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  • Summary: Combining third-person action and guided meditation, Waking is an emotional adventure through your dying mind. Battle the forces of oblivion, conjure the memories of loved ones, and join them in the fight for your life.
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Jul 7, 2020
    70
    Waking probably won't resonate with most - it's far too oblique and mixed for most, and it's complicated art for weirdos. But as one of those weirdos, I found Jason Oda's unique thesis on life, death, and everything between the two to be an engaging, engrossing, and challenging experience.
  2. Jun 16, 2020
    60
    Perhaps with a couple of in-depth quality-of-life updates, Waking can be something special. For now, the reality is its unique narrative is held back by some fundamental design oversights.
  3. 60
    In theory, Waking sounds like a fascinating project, with the game showing hints of delivering a highly tailored, personal and transformative experience. But what begins as an exercise for intimate self-reflection wound up becoming an increasingly detached experience for the player. By putting them into the game in the most literal sense, Waking fell short when it was unable to capture all the nuances of its impossible protagonist: yourself. While I admire the boldness of its vision, I simply couldn’t connect with the extent of its execution.
  4. Jun 29, 2020
    40
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Jul 1, 2020
    40
    They say never judge a book by the cover, as whats inside almost always is better than whats outside. In Waking's case however, the only pretty thing is the cover. Shallow and broken gameplay? Check. Bad controls? Check. Poor visuals? Check. Innovations?. Nowhere to be found. Worth a shot? Probably not.
  6. Jun 18, 2020
    30
    Waking will have you eager to wake up within the first few hours. Its compelling self-reflective narrative is overshadowed by some of the worse adventure mechanics and systems that I have played in quite some time. Perhaps the game should go through some self-reflecting of its own and figure out exactly what it wants to be because this is a complete mess.
  7. Jun 17, 2020
    20
    Avoid it at all costs and do almost literally anything else with your time.

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