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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: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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
    While it could have done more with its central concept, Observation is a terrific, thrilling adventure game and a superb follow-up for No Code. The blend of the realistic workings of space exploration along with more bizarre elements is perfectly executed and creates an engrossing story with a haunting atmosphere that you’ll want to see through. It’s an epic mystery you’ll want to experience, and while it may not be the full-on video game equivalent of 2001, it’s still a killer ode that Kubrick would hopefully be proud of.
  5. May 22, 2019
    80
    The great story compensates for most of Observation’s shortcomings. The mysterious happenings, the very detailed graphics, the atmospheric sound and more all make it worthwhile and will leave you with an ending that doesn’t answer every question, but will still satisfy most players.
  6. May 21, 2019
    75
    Observation is not a perfect game. I found it unwieldy to play and, at times, was often grasping at straws for what to do next. If you can get past that, this is a gripping tale with a foreboding and mysterious aura that drives the narrative forward at every turn. Like Stories Untold before it, Observation is game that I think you really need to play to appreciate how masterful No Code is at setting a tone and building a compelling world for players to explore.
  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: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Jun 3, 2019
    10
    Absolutely fantastic game with cool story. U must watching Interstellar or 2001: A Space Odyssey before playing this game
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. May 21, 2019
    9
    Great creepy story and cool 2001: a space odyssey look. Might not be for everyone but i really enjoy it
  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. May 22, 2019
    7
    Amazing and skillfully crafted presentation with great graphics, art direction, sound design and performances.
    The game does a great job of
    Amazing and skillfully crafted presentation with great graphics, art direction, sound design and performances.
    The game does a great job of melding John Carpenter, Alien Isolation, 2001 and Interstellar.
    It perfectly sells the setting and does a great job of building and maintaining tension throughout most of the game.

    The gameplay ranges from fun to OK but can get tedious and even frustrating at times.
    The game works best when you play it trough the static cameras rather than with free 360 movement which you will have to deal with from time to time.
    Moving from point a to b can be alot harder and sluggish than it should be and the game can be very disorienting as certain points.

    The moment to moment gameplay is simple but engaging for the most part. The puzzles are very straight forward and easy with a couple of frustrating exceptions.
    I did get stuck a couple of times that wasn't because of puzzles but because at times the game is very unintuitive and does a poor job of guiding you in the right direction.

    You will also be asked you to rinse and repeat certain menial tasks like turning on power switches, continuously inputting random 3 button combinations, and scan every single room for interactable objects.
    Tasks that offer little in terms of satisfaction.

    While the story starts of very intriguing and got me hooked and making me want to find out more, you slowly realizes the writing is obtuse and nonsensical rather than deep and cerebral. The plot seems expansive at the beginning but there is little pay off and there are plot points that go nowhere.

    I did enjoyed my time with the game, so much so I finished it in a single session. I would recommend it for the moment to moment experience, despite some minor frustrations and pacing issues.
    Unfortunately, the story did leave me underwhelmed when all was said and done. I expected more when it came to the writing and I wanted something that stuck with me for days or weeks rather than being forgettable.

    If your into suspense, adventure games, walking sims and space, definitely pick this up. Just don't expect it's themes to be as awe inspiring as it's vistas.
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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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