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  • Summary: Players use dance moves to traverse vast environments filled with platforming challenges in an introspective story that is revealed through powerful metaphor and imagery. [Plastic]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 62
  2. Negative: 2 out of 62
  1. 100
    Bound isn’t going to be an eSport, and doesn’t really care about that. Nor is Bound for people looking to unwind after a hard day’s work with passive entertainment. There’s nothing wrong with games being either of those things, but Bound is for a third audience; it’s for the people that want something thoughtful, meaningful, and intelligent.
  2. Aug 15, 2016
    80
    Bound is easily one of the most stunning games to release on PS4, and if you’re searching for something a little different I heartily recommend it.
  3. Aug 16, 2016
    80
    Unlike any other game on the PS4. Probably the most artfully executed game you'll experience this summer.
  4. Aug 15, 2016
    70
    Despite being a relatively-simple 3D platformer, Bound’s fantastic sense of movement and strange, dream-like world make it utterly unique. It’s a testament to phenomenal controls and sense of grace that I was able to set aside the camera and design flaws, and fully immerse myself in this strange, beautiful story.
  5. Aug 24, 2016
    70
    Movement here isn't just treated as a necessity of the gameplay, but as an expression of joy and healing.
  6. Aug 26, 2016
    67
    But, despite all its flaws, Bound is undoubtedly a celebration of the female form, both physically and spiritually. And, for that, it could be said to be a game better viewed as one to experience rather than to play, and the fact that it tries to encompass so many deep psychological metaphors in the videogame format is an ambition worth praising.
  7. Aug 26, 2016
    42
    It may be nice to look it, but it's not all that fun to play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. Aug 2, 2017
    10
    In virtual reality, this game is astounding. The addition of a following camera in a later update was a very welcome change, and brought theIn virtual reality, this game is astounding. The addition of a following camera in a later update was a very welcome change, and brought the game to my top 5 list of PSVR games.

    First of all, visually this game is amazing. The simple graphics help to keep it running at 60fps and beyond, as well as keep the beautiful imagery crisp even looking at objects from a distance. While the game is relatively short at 2-3 hours, every minute of it is captivating and it is no secret that it was meant to be played all in one go as if it were a film.

    The animations of the main protagonist help me appreciate motion capture technology as it is today. Every movement from the character was graceful, moving, and fluid. This also keeps the game from getting boring, as every second felt like an art piece of its own.

    The charming landscapes, while perhaps lost when the game is played in 2D, are quite the sight in VR. Stopping to admire the the breathing, flowing landscape and the simple shapes that made up the world in VR extended the game by a good bit for me. The whole game there was a sense of being in that world despite it being in the third person. While the landscapes were simple, they were breathtaking and I think the simplistic nature contributed to what made the game great.

    The metaphorical beauty of it is what really makes Bound shine. The satisfaction of every parallel and flashback in the game all coming together into a coherent story is unforgetable, and even though it ends simply, it does so gracefully and relatably.

    For $20 it is a must buy if you have a Playstation VR headset, and it may even be worth it on the flatscreen if you can appreciate beautiful landscapes, animations, and narrative in a shorter game. It isn't too replayable, but I played it thrice: once on the flatscreen and twice in VR. And even though I have finished it, I plan on sharing it with friends so they can also appreciate the beauty of it.

    I will say that anyone who discredits or criticizes this game should at least experience it in virtual reality. Even though it existed without VR support for a good while before the PSVR came out, it is immediately made clear when putting on the headset that the two are a match made in heaven. Being up close with the landscapes and characters adds to the experience in a huge way, and though this game isn't for everyone, in brilliant virtual reality one cannot deny the beauty of it all.
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  2. Oct 17, 2016
    10
    you need to play this in VR, this is absolutely amazing, it kind of reminds me of the cell movie, you are stuck in a world you don't know,you need to play this in VR, this is absolutely amazing, it kind of reminds me of the cell movie, you are stuck in a world you don't know, it's psychedelic a bit frightening and absolutely stunning.. visuals and sound top notch as well Expand
  3. Aug 16, 2016
    10
    This game has an incredible beauty, each pixel and well used , the game despite seem boring and a lot of fun , the graphics are very good, theThis game has an incredible beauty, each pixel and well used , the game despite seem boring and a lot of fun , the graphics are very good, the story does not lack , the gameplay is simple and magnificent , my score is 10. Expand
  4. Nov 11, 2017
    8
    Bound is one of the greatest "experiences" in gaming, even though it doesn't rank as high as thatgamecompany's unforgettable Journey.

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    Bound is one of the greatest "experiences" in gaming, even though it doesn't rank as high as thatgamecompany's unforgettable Journey.

    The visuals on display are marvelous (I happen to appreciate abstract art), with weird floating shapes forming the surroundings, but the main character's motions are simply beautiful. The player controls a young woman who traverses the levels in the most graceful way I have ever seen in videogames, she constantly moves like a ballerina, and thanks to advanced motion capture technology her animations are astounding. The game always runs at 60 fps, and the photo mode is one of the best on PS4, plus the game's art style lets the player capture some really awesome photos.

    Bound tells a barebones story with no real dialogue nor cut-scenes, it only provides visual hints through what I believe to be memory fragments of the female protagonist. The game takes place both in the surreal world but also in the real one. I won't spoil the details, but I think the "real world" sections break the game's pace and should have either been improved or removed.

    Gameplay-wise the game is very simple, I danced through the game's levels but unlike other walking simulators I enjoyed doing this. But the game can become a bit boring when there is so little to actually do. And it can't match Journey's powerful impact on the player. Even though Bound lasts only a few hours, I 'd suggest people play it for 1 hour or so at a time.

    On the downside, Bound has a few bugs/glitches. For instance, when jumping from an aerial ball to a platform I jumped low and clipped through the wall, I was stuck there for a few minutes before I was popped out by the game's engine and continued my journey. Also it's very easy to fall off a platform's edge, especially during sections involving numerous jumps.

    Finally, Bound supports Playstation VR, but since I don't have the headset I can't judge the VR mode.

    All in all, Bound is a great experience. Anyone who enjoys art and wants to experience something different, should play this game.
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  5. Aug 19, 2016
    7
    Bound
    beautiful and dull at the same time
    In bound you play as a dancer who has to save the kingdom from a monster… This is a platforming
    Bound
    beautiful and dull at the same time
    In bound you play as a dancer who has to save the kingdom from a monster…
    This is a platforming game where you adventure through 6 gorgeous and ever changing levels….
    These levels are great to look at and a joy to experience and complete as they unfold in front of you initially but ultimately I found no real substance here…
    These levels aren’t very challenging other than when solid platforms will for some reason not be solid causing you to unfairly fall through, good luck with that no deaths trophy.. and I didn’t really find them fun either… just different…
    Your character clearly has grace, and dancing around the levels are such a change from what youre used to that a smile will uncontrollably appear on your face…but once this feeling wears off in about 15 minutes… youll come to realize movement is just not satisfying in terms of functionality… its almost like that running through water feeling….
    Youll occasionally have to dance to stop these shards from slowing down your character which slows progress down even more… and this is really the only obstacle in the game.. dance through pain
    At the end of each level you get more to the story… which is fun to uncover…
    This is one of those games you play once and forget… and unfortunately the developers of this game lack any self awareness as the entire trophy list is one of those forced replay trophy lists…
    Not only is this lack of self awareness made apparent in the trophy list, but in the game itself as you unlock a speed run mode after you complete it…
    This game is only 2 hours long so im not surprised.. but this isn’t the type of game for that…
    During an organic run I only got 1 trophy for finding a secret area in the final level.. final… secret…
    meaning theres a chance you can beat the entire game with a big fat goose egg in your trophy collection which id honestly prefer since I could at least delete it…
    Other than a couple secrets, everything comes down to speed running…
    Beat this level under this time.. beat the game under this time, beat the game in a different order, beat the game without dying… in a game that just isn’t fun to play and feels like youre running through water…
    It’s a garbage list and a garbage package…
    Bound is far from a bad game…
    Its decent.. its just that the experience is better than the game and the developers seem blind to this fact leaving the overall package to feel like a bit of a disappointment..
    I give bound a 7/10
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  6. May 28, 2017
    5
    Bound is a commendable failure. The game's intriguing and unique art design cannot save its lacklustre story and gameplay, which attempts toBound is a commendable failure. The game's intriguing and unique art design cannot save its lacklustre story and gameplay, which attempts to pull the player's heartstrings but falls short. Expand
  7. Jun 17, 2018
    2
    It looks nice (in the dream world) and the animations were fantastic...however, everything else was so boring that I almost fell asleep whileIt looks nice (in the dream world) and the animations were fantastic...however, everything else was so boring that I almost fell asleep while "playing". All you do is walk in this game. You walk through the same locations over and over until the end, that's it. Sure, there is a story of sorts, but it never drew me in at all. Especially because the story cut scenes and "game-play" sections were horrendous in game-play and in the way they looked. Don't recommend this at all. Expand

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