Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. May 23, 2022
    100
    Ultra Deluxe is easily going to be one of the finest gaming experiences of the year, despite its short length relative to most. This is a game that gets in, says exactly what its creators wanted to say, and then gets out…maybe. The most ridiculous elements of the original are still perfectly preserved here, and then amplified in the new content, letting the player experience exactly what they want to. I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.
  2. May 7, 2022
    100
    The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe might joke about overly aggrandizing reviews, but it’s one of the few games that’s actually deserving of one. For all its smugness, I’d love to sit here and tell you that The Stanley Parable is pretentious and full of shit, but it earns every right to its pretension. And I for one and so glad I’m here to see it. There’s a reason it’s considered one of the best games of all time.
  3. May 2, 2022
    100
    The 2022 release adds an Ultra Deluxe desert to the menu, elevating the night out from a lovely dinner to an indulgent feast. It’s a dining experience worth returning to for fans who already count The Stanley Parable among their favourite meals, balanced with providing the perfect place for new players to take a chance on something different. Regardless of which door you enter, the philosophical taste is likely to linger long after you’re finished.
  4. 95
    Thinking of The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe as just a remaster or a sequel to the original would be doing it an immense disservice. Yes, it's The Stanley Parable with more content and on new platforms. But it's also much more than that: it's a criticism of the industry's over-reliance on DLCs and sequel, it's a tale that makes us reflect on what videogames are and should be, and it's a powerful window on Davey Wreden's evolution since the original. Unmissable.
  5. May 19, 2022
    90
    The Stanley Parable once again charmed me with its narrative and its constant toying with the player. There’s not much game in it but despite that (or maybe because of that) it says a lot about other games and gamers. It’s a brilliant, one-of-a-kind title, now available in a richer, longer version.
  6. May 7, 2022
    90
    Always ingenious, funny and captivating, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is definitely worth lingering over again in 2013's cult experience. Today, it still expands with a level-design that is still clever and surprising. And what a pleasure to rediscover the implacable humor of the narrator.
  7. May 6, 2022
    90
    While it may not be as truly groundbreaking as the original, The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe is a must-play for fans of the original – and if you’ve never experienced the game, it’s the perfect place to learn what made the original so brilliant while finding a number of new twists.
  8. May 3, 2022
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  9. May 2, 2022
    90
    The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe is an adventure that continues to surprise after years. It is a journey into the human mind that manages to entertain, make people laugh and think at the same time.
  10. Apr 27, 2022
    90
    The Stanley Parable’s base game truly holds up almost a decade later, both in its hilarious narrated writing and the clever satire that houses it. Ultra Deluxe may seem like little more than a decent lighting improvement and a simple console port on the surface, but the new content that’s been added alongside those things is on the scale of a whole new game. Those new encounters are consistently impressive and always entertaining, even if the feeling that we’ve seen some of these tricks before means they never quite reached the heights of my first surprising playthrough back in 2013. But if you’ve never played The Stanley Parable at all, Ultra Deluxe is a definitive version that provides another extremely convincing reason to do so.
  11. Apr 27, 2022
    88
    A delightful update that fills the original game with even more humorous and thoughtful rabbit holes to get lost in.
  12. Apr 28, 2022
    85
    Would you like an inexpensive getaway from the video game matrix for a few hours? Here's your ticket.
  13. Edge Magazine
    May 19, 2022
    80
    Most importantly, the old jokes are still funny. [Issue#372, p.116]
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  1. Apr 27, 2022
    TSP:UD is better equipped than its predecessor to offer a substantial comedic reward when messing with players' apparent choices (or lack thereof). Between novel camera cuts and out-of-nowhere environment transformations, the game constantly shows how development studio Crows Crows Crows has only gotten better at this stuff after both the original game and the madcap nonsense of Accounting. [Ars Technica Approved]
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 63
  2. Negative: 6 out of 63
  1. Apr 29, 2022
    10
    i like the bucket. good bucket. mm. bucket. so calming. so tranquil. you musn't go now. give me the bucket.
  2. Apr 29, 2022
    10
    Absolute breathtaking. As someone who enjoyed the original Stanley Parable, I was excited for the new content that would come from thisAbsolute breathtaking. As someone who enjoyed the original Stanley Parable, I was excited for the new content that would come from this remake. And it truly surprised me in more ways than one. The Stanley Parable 59: The Cursed Closet Room was my fav sequel. Full Review »
  3. May 7, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. A triumph in the fields of analytic number theory and fashion design.
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