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  • Summary: Assume the role of Angela Burnes, a US immigrant in a small Latin American country ruled by a military dictatorship. The year is 1972. You take care of the luxurious penthouse of Gabriel Ortega, once a week, an hour before sunset. And then a violent uprising breaks out in the metropolis below.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. Edge Magazine
    Jun 21, 2015
    90
    A quiet game within which burns a fierce revolutionary spirit. [July 2015, p.114]
  2. Jun 23, 2015
    85
    What starts out as merely unpacking boxes, very quickly begins to feel like more of a private peek into someone’s life.
  3. Jun 1, 2015
    80
    Tale of Tales is famous for their art meets games projects and those are not always as accessible. Sunset changes that, because you can pick it up easy. It offers a solid, clear story, without losing its power.
  4. May 29, 2015
    68
    Sunset's themes, setting, and plot are plenty interesting, but the player's interaction with them feels incongruous.
  5. May 27, 2015
    60
    Sunset has big ideas. At all times we have understood what Tales of Tales wanted to convey, but unfortunately, in few moments we’ve actually felt it. And there’s nothing more dangerous in a work than catching the creator's intentions rather than succumb to his deception and let yourself be fooled by its story.
  6. Jul 8, 2015
    55
    Sunset struggles with pacing, technical performance (movement is a tad wonky and it can run sluggish), and a disconnect between how its lead is written and, occasionally, what she does, player depending.
  7. Jun 25, 2015
    30
    Uninteresting and monotonous story, repetitive, minimalist gameplay, poor acting and complete lack of emotions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 8 out of 11
  1. Jul 3, 2015
    9
    I think people usually play other kind of game and it´s the reason because they don´t understand this game.
    Sunset is a narrative game, more
    I think people usually play other kind of game and it´s the reason because they don´t understand this game.
    Sunset is a narrative game, more like a graphic adventure game. You immerse yourself in a story, a atmosphere. The details are that discover to you more about the characters. It is not a game for thrill seekers, no doubt, BUT the atmosphere is very successful, and makes you feel distress in many times.. You're a woman living in a country in conflict. A war about to start. Soldiers break into the house. Bombs explode around you... The atmosphere in the seventies is wonderful and it have a lot of references to history, music, books, famous people... There are a really big and good job of environment and game history.
    It´s a very good recommendation for the video-game lovers. Not for the only-one-or-two-type-of-video-game lovers. ;)
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  2. Sep 13, 2018
    6
    Sunset has a great story to it. The problem is that is all that it has. It doesn’t even have a good way to tell that story and it doesn’t makeSunset has a great story to it. The problem is that is all that it has. It doesn’t even have a good way to tell that story and it doesn’t make up for it in any other way. It is very rough around the edges in that it has poor performance and some bugs even years after it’s launch. I enjoy walking sims myself, I loved Gone Home, Tacoma, The Station, etc but I couldn’t bring myself to enjoy Sunset.

    You start the game as an American engineer who is trapped in a foreign country during the start of a dictatorship. You have to take a job as a housekeeper for a wealthy man to make ends meet. As you perform your daily tasks the story unfolds from notes you find from your employer, radio broadcasts, hearing gunfire and bombs on the street below and your characters own voice as she goes over recent events. You can choose to either perform your tasks coldly to your employer or warmly and begin to grow as more than just an employee/employer to each other. This all sounds great but the tasks you are given take about 5-6 real world minutes to finish for each in game day and your option then is to end the day, which means you may miss some even on the street, radio or from your character or you can literally sit around letting the day play out for another 10-15 real world minutes. You can try to speed it up by sitting down or lying down but it still drags on. I think this game could have worked better as a visual novel rather than a first person game. It would have still had the great story but you could of bypassed the boring part of the days.

    Coupling the boring parts of the in game days is terrible performance drops and bugs. Once in a while the game would run at 50-70 FPS but it would usually be 15-20 which is downright terrible for my system. I also had the issue of falling through the world once. The game has had multiple patches since launch yet these issues still persist.

    The game lacks manual saves opting to save at the beginning of each day but each day is so short it wasn’t much of an issue. There were 9 graphics options to choose from and an FOV slider that went up to 90. The game wouldn’t save my resolution though. Every time I launched the game it would default me to 1280-720 and I would have to choose 1920*1080 each time. Alt-Tab also didn’t work for me.

    I played version 1.06 of the game that I got from the Humble Store and I played on Linux. I got the game on sale for $4.99 USD and I think even that was a tad high. I want to try to keep mentioning that the story was fantastic. The arc you see the main character, her boss, and just the spiral you can see the city go through was great but the game just lacked in so many other areas.

    My score: 6/10

    My system:

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 18.1.6 | Samsung 850 Evo 250GB | Solus 3 | Kernel 4.18.5-90.current
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  3. Jun 6, 2015
    5
    Hm - the idea of the game, the topic is mature, creative and really great. Its execution however is lackluster. While many other games focus aHm - the idea of the game, the topic is mature, creative and really great. Its execution however is lackluster. While many other games focus a little too much on visuals at the cost of gameplay - this game should have focused a little more on those. The main aspect of Sunset is to take the player in a certain mood-set ... and the fairly ugly visuals simply do not do the trick. This is not an issue of artistic execution or "its mature, so one can use ones imagination more.."

    So lets be clear about it - this game looks worse than "the Sims 2" in terms of proportions, detail and design.

    It is a rightful shame that such a great idea fails (fails in my opinion) because of the technical execution.

    a 8/10 for creativity - it is awesome to see novel ideas in such a saturated industry like the computer games industry
    but a 2/10 for execution - none of the enviroments (penthouses) feel remotely real in any aspect and rather remind me to very early computer graphics (like 90s - in terms of enviromental architecture - that is 3d modelling)
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  4. Jan 31, 2016
    1
    I really wanted to like this game, but the condescending protagonist made it impossible for me to empathize with her to any degree. Also theI really wanted to like this game, but the condescending protagonist made it impossible for me to empathize with her to any degree. Also the animations are pretty janky, the walk speed is unbelievably slow, and the how-to-play section patronizingly encourages me to "roleplay" as a poorly-written character, basically requesting players to somehow forcibly immerse themselves. Shouldn't the gameplay be what draws me in? Why do you have to tell me to invest in the character?

    Oh yeah, because she's horrible.

    The game has an interesting concept, great aesthetics, and a tight scope, but it's one of the most boring and pretentious games I've ever played, and I've played Dear Esther. Skip it unless you want to screengrab some cool color palettes.
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  5. Jun 16, 2015
    1
    Absolutely rubbish. I did like the look of the game however Game play is what matters and I took some peoples advice on wait till you're aAbsolutely rubbish. I did like the look of the game however Game play is what matters and I took some peoples advice on wait till you're a good bit into the game like about 12 -15 days and I believe it's the worst advice. Just don't get it. Expand
  6. Aug 1, 2015
    1
    First of all; Don't buy this game. Why? Because the developers had the thought that because it didn't get much sales, that gamers should, andFirst of all; Don't buy this game. Why? Because the developers had the thought that because it didn't get much sales, that gamers should, and I quote this directly from their Twitter "...May you die in the same agony that you caused to thousands of defenceless virtual animals.". So they are saying that if you are a gamer, they hope you die a horrible death. 1/10 Don't buy it. Expand
  7. HIV
    Jun 27, 2015
    0
    Haha always love to see people that live to push propaganda fail. In the USSR they called you "useful idiots". Keep making meaninglessHaha always love to see people that live to push propaganda fail. In the USSR they called you "useful idiots". Keep making meaningless computer games, nerds. Or don't. Expand

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