Playstation Official Magazine AustraliaMar 31, 2016Don’t look at its brevity with a frown: Gone Home is a hugely important game with something meaningful to say. [April 2016, p74]
Apr 9, 2016It’s a shame that Gone Home is a bit of a non-starter. It has a lot of potential; the game is genuinely captivating whilst you’re playing it – it’s just unfortunate that it leaves you so disappointed once you’ve reached its conclusion. The human story it tries to tell is relatable, but it’s a story that’s so ordinary it’s barely even worth telling. By all means, play Gone Home for the exploration; for the 90’s nostalgia and for its down-to-Earth quirks, but don’t go into it expecting anything mindblowing. Expect a grounded story about a typical family and you won’t be disappointed, but anything else will leave you feeling rather underwhelmed.
Awards & Rankings
Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 449 Ratings
Jan 12, 2016I can't stress this enough - if you have never played this game - DON'T. It is possibly the highest rated piece of garbage ever released.I can't stress this enough - if you have never played this game - DON'T. It is possibly the highest rated piece of garbage ever released. The professional critics are dead wrong - under two hours of 'game play' which would be forgiveable if it was awesome, it however is an uneventful shi+ show. Seriously, watch a play through on you tube if you don't believe me. I do this as a public service - this game is trash.… Full Review »
Feb 27, 2016This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The absolute only reason this game was well received was because it has atmosphere, and centers around a lesbian relationship in a non exploitative way.
My experience of playing this game was one of very high initial hopes, slowly fading into resignation to the fact that game wasn't going to do anything more than it had already presented. Purely from a presentation standpoint, there's every reason to think it might be great when you first start out. It's got great voice acting, and a very quiet tension like you're actually in this house and learning whatever it might have to tell you. Unfortunately all it has to tell you is that the daughter is a lesbian, the father is a failed writer, and the mother has the hots for some dude at work. That's it. That's the game.
The developers of this game clearly thought that having the player walk through a house and figure out some girl was a lesbian was enough narrative to complete a story, but it isn't. It's relevant, and unusual, and of-the-times. But it's not the basis of a game worth playing, let alone one you would pay $20 for.
If there's any silver lining here, it's that indie developers in the future might look to this game and gain some inspiration as to what can be done with a very minimalist environment and story-telling approach like this. I just hope those developers come up with an interesting story.… Full Review »
Mar 9, 2016Total waste of money. Nothing but a walking simulator. Just walk around and click on stuff until you get tired and ask for your money back.Total waste of money. Nothing but a walking simulator. Just walk around and click on stuff until you get tired and ask for your money back. Not worth it at any cost. If the game was free, it would cost too much. They should have a refund button on the main menu.… Full Review »