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  • Summary: It's 1987 in North West England; A time of 80's British pop, grand architecture and political unrest. An explosion has triggered a controversial act which threatens to erode civil liberties of the population to be rushed into place. You are tasked with investigating and questioning people onIt's 1987 in North West England; A time of 80's British pop, grand architecture and political unrest. An explosion has triggered a controversial act which threatens to erode civil liberties of the population to be rushed into place. You are tasked with investigating and questioning people on their actions from a tumultuous night which resulted in the loss of many lives. Each person has a different account of the night's event and you must use the tools at your disposal to get the results you need for your investigation.

    Will you take the most direct route at the risk of getting caught, or plan your approach carefully whilst precious time ticks by? Events happen in real-time and you must make decisions based on the evidence. You are the reporter. You decide the narrative.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 90
    The Occupation is a charismatic mystery game, full of interesting game mechanics and writing that thrusts players into the midst of political turmoil.
  2. Jun 7, 2019
    75
    For those with the patience to navigate the corridors of office spaces looking for the correct crumpled-up note, or those captivated by the idea of a British political thriller in video game form, The Occupation may just be your cup of tea.
  3. Mar 11, 2019
    70
    The Occupation just seems to work against itself in a finale where unfamiliarity with the surroundings, the necessary puzzle solving, and a constant threat of danger leads you to an ending that feels like something you fell into instead of worked towards.
  4. Mar 11, 2019
    60
    A staggeringly ambitious, gun-free immersive reality detective game set in an alternate 1980s Britain, whose admirable intentions are undermined by technical problems.
  5. Edge Magazine
    Mar 28, 2019
    60
    The Occupation's design could take a few cues from its world when it comes to balancing the analogue and the digital. [Issue#331, p.112]
  6. Mar 4, 2019
    59
    There’s a compelling narrative here, and some wonderful performances from the voice cast, but an experience that had the potential to put me on the edge of my seat more often than not made me want to start throwing chairs. Through post-release patching The Occupation may yet be resurrected as a very good stealth-investigation experience, but at launch this innovative game about making the most of time is itself an opportunity missed.
  7. Mar 6, 2019
    40
    The Occupation doesn't live up to its promises. After one hour of investigation, the player won't even try to understand what's going on anymore, as the narration feels way too elusive. Not to mention all the technical issues (framerate drops, glitches) and the bland art direction. It's a shame, given the interesting themes mentioned in the game.

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  1. Apr 15, 2019
    6
    Trotz 80er-Setting ist derzeit wohl kaum ein Spiel näher am politischen Zeitgeschehen als The Occupation: Nachdem in London offenbar einTrotz 80er-Setting ist derzeit wohl kaum ein Spiel näher am politischen Zeitgeschehen als The Occupation: Nachdem in London offenbar ein Einwanderer eine Bombe gezündet hat und dabei 23 Menschen starben, schreit Großbritannien nach Vergeltung: Der sogenannte Union Act soll alle Migranten mit sofortiger Wirkung des Landes verweisen. UK versinkt im Chaos – während Ihr als investigativer Journalist am Tatort nach der Wahrheit sucht. Das geschieht in reiner Schleichmanier, ganz ohne Waffen – dafür mit umso mehr Zeitdruck. The Occupation läuft nämlich in Echtzeit: Während Ihr im Regierungsgebäude nach kompromittierenden Daten sucht, tickt erbarmungslos die Uhr – denn in nur vier Stunden müsst Ihr durch sein. In verschlossene Räume gelangt Ihr derweil wie in Dishonored: So besorgt Ihr Euch von irgendwo eine Schlüsselkarte, nutzt alternativ einen Lüftungsschacht – oder schlüpft mit der Reinigungskraft rein. Beim komplett verdeckten Ermitteln wird aus Spannung jedoch gerne Frust: Die künstliche Intelligenz der Security ist unberechenbar, es gibt keinen Indikator, ob man Euch sieht oder hört und Zwischenspeichern ist nicht. Dennoch ist das realistische und äußerst immersive Indiespiel für Genrefans ein Geheimtipp. Expand