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  • Summary: Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project.

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Inside - Official E3 2016 Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. PC PowerPlay
    Aug 27, 2016
    100
    It's a masterpiece, guaranteed to have players flocking to forums to discuss the ending and try to unravel with it all means. [Issue#254, p.62]
  2. 93
    You need to be in the right mood to fully enjoy something as peculiar as Inside. Take a deep breath, enjoy the silence, embrace the suspension of disbelief, and you'll be in for one of the finest treats of 2016.
  3. Aug 17, 2016
    90
    Inside is a truly unique platformer that is a better and more mature brother of famous Limbo (that came from the same studio). Everything you see on the screen is extremely well thought out and the way that one anonymous character in the background conveys tons of emotions with a simple move is astounding. Only the best could have achieved such a thing and I'm sure Inside will be remembered for years.
  4. Aug 9, 2016
    85
    Just like its predecessor, Inside is a puzzle in itself. Mysterious, intriguing, dark yet beautiful, it's one of the most unique platformers around and a journey well worth taking.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 12, 2016
    85
    An immensely polished, gripping platformer experience. Aesthetically, Inside is pretty much ahead of anything done in the gaming space right now. That said, the actual gameplay (pushing blocks, scripted chase sequences) is somewhat lacking in substance. [Sept 2016]
  6. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Aug 23, 2016
    81
    Although Inside’s aesthetics are great, its storytelling methods aren’t reprehensible. There’s no narration or dialogues; all information is conveyed through environment and gestures of characters, so unless you’re willing to go on wild interpretation sprees, Inside’s story won’t make any sense. But even if you do, it will still leave a lot of unanswered questions. [Issue#211, p.62]
  7. Aug 2, 2016
    60
    But Inside can’t resist padding its story with what passes for gameplay. Who knows whether it’s because Playdead didn’t have the confidence in their story or because videogamers need to push crates onto pressure plates in order to call something a videogame. Whatever the case, Inside is a provocatively outside-the-box story in a disappointingly inside the box game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 110
  2. Negative: 6 out of 110
  1. Dec 24, 2018
    10
    Every little scene in Inside is perfectly polished. Even the achivements is fun to find.
  2. Oct 25, 2016
    10
    It's an "experience"-like puzzle game where the puzzles aren't too hard for even casual players to solve and the art is so great that justIt's an "experience"-like puzzle game where the puzzles aren't too hard for even casual players to solve and the art is so great that just about any frame in the game could be a painting.

    The Good:
    - as said, excellent art style. I was frequently asking myself "how did they do this?" (i mean, technically) It's Unity game engine, but still, I imagine tons of artists' work must have gone into every scene there.
    - a geat depressing feel of being powerless, hunted down, oppressed. The game shows a soulless industrial world, with mind-controlled bodies of humans, dead pigs and huge empty hangars and warehouses
    - pretty nice sound (there is practically no music here but the sounds are very atmospheric)
    - sirprisingly complex and natural animations of characters - dunno how they did this either
    - tons of innovative, truly original scripted sequences and puzzles which I have never seen anywhere else! This leaves an impression that they simply didn't allow any mediocre design idea into the game.

    The so-so:
    - lack of story! There is a general feeling of a story happening, and a very strange ending. I went online searching for an explanation of the ending, thinking I may have not paid attention during play or was too unsophisticated to decypher it - but instead of a clear explanation I just found multiple "theories" about who mind controls whom etc. Seriously, people, artists use this trick to make you think their work is more deep that it actually is. The devs don't know themselves what they wanted to say, which means there is no story there. Instead, there are vague and contradicting clues, "signs" and mini-narratives inserted at random to make you curious. These theories and discussions they need just to get some buzz around the game. Don't fall for that trick. If the creator has a clear story in mind, he tells it directly and clearly. And if you see a vague piece like this be sure the creator himself has no clue. Anyway, this isn't really a bad thing. Whatever. It feels too "artsy" and a bit too cheap of a trick to me. But they are in their own right here as artists. Maybe i'm just a too "logical" math/sci type for this. Still, i did enjoy the feeling and the overall setting of the game, even if there is no story.
    - a somewhat too linear style of puzzles - frequently I would solve them just by doing the only things possible, only realizing the idea behind the puzzle after solving it. Which still may be ok for casual players who don't like harder games (?)

    The bad:
    - truly, I found none.

    My respect to Denmark has grown after seeing what its game developers can create. Hats off to you guys.
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  3. Jul 8, 2016
    10
    A game like Inside with 7-8 hours of gameplay would have been my favorite game of all time. As its shorter, it just takes a place in myA game like Inside with 7-8 hours of gameplay would have been my favorite game of all time. As its shorter, it just takes a place in my top-10. A true little atmospheric masterpiece. Thank you Playdead for making me feel i will never stop gaming no matter my age. 10 Expand
  4. Jul 21, 2016
    9
    Mind-blowingly wonderful. Intuitive puzzles, a compelling atmosphere that is both horrifying and yet conjures up unexpected moments of comedy,Mind-blowingly wonderful. Intuitive puzzles, a compelling atmosphere that is both horrifying and yet conjures up unexpected moments of comedy, along with an absolutely top tier art style all combine to make Inside one of the very best games of the year.

    Is it short? Yes. But unlike tripe like The Order: 1886, Inside makes every single second a complete joy to play and is one of the most tightly made games I've ever played.

    Pick this up, you won't regret it.
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  5. Sep 19, 2016
    8
    Inside is a dark, kinda creepy and such a good platform / puzzle game. Even if its story is not clear, I think there are some important socialInside is a dark, kinda creepy and such a good platform / puzzle game. Even if its story is not clear, I think there are some important social messages - which are still discussed. Puzzles are not that hard, not that easy, neither. Its atmosphere will definitely make you want to play it to death. Expand
  6. Jul 8, 2016
    7
    Inside looks like a revamp of its predecessor Limbo, with a slightly different graphic style, colorful but even darker if possible, drown in aInside looks like a revamp of its predecessor Limbo, with a slightly different graphic style, colorful but even darker if possible, drown in a haunting and eerie atmosphere that remindined me of Orwell's 1984, Otomo's Akira and even Jules Verne. On the technical side it's a real gem, the only complaint I could make is it's rather easy and in a few hours it will end (with a powerful, unpredicted ending nonetheless) Expand
  7. Dec 13, 2016
    0
    omg yoba gde moy grafen. Pitalsya poigrat' hotya na samom dele net. Vsego 3 chasa gaemplaya etozhe obman kakoito. Mamka mne ne daet deneg naomg yoba gde moy grafen. Pitalsya poigrat' hotya na samom dele net. Vsego 3 chasa gaemplaya etozhe obman kakoito. Mamka mne ne daet deneg na takie igori i Battlefield 4 kruche , a vitya ne ochen' Expand

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