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  • Summary: What would you do if your fears were hacked? The year is 2084. You are Daniel Lazarski, an elite neural detective known as an Observer, whose purpose is to hack and invade suspects’ minds. To gather evidence, you must relive their darkest fears, and, finally, face your own. From BlooberWhat would you do if your fears were hacked? The year is 2084. You are Daniel Lazarski, an elite neural detective known as an Observer, whose purpose is to hack and invade suspects’ minds. To gather evidence, you must relive their darkest fears, and, finally, face your own. From Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fear, >observer_ is a cyberpunk horror game designed to disturb you. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 15, 2017
    90
    Bloober has constructed a little game with a story that feels so much bigger than most Triple-As will manage this year. [Nov 2017, p.92]
  2. Aug 22, 2017
    90
    If you don’t like ‘walking sims’ then Observer isn’t going to change your mind, even if it does include some rudimentary detective work. However, if you like to be swept away by a story and pulled in to a world where every door has a new experience behind it, then close the curtains, turn off the lights, crank up the surround sound and immerse yourself in this great cyberpunk horror tale.
  3. Sep 13, 2017
    87
    If you like good, creepy atmosphere, a world that draws you in, and a well done narrative, then you should probably give this horror game a try. It’s smart and well done. And while it can be a bit predictable in story, it makes up for it with a good, well thought out presentation. I'm starting to feel like Bloober Team might be the place to go to get that pyschological horror fix. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for their next project.
  4. 80
    With Observer, Bloober Team have crafted an interesting, and often clever, sci-fi horror game. There’s a few tiny technical hitches, some detective work that feels a little too obscure, and a lead character voiced in an inconsistent manner, yet the strength of the game’s world-building, and execution of its memorable literal head trips, softens the blow considerably.
  5. Aug 21, 2017
    75
    Observer is a rather well done indie title with tons of style and appeal. Think Blade Runner‘s dystopian motif with Orwellian sensibilities and shades of Snatcher. Sign me up!
  6. Aug 21, 2017
    70
    Observer crafts an intriguing and richly detailed futuristic world but it's let down by awful performance issues as well as some drawn-out and tedious segments. If you're into the cyberpunk aesthetic, it's still worth a look just to experience its lovingly created environs. However, unless it gets a patch to fix its problems, you might be better off playing it on a high-end PC.
  7. Aug 21, 2017
    30
    Observer is rough. Some neat narrative beats and a beautifully presented cyberpunk world paired with an exceptional performance from Rutger Hauer end up being the only redeeming qualities present in this title. This is a game that, despite being short, feels overlong, due in part to some tedious and obnoxious gameplay segments, and some of the least subtle “horror” we’ve encountered in recent memory. Throw in a bevy of technical problems and a third act that is complete nonsense, and Observer is, at best, a bit of a mess. To call this game a letdown would be an understatement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. Aug 16, 2017
    10
    As soon as I realised this game was made by some polish developers I got curious. By experience most developers from Eastern Europe alwaysAs soon as I realised this game was made by some polish developers I got curious. By experience most developers from Eastern Europe always care a lot for a unique style, story and atmosphere and luckily I was not disappointed. A dystopian horror adventure with great character and a likeable protagonist! Sadly performance on PS4 isn't that great but ok for such a game.
    Do me a favour...watch the first hour or so in a let's play...if you like what you see buy it! Small developers who dare to bring us experiences like that deserve to be supported!
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  2. Aug 27, 2017
    10
    An awesome beautiful game. If you like cyberpunk; if you liked Blade Runner, the short story, movie, or game, you will love Observer. This isAn awesome beautiful game. If you like cyberpunk; if you liked Blade Runner, the short story, movie, or game, you will love Observer. This is a stylish, first person adventure. There are few games in the history of gaming, like it. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2019
    9
    Think phsychological psychadelic horror. Amazing horror with tons of puzzles/easter eggs and butt-clenchers, and I mean true effinThink phsychological psychadelic horror. Amazing horror with tons of puzzles/easter eggs and butt-clenchers, and I mean true effin buttclenchers,

    Only a few jumpscares compared to the constant, deep and inescapeable horror.
    I rarely like horror games as I don't like not being able to use defensive strategies, but in oberserver I felt nothing bad against the game that I coldn't attack. The aestethics are amazeballs, but if you are prone to seizures this is a game you should be careful playing.

    Great easter eggs and much to find for the thorough player, Even more to find for the thoughtful player.

    Aesthetics 9.5/10
    Atmosphere: 10/10 Bladerunner meet guillermo del toro
    Textures/Models: 9/10
    Audio/OST: 9/10 Great soundtrack, Menu soundtrack can get a bit loud though.
    Story: 9/10

    Gameplay: 8.5/10
    Puzzles: 8/10, ranging from very easy to challenging,
    Choice: 7/10, Most of the time you can make a choice, but sometimes you are unwillingly stifled.
    Easter Eggs: 10/10.
    Mechanics: 7/10, left some to be desired.

    Overall: 9/10
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  4. May 21, 2020
    7
    Big improvement from Layers of Fear! Engaging story, good gameplay mechanics and cool visuals. At some point I felt like there was too muchBig improvement from Layers of Fear! Engaging story, good gameplay mechanics and cool visuals. At some point I felt like there was too much going on and felt there were too many nightmare sequences. Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2018
    7
    What is wrong with the performance the frame rate drops and frame rate stuttering on the standard PS4? Coming off the back of just playing andWhat is wrong with the performance the frame rate drops and frame rate stuttering on the standard PS4? Coming off the back of just playing and finishing Soma by Frictional games I think they do the spooky/creepy walking simulator with a few puzzles thrown into the mix better. The lacking part is the main local which is just plodding around small tiny corridors knocking on doors talking to people through just a intercom service. The game does kick up a gear now and again and that is when the Observer, becomes really stylish and interesting. 11/10 clever move for the developers getting an iconic cyberpunk actor from Blade Runner as the playable character in a cyberpunk game. When I really think about it? I bought the game based solely on the fact he was in it. I can't say I am disappointed with my purchase. Expand
  6. Aug 29, 2017
    6
    Observer is an indie cyberpunk survival horror game that stars famed actor Rutger Hauer who is famous for playing Roy in Blade Runner. BladeObserver is an indie cyberpunk survival horror game that stars famed actor Rutger Hauer who is famous for playing Roy in Blade Runner. Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies of all time and as a fan of survival horrors games I was thrilled to play Observer. Sadly, Observer seems to get the cyberpunk atmosphere mostly down but suffers from frustrating gameplay sections at times and a plot that seems like it is going to tell a philosophical story but instead opts to tell a simple murder mystery rather than a thought provoking story that I was hoping for. Let’s start with the positives. Observer has pretty great visuals for an indie game. The graphics are detailed and gritty and show the neon soaked streets of the game’s setting of Krakow Poland. The game is also atmospheric and can be very tense at times putting the player on edge. Observer tells a very creative story about a world destroyed by a terrible war that caused Krakow to be the only remaining main city in the world. The city is controlled by a corporation that profited from the war. You play as Daniel Lazarski who is an Observer a special detective that works for the corporation’s police force who has the ability the hack into the minds of others. He is given an emergency call from his son telling him that he needs his help. Daniel tracks his son’s signal down to an apartment in the bad part of town and the mystery begins. Overall the story is good and toys with many interesting concepts such as what it is to be human, the dangers of technology, the threat of unchecked capitalism, and privacy in the digital world. The game is well written and the dialogue between the tenets of the apartment building are interesting and thought provoking. Despite the game’s twist and turns Observer ends on a basic horror twist ending and makes the events that have just happened feel meaningless. The gameplay in Observer is very basic which mostly gets the job done. The player is tasked with investigating crime scenes and hacking the minds of people throughout the game. The player can switch between Daniel’s two visions to organic or inorganic material. The gameplay will sometimes do something different and ends up failing such as hide and seek sections and scripted moments where you forced to solve puzzles which can be frustrating. The game also does a poor job of letting the player know where to go. Often the player is forced to just wander around and randomly button mash to see what will happen next. Observer is a decent experience that has a great atmosphere, plays decently when the game isn’t forcing failed gameplay experiments on the player, and tells a compelling story that sadly ends on a sour note.

    6/10: Above Average
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  7. Sep 11, 2017
    0
    DO NOT BUY! GAME-BREAKING BUGS!

    While Observer has an intriguing plot and great atmosphere, it also has *serious* bugs that, if they come
    DO NOT BUY! GAME-BREAKING BUGS!

    While Observer has an intriguing plot and great atmosphere, it also has *serious* bugs that, if they come up, can make it impossible to progress in the story. Since the game has only a single, continually-updating autosave, whenever you encounter one of these bugs, you have to RESTART THE ENTIRE GAME FROM THE BEGINNING. I ran into one of these when I was maybe 80% completed.

    It is unforgivable for any software studio to release a title in this state. Maybe they'll patch it up eventually, but for now, save your $30 for a game that isn't going to suddenly stop working when you're most of the way through it.
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