- Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
- Release Date: Sep 28, 2021
- Also On: PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One
Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings
User score distribution:
Positive: 37 out of 45
Mixed: 5 out of 45
Negative: 3 out of 45
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Nov 14, 2021If you want to start totally clean and be (potentially negatively) surprised by its themes, skip this.
I really wanted to like this but instead feels like an annoying emo phase of the base game. Reasons I consider this inferior: - several gameplay aspects of the base game I loved are no longer prevalent - way easier to confuse yourself into getting stuck by progressing out of orderIf you want to start totally clean and be (potentially negatively) surprised by its themes, skip this.
I really wanted to like this but instead feels like an annoying emo phase of the base game.
Reasons I consider this inferior:
- several gameplay aspects of the base game I loved are no longer prevalent
- way easier to confuse yourself into getting stuck by progressing out of order
- while the story is excellently weaved into the lore, I'm not happier for uncovering all the details
- much more forced aesthetic than the base game
Craftsmanship is excellent, but I can't justify saying I liked it, if it just didn't feel fun:
- I didn't feel the same wonder as before, sans a couple brief jaw-dropping occasions
- the theme is not what I signed up for, even though I anticipated feeling some extra eeriness
- original game's ending fell flat for me, that was my only gripe with an otherwise masterpiece, but this felt even less rewarding
- half my game time was permeated by frustration
It detracted from how fondly I remember the base game due to repetitively playing a subset of the mechanics, half spent in an aesthetic that I did not enjoy, for too long.
Spent half the length of the base game doing 20% of what I liked about it.
I'd love another DLC that has more of the original mechanics, the capacity for greatness is 100% here.
I don't think the people who praise it are delusional, I just don't think as many people who loved the base game will feel that way as the amount of high scores suggest.
[minor thematic spoiler below, regarding the "emo phase" comment]
The theme was just really damn nihilistic, I don't see why it had to be to this extent, and I'm simply not into it… Expand
Awards & Rankings
Jan 13, 2022This DLC simply isn’t as good as the base game - unless you really like horror and really hate reading old texts in which case the reverse might be true. At any rate, this is a very good pretext for returning to one of the best games of the decade.
Oct 18, 2021Mobius Digital has once again proven that they are masters of their craft. Echoes of the Eye carries on the legacy of Outer Wilds by delivering a riveting narrative told in a beautiful new world, paired with an excellent use of the main game's mechanics to deliver its story. While some parts of the DLC are frustrating in their implentation of horror elements, the option to make these parts easier, as well as the other parts of the game, make them worth going through.
Oct 16, 2021That's what makes Echoes of the Eye unmissable if you couldn't get enough of Outer Wilds. It manages to push you in new, challenging directions with puzzles that scratch the same part of your brain that the original did while not relying on the same tricks. It's a feat that shows the depth of design prowess Mobius Digital first flexed in its debut title, but stumbles slightly when it tries to redefine its means of progression in the final third. These are the weakest moments in all Outer Wilds, but they aren't enough to sully what this fantastic expansion adds to an adventure that still stands as captivating and engrossing.