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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: 28 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Aug 31, 2017
    10
    This game does a very good job of delving into the seedy underbelly of an archetypal cyberpunk dystopia. It feels like you've entered theThis game does a very good job of delving into the seedy underbelly of an archetypal cyberpunk dystopia. It feels like you've entered the sketchiest apartment complex you can imagine. The world that the devs created is bizarre, but surprisingly credible. You really get the sense that all the advanced tech that you see had been hastily retrofitted on top of the crumbling husk of the modern world. The game also does a great job at exploring the possible (mostly negative) implications of cybernetics and technological advancement in general.

    My favorite parts of the game were simply when you are exploring the apartment complex and talking to the tenants. The conversations were very well done and the voice acting of Rutger Hauer creates an intriguing juxtaposition. I enjoyed the optional side-investigations as well. The neural interrogation sequences and the main storyline, while interesting, were not as engrossing as the other aspects of the game, in my opinion. Perhaps I need to think about those a little more before I can fully appreciate them.

    Overall, I think this is a fantastic game. I've never played another game quite like it.
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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. 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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  4. Apr 22, 2018
    9
    Научную фантастику я люблю, читал Азимова, Филиппа Дика и других известных фантастов, смотрел кучу фильмов, ну и игры в этом жанре тожеНаучную фантастику я люблю, читал Азимова, Филиппа Дика и других известных фантастов, смотрел кучу фильмов, ну и игры в этом жанре тоже стараюсь не пропускать, поэтому Observer купил сразу же. Запуская игру, я ожидал типичного линейного хоррора на 6/10, а получил чуть ли не лучшую инди 2017 года.
    Observer - это психологический хоррор в сеттинге киберпанка с элементами детектива, с бесподобной озвучкой (Рутгер Хауэр подарил голос главному герою) и хорошим и интересным сюжетом. Действие игры происходит в общежитии, в котором проживают проститутки, наркоманы и просто отборное быдло (хотя есть и более-менее адекватные люди), прогуливаясь по зданию, мы будем видеть кучи мусора в коридорах, полнейшую антисанитарию, надписи на стенах, разбитые туалеты и другие прелести жизни в трущобах, в общем, с мрачной атмосферой жизни в антиутопичном киберпанковом будущем всё в порядке. Графика в игре неплохая, но не более. Геймплей не сильно отличается от Layers of Fear, никаких перестрелок и боёв с монстрами, мы просто ходим по этажам и разговариваем с жильцами, расследуем убийства (изучаем место преступления, улики, проникаем в сознание людей) и пытаемся узнать, что вообще происходит. Основная история и второстепенные квесты интересные, хотя, конечно, никаких новых идей в сценарии нет, всё это уже было в книгах, фильмах и играх (в той же SOMA поднимаются похожие темы). Рекомендую Observer всем любителям сюжетных инди-игр, киберпанка и хорроров.
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  5. Jan 27, 2020
    8
    More twisted than Oliver Twist eating a Raspberry twister during the movie 'Twister'.
  6. Jul 1, 2018
    8
    If you're looking for a cyberpunk walking sim then >observer_ is a great choice. It is in many ways a throw back to 80's sci fi right down toIf you're looking for a cyberpunk walking sim then >observer_ is a great choice. It is in many ways a throw back to 80's sci fi right down to having Rutger Hauer as a voice actor. It had a great plot, good visuals, good performance and the few quirks it did have didn't overshadow the good parts.

    The gameplay is a mesh of walking sim in the exploring the apartment building that you are trapped in, solving puzzles and some stealth portions where you have to sneak by monsters who can insta kill you. qThe exploration parts were really well done as there is a good amount of lore and backstory that can be found on the soceity, tenants of the building and present events. The puzzles were pretty well done, most are straight forward and only a couple tried my patience. The stealth portions are a little annoying at times because I found that if I left the game and re opened it the last checkpoint could sometimes be farther back then it should have been when I was close to a monster. I know I saw the game saving but if I quit and came back in I started back further than I was before. This only seemed to be around the monster bits.

    The visuals were pretty good. The game has good lighting and great art direction. Some things like the blood look kind of strange and the skin of people looked strangly fake but overall it was above average. The game had an alright set of options. You could adjust between two types of AA, a toggle for SSAO, support for Vsync and 7 other options to play with. ALT-Tab also gave me no issues. It does lack certain things such as an FOV slider, manual saves and was locked to 60 FPS. If there is one thing I dislike about being locked to 60 FPS, aside from it not putting my 144hz display to use, is that when locked to 60 I find games often times drop down in to the 50's a lot rather than stay at a smooth 60. >observer_ had this issue as well.

    I played on Linux and can say it was a well done Linux version. Overall the game ran great maxed out, only the random odd rops into the 50's every so often. It will need a beefy CPU though as back wehn I had my FX-9590 my typical FPS was in the 40's pretty much all the time but my Ryzen CPU fixed that. The game only uses 1-2 CPU cores so performance per core matters a lot. My top CPU usage while playing was 38% and was usually closer to 15-20% for the bulk of my playthrough so having a ton of cores doesn't matter. My total system usage for RAM was 2.5GB-3GB while playing so you won't need tons of RAM either, just a beefy CPU and GPU if you want to max it out. It also never crashed once on me.

    My system:

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 18.1.1 | Samsung 850 Evo 250GB | Solus 3 | Kernel 4.17.2-78.current

    My score: 8.5/10
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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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