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  • Summary: What would you do if your fears were hacked? >observer_ is a cyberpunk horror game from Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fear. Play as an Observer, the new front line of neural police, as you hack into the jagged minds of the insane.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. Oct 24, 2017
    100
    The game is visually stunning and sets a new bar for the genre of Cyberpunk games. The voice acting from Rutger Hauer is perfectly casted, and he delivers the role spectacularly. Observer is overall pretty short, but it will have you playing until you push on to uncover the truth – it truly is a captivating game. The sound design is fantastic, too, from the impressive soundtrack, written and composer by Arkadiusz Reikowski, to the noise of creaky doors, all lends itself to a truly great psychological horror game.
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    90
    An audio and visual tour de force, Observer doesn’t pull any punches. It would appear that Layers of Fear was simply foreplay for Bloober Team; a warm up for the full-on fuckfest that Observer is. Combining investigation, exploration, stealth, puzzles, and a near constant barrage of horror, Observer is a meticulously created game that rarely puts a foot wrong. If you think you have the stomach for it, this could be one of the biggest surprises of the year.
  3. Aug 22, 2017
    90
    >OBSERVER_ is a superior, more frightening take on the experience we glimpsed from Westwood Studios’ Blade Runner adaptation back in 1997. Outstanding level design and a perfectly paced nightmare make for one of the best adventure titles I’ve ever played. You will feel a sense of cybernetic dread that has been missing since your last run in with Shodan. This is a must play for fans of the genre or anyone looking for a solid scare.
  4. Aug 14, 2017
    80
    Observer is a good sci-fi horror adventure, with a strong narrative, blessed by the amazing performance of Rutger Hauer. Some less-convincing elements (notably, recycling of assets and gameplay ideas from Layers of Fear, the previous game from Bloober Team) don't diminish the value of an intriguing experience, full of love for Blade Runner and the sci-fi avantpop.
  5. Aug 21, 2017
    80
    Dark, violent, visionary. Observer's cyberpunk universe hits hard despite some too long and boring mind trips.
  6. Aug 14, 2017
    78
    Observer is a fascinating adventure with solid narrative references and a focus on the inevitable ethical issues of cybernetic augmentations. Beautifully dubbed by Rutger Hauer, detective Daniel Lazarski takes us on a journey into the dystopian future of year 2048.
  7. Aug 23, 2017
    45
    Brainhacking will blow your mind, but you'll want to get the cop out of your head by the end.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Aug 16, 2017
    10
    As soon as I realised this game was made by some polish developers I got curious. By experience most developers from Eastern Europe alwaysAs soon as I realised this game was made by some polish developers I got curious. By experience most developers from Eastern Europe always care a lot for a unique style, story and atmosphere and luckily I was not disappointed. A dystopian horror adventure with great character and a likeable protagonist!
    Do me a favour...watch the first hour or so in a let's play...if you like what you see buy it! Small developers who dare to bring us experiences like that deserve to be supported!
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  2. Dec 29, 2017
    10
    Cyberpunkian work of art. It makes you see things you people wouldn't believe. Enough said.
  3. May 28, 2018
    10
    This game is one of the best out there,this proves overhyped games are nothing compared to a good indie one,I love this game so much,in theThis game is one of the best out there,this proves overhyped games are nothing compared to a good indie one,I love this game so much,in the end the underrated prevail over the overhyped. Expand
  4. Aug 16, 2017
    10
    It really is Layers of Fear meets Blade Runner, the soundtrack is great, I love the graphics and the atmosphere, very unsettling use of analogIt really is Layers of Fear meets Blade Runner, the soundtrack is great, I love the graphics and the atmosphere, very unsettling use of analog video and retro-futuristic set-ups.

    On another note, the PS4 Pro version runs horribly, with constant screen-tearing and fps drops. Beyond that, an insane cyberpunk dystopia that Philip K Dick could be proud of.

    Edit : SORRY, there is no screen-tearing, it's actually a feature of the game when you forget to take your corporate-approved Synchrozine pill. Immersion 10/10 would take pill again.
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  5. Aug 19, 2018
    9
    Ever imagined yourself the Blade Runner meetting atmospheric horror and then, built into the first-person detective game where protagonist isEver imagined yourself the Blade Runner meetting atmospheric horror and then, built into the first-person detective game where protagonist is voiced by Rutger Hauer himself?

    Observer is an another hidden gem of Cyberpunk genre. A first-person pshycological sci-fi horror. The world of Observer is a true dystopia - gloomy and bleak world suffering from scars of war, pollution and self-destruction, half-dead dirty cities and millions of people, dragging on their existence in tiny flats, with cybernetic implants, holograms, drugs, or all this together trying to escape the disgusting reality.

    You are a Daniel Lazarski, an observer - a corporate tool, a dog-sniffer. You're the one who arrives when crime is made and there are no evidences....or....they are deep inside half-broken mind. You are diving deeply into memories, fears and gallucinations of the victims and murderers, trying to get infromation you need to stop another crime...or to find your own answers.

    Observer made a masterpiece work in plunge player into the bleak and blurry reality of cyberpunk dystopia, gallucinations and madness. During the walktrough, protagonist is struggling more and more between about investigating the crime and his own family problems, trying to find his long ago disappearead son. Did Adam really called you or it was just an another hallucination, fed by melancholy attack and critically low level of stimulators in your half-mechanized body? Are you really sure that diving into memory of a maniac, you will not change yourself even a bit? After everything you saw, are you still thinking you are doing a right job, or you're just a blind pawn in the paws of corporation - same blind and crazy as everyone else around you?

    Through dark and ambient wordlspace design, high psychological pressure, amazing soundtrack, thrilling detective elements, jumpscares and sudden perception of disturbing and sometimes disgusting facts - Observer will make you remember such titles as Matrix and Ghost in the Shell, and give you an amazing plunge into intriguing, terrific reality, one of the possible scenarios of how our own world can evolve if we will let technological progress control ourselves.
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  6. Aug 17, 2017
    8
    Observer
    Slow start but a great finish
    Observer is an about 6 and a half hr long cyberpunk styled psychological horror game where you play
    Observer
    Slow start but a great finish
    Observer is an about 6 and a half hr long cyberpunk styled psychological horror game where you play as detective Daniel Lazarski investigating an apartment building after he gets a call from his son adam, you spend the rest of the game trying to find out exactly what happened to your son and to the other murdered victims in this building..
    This game is developed by the same team that made one of my most favorite horror games of all time layers of fear, so I was extremely excited to try this one out
    and admittedly I was very disappointed in the games first half…
    The first half to me felt like a door to door salesman simulator..
    youre just knocking on door after door until someone answers and you interrogate them to help you progress through the game
    Youre finding codes and throwing switched to access different areas and youll eventually find yourself investigating a crimescene, there are computers around with mini games within the game as well as documents to get you deeper into these characters, but this is where you do batman style scanning of the items at the crime scene trying to figure out exactly what happened to the victim
    but you can take getting information a step further
    you play as an observer.. youre able to plug into minds and see a distorted reality of your target to get answers buried deep in their conscious and subsconsious through a chip they have in their head, which is found by scanning them..
    these moments arewhere the game becomes great,
    a lot of puzzles and mind tricks and survival horror , shifting rooms much like the layers of fear games…
    and each one offers an intriguing and unique experience, stopping it from feeling repetitive like the investigator part of the game
    I didn’t necisarily find this game to be scary, but its definitely unsettling..
    and once you reach the end of that characters story things are blurry and you have to take a pill… this happens as you wander around the building for too long as well..
    im not really sure the point of this mechanic.. its just makes the game ugly, choppy, and hard to look at.. but it’s a thing and you have to look for these pills around the rooms.. but then youre back to being a door to door salesman..
    until finally youre not anymore..
    theres one final door to door section underground which is where I ran into the only bug during my play time where the night vision wouldn’t click off, thankfully this was fixed by backing out into the menue and coming back into the game…
    but the 2nd half of the game is very linear and is like one giant chunk of the mind hacking stuff and its great..
    shifting rooms, illusions, questions, answers, monsters…
    I much preferred going through these mind bending moments that made me fall in love with layers of fear so much…
    I was worried with the initial direction the game was taking, but the brilliant story telling pulled me through to the good stuff
    Who knows, maybe you end up liking the door to door stuff and finding codes and investigating areas..
    I didn’t.. and if you don’t I promise you that its definitely worth getting through the slow drag of the games first half and dealing with all of its knocking on doors, puzzles and switches to get to its 2nd half..
    Bloober Team delivers again with a great psychological horror experience
    I give Observer
    a 7.5/10
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  7. Sep 1, 2017
    0
    I mean, to be honest, this game is a walking simulator which makes me sick. The illumination feels the game developer just chuck every filterI mean, to be honest, this game is a walking simulator which makes me sick. The illumination feels the game developer just chuck every filter in a unity plugin into the game. It is a harsh game. Expand

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