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  • Summary: Discover who you are before it’s too late in The Inpatient; a PS VR Exclusive set in the Blackwood Sanatorium, over 60 years prior to the 2016 BAFTA award-winning Until Dawn. With deep immersion that places YOU in the game, you take on the role of an amnesiac inpatient who must find out whoDiscover who you are before it’s too late in The Inpatient; a PS VR Exclusive set in the Blackwood Sanatorium, over 60 years prior to the 2016 BAFTA award-winning Until Dawn. With deep immersion that places YOU in the game, you take on the role of an amnesiac inpatient who must find out who you are and why you are in the Sanatorium. With a branching narrative, and different endings; every choice you make can drastically affect the way the game plays out.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 57
  2. Negative: 5 out of 57
  1. Jan 26, 2018
    90
    It is chilling without being cheesy. Horrifying without being overt. Disturbing without being grotesque. I absolutely cannot wait to return to the Blackwood Sanatorium and make all the (right? wrong?) decisions this time around. The Inpatient is easily the most rewarding horror adventure to be had on the PSVR to date.
  2. The Inpatient is a good virtual reality game for the horror genre. If you are looking for a pure horror game you may be a bit upset, but if you like mysterious stories, where dialogue is important and you already have a Playstation VR, it would be an enjoyable adventure.
  3. Jan 24, 2018
    65
    Interesting yet limited VR game that puts you inside of an inmate in Blackwood Sanitorium, to experience a cinematic story that you can alter, but with little to no interactivity.
  4. 60
    An entertaining if ultimately shallow instalment in the Until Dawn series, being the most visually stunning PSVR title to date isn't quite enough for The Inpatient to overcome its sluggish pace and reductive game design.
  5. Feb 3, 2018
    60
    The Inpatient is very impressive at a few moments. Virtual reality, the sound effects and the voice controls make for an intense atmosphere, but the story feels a bit shattered.
  6. Jan 24, 2018
    55
    An incredible wasted opportunity.
  7. Jan 29, 2018
    20
    The Inpatient is one of the most disappointing games ever made. Even when detached from the excellent Until Dawn, on its own it's a shallow walking sim with glossy production values. This might be okay for a one and done play-through, if acquired for free, and even then it is hard to justify the cost of the time spent playing this husk of a game. This is at best a glorified and expensive demo reel for talented 3D artists and VR programmers - not really a game worth playing at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 8 out of 19
  1. Jan 23, 2018
    10
    The Inpatient is an immersive and dynamic experience. A must play, especially for the PSVR! Great story and visuals, impactful decisions, andThe Inpatient is an immersive and dynamic experience. A must play, especially for the PSVR! Great story and visuals, impactful decisions, and lots of twists and turns. Expand
  2. Jan 24, 2018
    10
    This game is another victim of the recent illness, that’s plaguing so called “professional reviewers” lately. The unability to judge a game byThis game is another victim of the recent illness, that’s plaguing so called “professional reviewers” lately. The unability to judge a game by its own merits instead of comparing it to other, different games. Just like amazing GT Sport was judged as something it never wanted to be, this game should not be compared to Until Dawn, even though it serves as a kind of a prequel which lets you experience the events in the sanatorium from a unique perspective.
    It might not be for everyone and 40,- might be a tenner too much for some, but there is replay-ability and I’d definitely recommend the game to anyone.
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  3. Mar 5, 2018
    6
    Graphics: 8.8 Sound: 9.0 Gameplay: 5.0 Fun/Story: 6.5

    Despite its high technically quality (graphics and sound are really good, near
    Graphics: 8.8 Sound: 9.0 Gameplay: 5.0 Fun/Story: 6.5

    Despite its high technically quality (graphics and sound are really good, near resident evil 7), the gameplay is really bad with errors in controls that spoils the experience at all. Despite that, this game reinforces the VR capabilities to terror games.
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  4. Feb 3, 2018
    5
    Introduction: The Inpatient is a VR chose your own adventure story game that takes place 60 years before the events of the hit game UntilIntroduction: The Inpatient is a VR chose your own adventure story game that takes place 60 years before the events of the hit game Until Dawn. Can this game stack up to the great Until Dawn and will the VR improve the game or hinder the overall cinematic feel of the story?

    Story: The Inpatient takes place in the Blackwood Pines Sanatorium, showing what event took place to lead to the infestation of Wendigo that we see in Until Dawn. You play as a nameless character that does not remember who they are or how they became a patient. That basically it for the story. The story is a catalyst to make a psychological horror game that does a good job at the start but quickly falls part by a second half that is filled with no scares, boring characters, and a disappointing and anti-climactic ending. The story only lasts for 2 hours and can be pretty short and daunting for a 40 dollar game.

    Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty simple, you have two ways of play. Choosing dialog and moving around an area and occasionally picking up collectibles. Choosing dialog can be interesting since you can choose said dialog by using the VR built-in microphone. Its bring immersion to the game and helps with the immersion of the character. Moving around on the hand is a chore. The left stick can only move you up and down and the right stick can only move the left and right. Since you can only move up and down with the left stick, I was repeatedly getting stuck on walls and other objects. If you even slightly click down on the right stick, you will turn in a 180 degree, which can be disorienting, especially if you keep repeating the mistake. While the voice option can help immerse you in the game, the movement for said character will slowly kill any immersion that the game try’s to build.

    Technical: This is graphically the best looking game on the PlayStation VR at the moment. Character look ultra-realistic and lighting and detail are fine-tuned. The sound design is generic and basic for a horror game. A lot of forced jump scars due to audio ques even though nothing scarring was happening on screen. A great looking game but that the only technical praise I can give it

    Verdict: The Inpatient has its moment of genuine horror near the beginning of the game but once it introduces its main cast, it turns in to a boring slog of a game. This is a $40 game that has the run-time of two hours and only charges that much for its replayability of different choices, too bad it’s not interesting after its first run. If you like Until Dawn or story-based games, wait for a price drop if you really want to play this game.

    Pros-
    +Realistic looking graphics
    +Scary and fun opening hour
    +Mic voice option for dialog adds to the immersion.

    Cons-
    -Terrible movement controls
    - Boring second half
    -Too boring and sluggish for
    multiple playthroughs
    -$40 for a two-hour game.
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  5. Jan 24, 2018
    4
    Unfortunately, this game is another "experiment" for virtual reality. Lenght is less than three hours. No puzzles. No enemies. Boring story.Unfortunately, this game is another "experiment" for virtual reality. Lenght is less than three hours. No puzzles. No enemies. Boring story. Bad controls. It has good visuals, but that does not make a game. Do not trust scores of 10 from fanboys, you are warned! Expand
  6. Jul 21, 2020
    4
    I’m a huge VR fan. I own multiple VR HMDs and this game had me so hyped since I enjoyed Until Dawn...sadly this game turned out to be theI’m a huge VR fan. I own multiple VR HMDs and this game had me so hyped since I enjoyed Until Dawn...sadly this game turned out to be the worst VR game as well as worst game in general that I played this gen. Very disappointing :( Expand
  7. Jul 26, 2020
    0
    Practically the decisions you make do not influence the game, basically it is a slightly better VR reality video, it is not worth buying the game.

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