out.

    The only two redeeming qualities of this game are the sometimes good dialogues and the standout art style (including the world design) that together can create some fun and enjoyable moments that are able to elevate the product from the absolute mediocrity.

    However, the striking visuals can’t negate the obvious shortcomings and problems of the title. Problems that run far and deep in terms of gameplay, storytelling and also in terms of technical aspects.

    [STORY]

    While there are some good moments that come from the strong line delivery from the voice actors and from the sometimes good dialogues, in the end, ultimately the story simply crumbles under it’s own weight. There are a lot of cool concepts and themes that the game throws up carelessly, such as time-travel or paralell dimensions (sort-of), only to never bother enough to actually delve deep into any of these. Basically, the title is full of unexplored concepts and ideas in terms of storytelling and world building.

    [GAMEPLAY]

    Close to the Sun is the perfect example of why games in this genre are commonly get labaled as “walking simulators”, even if some are much more than that. Firewatch, Soma and Observer are definitely act as the golden standards in the genre of first person immersive story-driven titles, because aside from telling a strong and effective story, they managed to include some level of player choice, along with a higher level of player interaction and with some meaningful and satisfying exploration.

    Which game has none of those? Well, a couple of games, such as Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Virginia, and yeah, you’ve guessed it, Close to the Sun. The game's level of interactivity is pretty meaningless. It’s not as bad as in the case of Virginia but that doesn’t say a lot considering the player was basically a passive inspector of the events in that game. In Close to the Sun, there are certain things you can do. You can open some doors using wall panels, pick up items at certain points of the game and sometimes solve puzzles (although saying those are puzzles requires a ton of goodwill from me). Oh, and you can jump too. But the reality is that all of these are nothing more than artificial obstacles that are just there to extend gameplay length and give you, the player a false sense of interaction and choice.

    [TECHNICAL ASPECTS]

    Oh, boy. If you thought the gameplay and story was bad, just be prepared for an even bigger disappointment. From a technical standpoint, Close to the Sun is a massive trainwreck. FPS drops and stutters were quite frequent during regular play, but there were areas (usually bigger, more open areas, such as the one before the entrance of Helios in Chapter I) where the FPS simply hanged around 40-50 FPS, regardless of the settings. Even on the lowest graphical settings with 20-30% GPU and 10-15% CPU utilization, I wasn’t able to achieve more than that. Scripted running sections were even worse. There were times when my FPS simply tanked and went way below 30.

    [CONCLUSION]

    I really wanted to like this game, but I stood up after finishing it severely unimpressed. The more I thought about it after that, the more it became obvious how disappointing it was. It has some stronger moments in its narrative thanks to some good dialogues and voiceworks before the story completely falls apart, while the world design from a visual and artistic standpoint is remarkable and it makes you want to keep going forward to see new stuff, despite the lackluster gameplay. But really, that’s all the good things I can say about it. Close to the Sun was a cool game in theory and it had good ideas, but it didn’t do anything with them and it turned out to be a massive disappointment from a story, from a gameplay, and from a technical standpoint as well. I do not recommend playing it.

    Pros:

    - Standout artistic direction and world design

    - There are some better moments in the story (only in the earlier parts)

    - Sometimes quite good atmosphere

    Cons:

    - The story is predictable, feels pointless at the end, and crumbles under it’s own weight

    - Minimal gameplay elements are present that only give you the illusion of choice and interaction

    - It’s an absolute trainwreck from a technical standpoint
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  6. Jun 18, 2020
    5
    This game was mostly a letdown for me. The trailers leave you with very high expectations, and indeed, from a graphical perspective, theThis game was mostly a letdown for me. The trailers leave you with very high expectations, and indeed, from a graphical perspective, the Helios is very impressive. The visual quality of the environments is almost as good as that of an AAA title. The level design also has some strong points here and there, but many environments are repetitive.

    But almost everywhere else, the game fails to be really good. The animations are extremely clunky and have almost no sounds at all, while character design and faces are horrible. The interesting setting could have saved it, but sadly, the story is not very well written, particularly because the ending is totally disappointing and doesn't explain anything.

    Early collectibles are really interesting and add to the lore, but from Chapter 5 onwards, they are just undetailed sketches containing a few words.

    I would recommend buying this game only if you can get it at around 13-14$ or less. It does have some interesting ideas, and exploring the Helios is somewhat fun. But just make sure to get onboard with sufficiently low expectations.
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  7. Aug 2, 2020
    0
    Ну игра хуета ебанная, у меня блять сапёр нахуй в 4к нахуй идёт. А эта залупа просто нормально не оптимизирована. У меня в каком-то The OuterНу игра хуета ебанная, у меня блять сапёр нахуй в 4к нахуй идёт. А эта залупа просто нормально не оптимизирована. У меня в каком-то The Outer Worlds на ультрах выдаёт 140 fps! А тут в сраном хорроре на ультрах 60 кадров с просадками до 35. Вы ебать ахуели? Хлопцы нахуй Expand

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