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  • Summary: Observation is a sci-fi thriller uncovering what happened to Dr. Emma Fisher, and the crew of her mission, through the lens of the station’s artificial intelligence S.A.M. Players assume the role of S.A.M. by operating the station’s control systems, cameras, and tools to assist Emma inObservation is a sci-fi thriller uncovering what happened to Dr. Emma Fisher, and the crew of her mission, through the lens of the station’s artificial intelligence S.A.M. Players assume the role of S.A.M. by operating the station’s control systems, cameras, and tools to assist Emma in discovering what is happening to the station, the vanished crew, and S.A.M. himself. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jun 13, 2019
    90
    Overall it’s a fresh change from the standard jump scare, or shooter mechanic that we have so much of today. It’s a compelling story and one worth putting some time into puzzle solving to uncover. The game is pretty forgiving and not too taxing so if you like a bit of problem solving in a sci-fi setting, this might be just up your alley.
  2. May 21, 2019
    90
    Observation is grander than Stories Untold, more ambitious by half, but equally fascinating and inventive. It’s a pastiche of science fiction new and old but knows when to lean into expectations and when to subvert them, and its approach to mechanical realism is so uncompromising it becomes an artistic statement instead of mere mimicry. I’m already curious what’s next.
  3. Jun 12, 2019
    85
    While Observation isn’t perfect, developer No Code has managed to create something truly unique. It’s a word that’s used way too often, but I’ve never played anything quite like it. Some will find the gameplay a little restrictive or the lack of handholding frustrating, but the challenging puzzles and compelling narrative create an unforgettable experience. If you favor a good thrilling story with replay value then you shouldn’t miss out on Observation.
  4. May 21, 2019
    80
    No Codes's new production is a narrative adventure that allows you to play as the AI of a space station. A wonderfully written thriller with rich storytelling and background.
  5. May 22, 2019
    80
    Regardless of a few dry spells, it’s where this seven-hour adventure takes you that’s most compelling. It isn’t a branching narrative, but there are multiple layers to how events unfold, and the game puts you in the middle of complex situations without over-explaining them, making them just as bewildering as if you were really there. It’s well worth grabbing a pair of headphones, turning out the lights, and seeing where this dark tale leads.
  6. May 22, 2019
    75
    Obversation is a weird little game. With little means, it dares jostle the player and has a good balance between its unique gameplay and its sci-fi scenario. A true UFO.
  7. May 28, 2019
    50
    Observation is undeniably beautiful, but it is also vapid and shallow. An interesting premise is let down by simple puzzles and awkward controls. While the game does have some interesting ideas, the execution fails to stick the landing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. May 27, 2019
    10
    The original gameplay concept along with the very well written story make this game a piece of art.
    Definetly a worthy heir to Stories: Untold.
  2. Jun 19, 2019
    10
    GREAT game!
    It´s different from everything i had played before.
    It maintains the engagement through a great story, great interactions and
    GREAT game!
    It´s different from everything i had played before.
    It maintains the engagement through a great story, great interactions and beautiful graphics.
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  3. Jun 5, 2019
    10
    Amazing game. Absolutely one of my favorites of all times. Story is fantastic and checked off most of my sci-fi needs.
  4. May 24, 2019
    9
    Great game! I understand than many negative reviews are for Epic Game Store. Well, also not supporting that policy, but the game is really good.
  5. May 24, 2019
    8
    Loved the subtle, creepy atmosphere and aesthetic of the game. Some moments were truly memorable, and are still in my head. The game is aLoved the subtle, creepy atmosphere and aesthetic of the game. Some moments were truly memorable, and are still in my head. The game is a "slow burn", so don't go in expecting things to explode in action packed scenes - this is definitely a "quiet" experience. The game clearly draws inspiration from works like Space Odyssey or Moon, and I think it manages to nail the story fairly well. Said story is best experienced "blind" without knowing what's going on.

    Admittedly, it's not very long and there were a few minor bugs / issues along the way. The most notable problem, for me, was the fact that the game has some really wonky controls on the PC, and works far better with a controller. That doesn't mean it's unplayable using a keyboard + mouse combo, but if you do have a controller lying around, it might be a good idea to use it. The other issues I faced were: a single, minor case of a model spawning in the wrong place in the geometry (I think this may have already been fixed as some updates have been released since), a single crash (thankfully the game auto-saves), and beyond that a few cases where I got a bit stuck because the on-screen instructions didn't line up with what I was actually supposed to do.

    This leaves the games length. I did buy the game for 40PLN (roughly 10 USD*), and for that price I can't complain at all; this is WITH the Epic discount currently on hand. Without the discount? Well, you need to judge for yourself - I'd probably find it a bit too short / expensive, but YMMV. Overall? I still highly recommend playing Observation.

    *- I don't know how much the game ACTUALLY costs in USD - regional pricing be damned. You, dear viewer, will need to check for yourself.

    PS. Be weary that most, if not all, of the negative reviews / scores are likely from people being salty that the game is on Epic Games Store. Obviously if that's a deal-breaker for you, then skip the game (or wait till it's available on another platform), but don't give the game a low score for that alone...
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  6. Jun 16, 2019
    8
    An atmospheric, creepy thriller that had me hooked from the get-go. I hate jump scares, so I was pleasantly surprised that this game doesn'tAn atmospheric, creepy thriller that had me hooked from the get-go. I hate jump scares, so I was pleasantly surprised that this game doesn't rely on them at all; all the atmosphere is built around the sound and excellent use of the Unity enngine for lighting etc. The story is best experienced first hand, so I'll not say anything about that, other than it's quite short, but very rewarding.
    It's not for everyone, and the controls on PC are a wee bit off, but it doesn't take too long to get the hang of it. The gameplay is mainly puzzle based, but the majority are quite easy. The UI can be a bit difficult to navigate at times, but again, you get used to it.
    If you're a fan of psychological thrillers as opposed to classic horror and jump scares, give this a go!
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  7. May 25, 2019
    3
    Poor UI/UX.
    Boring game play.

    It's better to do something different than play this game.

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