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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: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Jul 27, 2018
    10
    The storytelling and visual art are excellent. This game is a masterpiece. PS: One of the best mini - games "With Sword and Fire: Spiders".
  2. Aug 16, 2017
    10
    It really is Layers of Fear meets Blade Runner, the soundtrack is great, I love the graphics and the atmosphere, very unsettling use of analogIt really is Layers of Fear meets Blade Runner, the soundtrack is great, I love the graphics and the atmosphere, very unsettling use of analog video and retro-futuristic set-ups.

    On another note, the fps tends to drop even on the PS4 Pro. I used to think that there was screen-tearing but it's actually a feature of the game if you forget to take your Synchrozine Pill. 10/10 would accept Corporation-approved drug again. Insane cyberpunk dystopia that Philip K Dick could be proud of.
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  3. 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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  4. Aug 27, 2017
    8
    Really liked the game. Pretty cool Cyberpunk story and scenery. The games story is pretty interesting even though it was a little confusing atReally liked the game. Pretty cool Cyberpunk story and scenery. The games story is pretty interesting even though it was a little confusing at moments. Good voice acting and engaging/thrilling scenes make this one a good one. The game is sometimes really bad laggy though. But not all the time. 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 27, 2017
    6
    If I was grading this on PC it would be an easy 0 as it wasn't even functional. No in-game audio and progress froze before I could eve getIf I was grading this on PC it would be an easy 0 as it wasn't even functional. No in-game audio and progress froze before I could eve get out of my squad car. Refunded it immediately on Steam then bought on PS4. Still on my PS4 Pro it still had severe frame rate issues throughout the game.

    Game itself was ok at best IMO. Didn't really get a horror feeling, though there were a few cheap jump scares tossed in. Has a few areas where you must avoid a monster that pats around (typical horror game trope) almost exactly like in Outlast. A lot of the visuals were pretty crazy though, being high might make the game too much for you. Get it on sale, worth a walk through (80% of game is just a walking sim) if you're into the whole distopian, cyber-punkish scene.
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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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