Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mar 11, 2019
    85
    The Occupation is a great experience that will have you breaking a sweat as you attempt to use every last second you have to discover the truth about the Turing Incident.
  2. Mar 4, 2019
    85
    There’s a lot to love with The Occupation. It’s got humanity, tension, and plenty of little touches that make finding that extra bit of information exciting without the usual violence you’ve come to expect from stealth games. However, its focus on no manual saving and real-time gameplay will be a dealbreaker. It’s not for everyone, but anyone craving consequence and narrative in their stealth game will find a challenge worth facing.
  3. Apr 12, 2019
    80
    The Occupation presents a hidden gem of the investigative puzzle genre, with it’s approach to gameplay and storytelling. Despite its annoying bugs and huge technical problems, with certain fixes on that part, it presents itself as near-masterpiece of an experience.
  4. Mar 11, 2019
    80
    The Occupation is a remarkable vintage mystery with a high degree of player freedom, flexible story and moments of real thrill. The narrative will suck you in, the peculiar stealth system and 80s atmosphere will keep you there.
  5. Mar 11, 2019
    80
    From the last effort of White paper games emerges a highly political, exquisitely interactive, courageous work in being perhaps late with technical standards, but fresh and original in the formula play.
  6. Mar 7, 2019
    80
    Of course, it seems churlish to complain too much about a game I'm enjoying enough to willingly replaying it again and again to explore every facet of its story.
  7. Mar 12, 2019
    72
    Freeform investigation with multiple outcomes is scarcely as good as it is in The Occupation, so it’s disappointing to see it paired with clunky stealth and an unwillingness to give players enough time to find the game’s best-kept secrets.
  8. Mar 19, 2019
    71
    The Occupation is an intriguing video game with some cool gameplay mechanics, but it’s flawed by many issues.
  9. May 26, 2019
    70
    The Occupation, albeit at times coarse and overly eager to test your basic motor reflexes, enthralls with dozens of small details, nuanced environments, choice-based gameplay and good audio.
  10. Mar 4, 2019
    70
    The Occupation is a game of intriguing ideas and sublime atmosphere; the tension of its real-time thrills gives way to a romance with journalistic sleuthing.
  11. Mar 10, 2019
    68
    With eight more months of development, The Occupation could have been the indie breakout hit suggested by glimpses of its brilliant bones throughout the experience.Technical issues and a punishing save mechanic take the joy of experimentation and exploration away from a game that could have been so much more.
  12. Mar 4, 2019
    67
    An occasionally brilliant immersive sim blighted by bugs and a restrictive save system.
  13. Mar 22, 2019
    65
    White Paper Games had the courage to try new things in an era where everything looks like it’s repeating itself and everyone one another. Some development choices and many bugs though keep Occupation from being a great game.
  14. Mar 24, 2019
    60
    Despite a nice and complex scenario, and a quite original concept, The Occupation has many flaws, from many technical issues to an imperfect AI. Most players won’t see all the different endings because of this.
  15. 60
    The Occupation is one of the most elaborately designed games I’ve played in years, delivering heaps of atmosphere and enthralling puzzle-solving and exploration. The ambition here is palpable. Unfortunately, there are just too many moving parts at work, and they seemingly got the better of the small but clearly passionate team at White Paper Games. In time, I’d like to believe, The Occupation will be amazing. But I can’t, in good faith, recommend it in its current state.
  16. Mar 4, 2019
    59
    The Occupation is an investigation game that tries to make every second count but is ultimately a missed opportunity.
  17. Mar 4, 2019
    55
    The Occupation structures itself in an interesting way, sets a unique tone, and toys with some potent topics, but lacks the depth or polish needed to live up to its potential. Like a disappointing newspaper article, you’re left with more questions than answers and wishing somebody would do the subject proper justice. The Occupation is, unfortunately, pretty vacant.
  18. May 1, 2019
    50
    A great idea executed in a mediocre way. If you can deal with the lack of polish, there is an interesting game here.
  19. Apr 10, 2019
    50
    There’s a fair bit of fun to be had sneaking about the workplace in this first-person fixed-time thriller at first, but The Occupation ends up overstaying its welcome due to some clumsy implementation.
  20. Mar 4, 2019
    50
    The Occupation tries to present itself as a political thriller emphasizing stealth. Sadly, it has neither the thrills nor the mechanics to manage either.
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  1. Mar 4, 2019
    Playing The Occupation is like puzzling over a dense little knot of tangled priorities, information, and pressures. It’s tense to play through, and even more fun to go back and try the process again, armed with information from previous runs. The game can be bleak, and the stakes are high, but there’s still a pleasure to be had at figuring out a system and carefully dismantling it via subterfuge, cleverness, and patience. [Polygon Recommends]
  2. The nicest layer of the flawed lasagne: being a sneakf.ck and listening to voicemails that don’t belong to you. And then, presumably, getting a chat show in America and a job on morning TV.
User Score
3.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 15 out of 24
  1. Feb 9, 2020
    3
    It is a great game. Wonderful atmosphere and story - BUT: It has a lot of bugs, crashes and translation issues on my PS4. It is a real shameIt is a great game. Wonderful atmosphere and story - BUT: It has a lot of bugs, crashes and translation issues on my PS4. It is a real shame because it could be an 9/10 game for me but the technical issues are destroying any real fun while playing it. Full Review »
  2. Nov 28, 2019
    3
    Should be free game or a demo. Completed it within a couple of hours.
    Its an interesting concept and displays the banal world of 80's
    Should be free game or a demo. Completed it within a couple of hours.
    Its an interesting concept and displays the banal world of 80's political tension and in-house beurocracy quite well.
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  3. Apr 11, 2019
    7
    This game is not easy to recommend to everyone because it's not very accessible to a lot of people, and there are some issues (bugs andThis game is not easy to recommend to everyone because it's not very accessible to a lot of people, and there are some issues (bugs and disjointed story), but I really like a lot of the things they did, and I can certainly appreciate what they were going for. I think it’s a pretty good game that’s worth checking out if your at all interested, even just for that fantastic first level. Maybe not for the price of $30 but it will probably be on sale soon, as it doesn’t seem to have sold too well. Which is unfortunate, because I think it’s really unique, and I think more people would enjoy it, despite it’s issues. Full Review »