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  • Summary: Separation is a first-person adventure at its most ambient and atmospheric. A meditation on solitude, loss, and the spiritual path, Separation is a unique journey to a place of epic desolation. Featuring a sublime electronic soundtrack by Vector Lovers, Separation is the ultimate chill out trip.
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  1. Apr 3, 2020
    70
    Separation offers two to three hours of exploration and puzzle solving into a moody but charming and strange world that only VR technology can deliver.
  2. 70
    For what it is, Separation is an enjoyable couple of hours. Its graphics may not be the best on the platform and its gameplay may be a bit on the thin side but what you are left with is a very bleak and personal journey. A journey through a barren landscape set to an amazing soundtrack that constantly propels you onward to your goal. It is a relaxing experience that I think most players will enjoy.
  3. Mar 11, 2020
    70
    More than a game, Separation is a poignant testimony entirely conceived and developed by a single man, bruised and suffering from depression following the loss of a loved one. Martin Wheeler simply opened his heart to tell us about the evil that consumed him, in the form of a PlayStation VR game that deserves our attention.
  4. 60
    Separation isn’t likely to garner a lot of attention. It’s not flashy and is definitely indie (developer Recluse Industries is really just one guy), but there’s a distinct appeal to a game where the whole point is to soak up a moody, solitary, and evocative atmosphere. There’s no explanation or tutorial to sit through, the game just starts with a simple message and lets the player figure things out on their own. It’s not a bad way to spend a few hours, but probably not a game that will linger on your hard drive either.
  5. Mar 12, 2020
    60
    Although its atmosphere is spot-on and its gameplay is rewarding, Separation doesn't quite reach the highs of similar VR experiences.
  6. Mar 4, 2020
    60
    Seeing that Wheeler created Separation by himself over a period of four years is an impressive accomplishment, especially considering the subject matter which inspired the experience. The atmospheric visuals and soundtrack are what carry Separation, reminiscent of titles like ICO. However, it becomes a little too monotonous and at times the emotion the title tries to portray feels indistinct as if it has lost its own way in this vast open landscape.
  7. Mar 3, 2020
    40
    Separation is a game with something to say, it just spends too long trying to say it. While I wanted to fall for its wistful mountain climbs and poignant canyon descents, I became too frustrated with its tedious core treasure hunt to stop and pay its wider implications much mind. I suspect that some will make those connections, lost in the game’s alluring fog, but many more will be done with this pilgrimage long before it’s over.

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  1. Mar 11, 2020
    10
    A beautiful game, hard to understand without knowing the creator story but so immersive... The music is fantastic and it's a pleasure to liveA beautiful game, hard to understand without knowing the creator story but so immersive... The music is fantastic and it's a pleasure to live it from beginning to the end. This bad user score (3 negatives from nowhere) is undeserved. Expand
  2. Apr 29, 2020
    6
    The most astonishing fact about this game, is that it was made by one person (beside the music). And the most disappointing fact are theThe most astonishing fact about this game, is that it was made by one person (beside the music). And the most disappointing fact are the graphics, which could be from the midst 90s. If not played in VR-Mode, I couldn't recommend it at all, as on a flat 2D-Screen there is actually no reason to play this. Even in VR-Mode, the immersion lacks quite often as the absence of details and bold, blurry visuals ruin everything.

    Unfortunately, really, what the maker tries to build up is awesome, sound/music is great, but it's just like a raw version of what this should have become and in the end I really had to force myself to finish it. I can only recommend to wait when it's on sale - as a tryout, it's certainly overpriced for what it delivers at the moment.
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