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  • Summary: Observation is a sci-fi thriller uncovering what happened to Dr. Emma Fisher, and the crew of her mission, through the lens of the station’s artificial intelligence S.A.M. Players assume the role of S.A.M. by operating the station’s control systems, cameras, and tools to assist Emma inObservation is a sci-fi thriller uncovering what happened to Dr. Emma Fisher, and the crew of her mission, through the lens of the station’s artificial intelligence S.A.M. Players assume the role of S.A.M. by operating the station’s control systems, cameras, and tools to assist Emma in discovering what is happening to the station, the vanished crew, and S.A.M. himself. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 90
    We don't get many games that aspire to be true and honest works of art, but Observation is one.
  2. May 21, 2019
    90
    I ripped through Observation in one six-hour sitting, propelled forward by the novel blend of challenging puzzles and gripping storytelling. Though at first glance, Observation may appear to be your traditional first-person horror game, I’ve never played anything quite like it. Challenging and unnerving in equal measure, Observation shouldn’t be missed by anyone in search of a mind-bending and unsettling thrill.
  3. May 21, 2019
    80
    Observation uses the unfathomable vastness of space to wonderful effect, conjuring a palpable sense of both isolation and dread that rarely falters across the six or seven hours it'll take for you to see it though. Minor quibbles with some aspects of the storytelling and a couple of quality of life issues don't detract from what is an engrossing adventure that thrills far more frequently than it frustrates.
  4. May 21, 2019
    80
    No Code’s sophomore title nails the organic intricacies of feeling like an artificial intelligence system while also telling a compelling and ambitious science fiction narrative.
  5. May 22, 2019
    80
    Observation is a wonderful example of how to do focused, self-contained science-fiction storytelling in a game. It's well-written and clever, and nails the sci-fi tropes and aesthetics it both plays to and builds upon. It's a game that demands to be analyzed and thought about further once you're done with it, and while the internal world of the game is small, inhabiting it is a real pleasure.
  6. 75
    Observation does a lot of things correctly. Honing in on the isolation of space generates a wonderful tension on its own. Some pacing issues keep it from excellence, but there is plenty of appeal here for many different gaming preferences.
  7. May 21, 2019
    30
    2001 is hardly the most obvious movie to use as inspiration for a video game and perhaps predictably the end result suffers from slow-pacing and a lack of meaningful interaction.

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 24, 2019
    10
    I had played Stories Untold just last week. I was excited to hear that Observation was made by the same developer. I just finished the gameI had played Stories Untold just last week. I was excited to hear that Observation was made by the same developer. I just finished the game and it reminded me of a blend of 2001 Space Odyssey and Event Horizon. It was a story I didn't want to put down. A great story that you get to interact with. Expand
  2. May 24, 2019
    10
    Awesome game on PC and PS4. Lighting and atmosphere is great, I love the setting. The slow pace is awesome for building tension, i was very anxious!
  3. May 24, 2019
    9
    I have never seen a game quite like this. This game is practically a movie at this point. Amazing story and writing. It can be a little slowI have never seen a game quite like this. This game is practically a movie at this point. Amazing story and writing. It can be a little slow at times, but that kinda adds to the game. Expand
  4. May 21, 2019
    9
    This game is just awesome! I love it. A bit slow with the camera speed, but that's no big deal IMO.
    The atmosphere is gripping, the story
    This game is just awesome! I love it. A bit slow with the camera speed, but that's no big deal IMO.
    The atmosphere is gripping, the story interesting. The puzzles are sometimes a bit confusing, because most time there is no tutorial or specific information about what you have to do unless a small sentence in the menu.
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  5. May 22, 2019
    8
    It's a simple puzzle game at its core, but it's made unique by a compelling story that believably gives context to the gameplay.

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    It's a simple puzzle game at its core, but it's made unique by a compelling story that believably gives context to the gameplay.

    It does require some patience; I got stuck a few times and the plot is a bit of a mind bender, but the game's strengths greatly outweigh the few negatives and make it worth playing to the end.
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  6. May 22, 2019
    8
    Cool little science fiction game. Observation's concept is awesome, very well thought and (if not original) refreshing. Graphics are not topCool little science fiction game. Observation's concept is awesome, very well thought and (if not original) refreshing. Graphics are not top notch but the game looks pretty and has a very strong personality. Music, sound effects and voice acting are superb. In terms of gameplay (the aspect most people will complain about) it serves very well the story and stands in a middle ground between games like Firewatch and Portal. I think the gaming industry needs a lot more of little/medium games like Observation providing variety. Expand
  7. May 22, 2019
    8
    Good adventure sci-fi game based on situation caused on the international space station. Especially like mini games and space stationGood adventure sci-fi game based on situation caused on the international space station. Especially like mini games and space station atmosphere with investigations mechanic. A little bit strange why i cant not swith to the flyable sphere at any moment. My own rate is 8 out 10 for this kind type of games. Expand

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