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  • Summary: Step into the shoes of a government official in a top-secret department of the Orwell surveillance program. Given the power to both uncover and fabricate "the truth", how far will you go in the service of your country? Season 2 of Orwell, the award-winning surveillance thriller.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 11, 2018
    85
    Orwell sends intense, cold shivers down the spine of the player/supervisor. As long as he's willing to read a lot.
  2. Apr 2, 2018
    80
    An interesting sequel to one of the best games of 2016, delving further into the role of government as an all-seeing eye with interesting questions about privacy and truth. Doesn’t add much to the original’s formula but still well worth playing.
  3. Apr 2, 2018
    79
    Osmotic Studios provides yet another sharp critique of our age with their own flavor of dystopia that tends to sync with our world. Though this second installment successfully manages to immerse the player into the role of a governmental investigator, it falls a bit short on pacing and character development in comparison to the original.
  4. Apr 4, 2018
    76
    The second chapter of Osmotic Studios's conspiratorial saga closes with an episode that adds - finally - to the experience genuinely new game mechanics.
  5. 70
    Orwell: Ignorance is Strength approaches the relevance to which it aspires, but not until late in its final act.
  6. Mar 29, 2018
    60
    Orwell is brimming with potential, but it feels like the sequel was rushed to ensure that it could comment on the state of the world in early 2018. But extensive private data collection, political turmoil, and pervasive surveillance aren't going anywhere, which is why the game's namesake, George Orwell, has remained so perpetually relevant. If there's a third Orwell game, hopefully Osmotic Studios will find more to say about it.
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  1. Feb 22, 2018
    Despite my high expectations, Orwell continues to be a solid thriller and a very different gaming experience.

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  1. Mar 27, 2018
    9
    Not impressive as the first season but it's always a simple and appealing game. I found this second season a lot less "conspiracy" and moreNot impressive as the first season but it's always a simple and appealing game. I found this second season a lot less "conspiracy" and more realistic. We see the influencer tool at work every day, in real life.
    Entering data chunks now makes 10 minutes pass, so we need to be better at picking the relevant ones. And even if there are no attacks to be thwarted, there are moments of tension!
    I loved it! I saw three endings out of four and I will play it again to try the last one. The length of the game is 3-4 hours. Thinking that you'll want to play it again at least once, it's 10 euros for 6-8 hours of fun. Not bad! :D
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  2. Jun 23, 2022
    8
    There was a good amount of improvement to Ignorance is Strength over the original Orwell but there was a few instances where it took a stepThere was a good amount of improvement to Ignorance is Strength over the original Orwell but there was a few instances where it took a step back as well. One thing I thought Orwell lacked that the sequel fixed was voice acting for the phone calls. It was not only a nice feature to add but the voice acting was well done. You can also now influence social media by finding data chunks that fit a certain narrative. The feature itself was decent but it kind of tied into one thing I didn’t like about Ignorance is Strength and that was the perspective. In the original you were doing ethically dubious deeds but were at least trying to find a bomber. In the sequel your objective felt far less worth the effort after the first chapter or so. One thing I will say is that I fully believe many governments would take part in the kind of petty actions that happen in this game. While I was a bit disappointed in where the story went I at least enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns they took as well as how the sequel tied into the original. It takes place at the same time as the original with you working on a totally separate case although it does overlap slightly. One more issue I had was that once again I found that the game didn’t stay true to what it asks of you. Your boss says to leave out data that doesn’t matter but at least a couple times I had to add, what I deem to be, subjective data chunks that were more opinion than fact in order to progress.

    I played Ignorance is Strength on Linux. It never crashed and I didn’t notice any bugs or spelling mistakes. There are no graphics options. Alt-Tab didn’t work. The game saves on exit but there is just one save file so it always gets overwritten. The game is capped at 60 FPS.

    Game Engine: Unity
    Graphics API: OpenGL
    Input Used: keyboard and mouse
    Game Version Played: 1.1.6771.24898

    CPU Usage: 4-19 %
    RAM Usage: 1.7-3.3 GB

    Overall I would say that Ignorance is Strength is on par with the original Orwell. It does some things better, some things worse, so is overall a wash. If you enjoyed the original you should enjoy this sequel as it is very much the same style game play as before. The story and characters are worth exploring. My distaste for some of the story may really be praise if that is what the developers were going for. I finished the game in two hours and forty four minutes and can say it is worth it’s current price tag of $11.49 CAD.

    My System:

    Intel i7-6700 | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | Intel HD 530 | Mesa 21.2.6 | Trisquel 10.0.1 | Mate 1.24.0 | Kernel 5.18.5-gnu
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  3. Mar 26, 2018
    8
    Not so impressive as the first installment, with fewer episodes (3 versus 5), fewer characters and a more straightforward story. The voiceNot so impressive as the first installment, with fewer episodes (3 versus 5), fewer characters and a more straightforward story. The voice acting really didn't convince me this time.
    On the other hand, the "on paper awesome" tool, the Influencer, is an interesting idea, although pretty under-utilized and only used in the last episode.
    Overall it's more of the great Orwell gameplay we're used to, with a confusing second episode (a lot of people got stuck, according to the forums, including me) and a not-so-satisfying ending. But I haven't seen the other endings. Just MY ending. Go play the game and see for yourself. When it's on sale.
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  4. Jun 24, 2020
    7
    I had a lot of fun with Orwell: Ignorance Is Strength and am hoping for more installments.
  5. Apr 12, 2019
    7
    ORWELL: IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH is, like the first Orwell game a hard to describe, but it a very enjoyable experience!
    In Orwell, you are the
    ORWELL: IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH is, like the first Orwell game a hard to describe, but it a very enjoyable experience!
    In Orwell, you are the investigator that is using a "Big Brother" look-a-like tool to investigate a political instigator, in parallel events to those of the first game.
    Like in the first game, your choices and your analysis of the suspect and events can allow interesting outcomes, that so many times make you feel that you are not playing for the good guys anymore, and with the new "Influencer tool", not present in the first game, you mess around more with the social media channels and the influence that it poses to the masses.

    An awesome experience that I fully recommend.
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  6. Mar 29, 2021
    6
    Orwell: Ignorance is Strength construye sobre el primer Orwell, profundizando en su relato y mecánicas. Con una historia que corre paralela alOrwell: Ignorance is Strength construye sobre el primer Orwell, profundizando en su relato y mecánicas. Con una historia que corre paralela al del primer juego, cambia el foco del juego de la discusión sobre transparencia y vigilancia, a la cuestión de cómo nos influenciamos y se construyen las narrativas sociales. Para esto la clave es la nueva mecánica del juego que nos permite esparcir ciertas historias que cambian cómo progresa la historia principal. Así, nos volvemos más proactivos que en su predecesor, aunque a cambio el juego tiene como pega que resulta más corto.

    Gráficamente el juego mantiene el estilo peculiar de su predecesor, cumpliendo más o menos bien el apartado. Ha mejorado mucho en sonido, ya que ahora muchas de las cosas (como las llamadas telefónicas) están dobladas. Y al menos en mi experiencia, no ha tenido bugs.

    Sin duda, es un juego recomendable, aunque no imprescindible. Un 6.
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  7. Apr 29, 2021
    6
    Overall, I didn't like the actual story quite as much as the first game, but there were a lot of quality of life improvements, as well as justOverall, I didn't like the actual story quite as much as the first game, but there were a lot of quality of life improvements, as well as just better integration of story and gameplay which made it a lot easier to feel immersed in the game. Definitely not my favorite game series by any means, but as long as they keep making these i'm gonna keep playing them for sure. Expand

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