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Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

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  • Summary: Pathologic Classic HD is an extensive remaster of the original game, featuring updated graphics and effects, while addressing the most prominent critiques of the original with a completely redone English script, brand new re-recorded voice-overs, and reinstated text and dialogue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. CD-Action
    Feb 4, 2016
    95
    Amazing story. Amazing experience. It’s amazing what games can become if we let them. Pathologic’s execution is very, very bad, but it is still one of the best games I have ever played. [01/2016, p.56]
  2. Nov 10, 2015
    90
    Everything a great horror game should be, with a fantastic story and a beautifully bleak world to explore.
  3. Nov 30, 2015
    80
    A powerful Russian existential classic, Pathologic returns in the first good official translation to ever appear in the West. Despite its outdated gameplay, graphics and some other annoyances, the game retains its power to amaze us and make us think. Recommended for connoisseurs and expert players.
  4. Nov 20, 2015
    74
    A strange, compelling game that the more you read about the more you're going to want to play it -- and there's no better way currently to do so than this HD version.
  5. Jan 4, 2016
    70
    Fans of great and unusual stories (but also games that do not give anything for free) should give Pathologic HD chance - they must just swallow the fact the visuals are obsolete and the gameplay is also quite minimalistic.
  6. Nov 19, 2015
    70
    Someone jumping into this game now and expecting something more refined or suitable to today’s standards will be disappointed. Yet for players familiar with the game or those willing to explore the dark world it presents, there is plenty of story and interesting moments to appreciate. Just go in knowing that it’s a relic of the past, and that it plays as such. Those ok with that will find that an interesting world awaits.
  7. Dec 11, 2015
    60
    Pathologic hasn't aged very well. It's biggest flaw? It's simply too slow and clunky.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 15, 2016
    10
    Definitely one of the best experiences i've ever had, the game manages to play with you, your expectations and your imagination the way fewDefinitely one of the best experiences i've ever had, the game manages to play with you, your expectations and your imagination the way few other games would. It is cruel yet exciting, and now with the translation fixed, it is a halfway-reasonable symbolic acid-trip that its story invokes. Sure, gameplay-wise it has the same limitations as the old version, so if you want something that works and acts like a 2016 game you might prefer waiting for the remake, which apparently will be on the market sometimes next year. Expand
  2. Jan 11, 2016
    10
    Igra prosto parajaet svoey atmosferoy, zastavlayetsa zadumaysa i peresmotret vzglyadi na jizn!
    Pishu translitom, ibo eto veselo.
    Kupil igru
    Igra prosto parajaet svoey atmosferoy, zastavlayetsa zadumaysa i peresmotret vzglyadi na jizn!
    Pishu translitom, ibo eto veselo.
    Kupil igru v steam i blagopoluchno v neyo poigral. Teper jdu pereizdanie igri, chtobi uznat igru v drugom svete. V svete novih tehnologiy i tehnicheskih osobennostei!
    Nado budet kstati ehe poigrat v "Knock-knock"...
    Ladno, dorogie moi zadroti, priyatnoy igri!
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  3. Sep 13, 2018
    10
    If anyone ever argues to you that video games aren't art, show them this game and give 'em the sand pest.
  4. Dec 31, 2019
    10
    Great narrative, a game different from all other stories better than the overrated The Witcher 3 and The last of us PLAY PLAY PLAY, game notGreat narrative, a game different from all other stories better than the overrated The Witcher 3 and The last of us PLAY PLAY PLAY, game not for idiots for whom the Witcher is the height of the story Expand
  5. Jan 27, 2016
    10
    this game should be priced as work of art!!!
    extremely original atmosphere, great dialogue,
    long and exciting gameplay! what are you
    this game should be priced as work of art!!!
    extremely original atmosphere, great dialogue,
    long and exciting gameplay!
    what are you waiting for!!!???????
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  6. Mar 31, 2018
    8
    Pathologic is a very interesting game: atmosphere, story, characters and dialogues are amazing. But the gameplay itself is very tedious andPathologic is a very interesting game: atmosphere, story, characters and dialogues are amazing. But the gameplay itself is very tedious and frustrating. Still I think Pathologic's merits outvalue its flaws. Expand
  7. Nov 30, 2015
    7
    Pathologic is an amazing piece of storytelling wrapped up in a clunky, infuriating package. It inspires both absolute hatred and thePathologic is an amazing piece of storytelling wrapped up in a clunky, infuriating package. It inspires both absolute hatred and the insatiable desire to know what will happen next.

    First, it gets a 9/10 for story and atmosphere. The environments are chilling, and it does a lot with a really old game engine. The plagued areas are absolutely chilling, and the atmospere feels ominous and tense. Plus, some of the stranger areas/fixtures properly invoke wonder and curiosity.

    Gameplay leaves much to be desired. I realize that this is an indie game, and it comes from an era where "scrappy mechanics" were common. However, Pathologic managed to collect ALL of them to make one of the hardest games I've ever played. Let's list some:
    -Fetch quests. It's made of them. They make a nice setting feel tiring over time.
    -Fast, sloppy combat-- and your attack animations are both random and inconsistently-timed. No weapon-switching.
    -Feels like a guide is required, often. The game often leaves you hanging.
    -Remember fetch quests? Have another.
    -The plague strikes randomly and unavoidably, like a plague.
    -There is no sprinting, and you walk super slow.
    -Fetch quests seem repetitive yet? Have another. Also, you have to walk all the way across town. Twice.
    -Do not start as the haruspex if you aren't ready for punishment; it's harder and skips the tutorial. The game doesn't warn you, either.

    These are simply the punishments you will endure if you become enthralled with this game's plot. Is it worth it? I'm not sure; what is certain is that you will need to be really, really patient to through the tasty, tasty story. You may want to look for a Let's Play instead.
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