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  • Summary: In The Talos Principle, players assume the role of a sentient artificial intelligence placed within a simulation of humanity?s greatest ruins and linked together through an arcane cathedral. Players are tasked with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles woven into a metaphysicalIn The Talos Principle, players assume the role of a sentient artificial intelligence placed within a simulation of humanity?s greatest ruins and linked together through an arcane cathedral. Players are tasked with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles woven into a metaphysical parable about intelligence and meaning in an inevitably doomed world. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
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  1. Oct 22, 2015
    100
    Even with high expectations going in The Talos Principle still blew me away. Through excellent puzzle design and a thought provoking narrative this easily stands among some of my favorites games this year.
  2. Oct 22, 2015
    95
    The Talos Principle is an essential game that every video game lover needs to add to their collection. Intrusive puzzles, a mysterious story and some philosophical questions about consciousness and being a human.
  3. Oct 6, 2015
    90
    The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition is a fantastic package of two great first-person puzzlers.
  4. Oct 7, 2015
    90
    There are a few performance issues here on console but that aside Talos Principal is an excellent puzzle based game that keeps players engaged and perplexed, a winning combination all around in my book.
  5. Nov 11, 2015
    90
    If you're in the market for a fulfilling, well-paced puzzler on the PS4, look no further than this one.
  6. Oct 19, 2015
    84
    Few philosophers have told their theories as well as this game. The Talos Principle is a challenge to your mind but also it’s a challenge to your thinking. In PS4 it has some framerate issues or popping, but it gets to be as magical as the original title a year ago.
  7. Oct 7, 2015
    80
    The Talos Principle is a fun puzzle game that also makes some strong philosophical points. The puzzles can sometimes be frustrating and the heavy amount of text to read in the files can bog down the pace, but it’s still a memorable adventure that players will undoubtedly want to discuss and dissect with their friends.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Oct 16, 2015
    10
    One of the best games I've ever played. Unfortunately, everything is a spoiler, so I'm going to skip the awesome story, music and atmosphereOne of the best games I've ever played. Unfortunately, everything is a spoiler, so I'm going to skip the awesome story, music and atmosphere and will concentrate on the technical state of the game on the PS4. I've played both PC and PS4 version of the game for more than 100 hours. The good news is - the PS4 version is on par with details and resolution with the PC version, it also has a decent amount of AA and not the most terrible FOV as well. The bad news - the PS4's framerate needs improvement badly.
    I hope this get addressed. Other than that - I have no issues whatsoever.
    In summary, I'd like to say something which is more likely directed towards the developers instead of the game, but since I consider it very important in this day and age, I'd like to point it out. The game and the expansion are now sold for less than $50. Very good price for the content IMO. And lastly, the game was NOT available for preorder which is a huge point earned in my eyes by Croteam. It revived that long forgotten sense than not everything is about the money.
    Keep up the great work!
    Strongly recommended!
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  2. Feb 19, 2016
    10
    God I honestly don't know what to say about this game, all I can say is its one of my favourite games of all time and is truly worth a 10. TheGod I honestly don't know what to say about this game, all I can say is its one of my favourite games of all time and is truly worth a 10. The puzzles as well as the story and philosohpy involved are all very intriguing and it is a wonderful experience. Would HIGHLY recommend. Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2015
    10
    Juego de puzzles con muy buen acabado, engancha desde el principio excelente ambientacion, graficos, opciones, narrativa, musica,Juego de puzzles con muy buen acabado, engancha desde el principio excelente ambientacion, graficos, opciones, narrativa, musica, traducido...en fin muy recomendable, para mi lo mejor de su genero en ps4 Expand
  4. Dec 9, 2015
    9
    This game made me to register an account and come here to write that I highly recommend it.
    This is not a review I still have the excitement
    This game made me to register an account and come here to write that I highly recommend it.
    This is not a review I still have the excitement of playing it (just finished Road to Gehenna dlc) .
    It would be a straight 10/10 but some puzzles at the end especially on the dlc are impossible to beat even for the most experienced puzzle gamer. Portal series difficulty is nothing compared to Talos. Even a robot can't do it without help.
    Dear Croteam thank you for this amazing game.
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  5. Dec 9, 2015
    9
    The Talos Principle is one of the finest puzzle games that I've played. From the first few moments I knew I was onto something special and IThe Talos Principle is one of the finest puzzle games that I've played. From the first few moments I knew I was onto something special and I found the game only improved as I progressed. I really value the simple formula that Croteam give the gamer in terms of the 'tools' needed to tackle each puzzle. The puzzles themselves are beautifully crafted and will provide many a headscratching moment, but as they get progressively more difficult, so does the sense of achievement when you crack them - the learning curve in this game is excellently judged.

    Croteam place a lot of faith in the gamer in that the storyline isnt fed through a series of cutscenes at predetermined checkpoints; rather, the gamer must dig into the depths of the archives to unravel the many philosophical, religious and human layers of the plot. This is by no means a requirement to finish the game, but I found the experience all the more enriching for doing so. Thanks to games like Diablo and Tomb Raider I'm the type that must painstakingly collect everything there is to collect, so rooting through the archives was enjoyable for me. I can apprieciate, however, that this will not suit everyone and could be deemed quite tedious if the plot doesnt grab you straight away.

    Everything else I have to say will only serve as spoilers so i'll leave it there, but I just want to reiterate what a beautiful, rewarding game this is (archives or not). I cannot recommend it highly enough for the gameplay, environment and storyline, but at the very least it is an excellent brain training tool for problem solving and logic.
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  6. Oct 6, 2016
    8
    I wasn't too sure about this game, even after seeing trailers, but after 5 minutes I was convinced that this game would have me hooked. MyI wasn't too sure about this game, even after seeing trailers, but after 5 minutes I was convinced that this game would have me hooked. My first playing session I had my eyes glued to the screen, intrigued with the art style, the philosophical undertones, and the mystery that lay waiting for me. Each puzzle feels unique and rewarding, and the amazing soundtrack wraps it all up in a bow. Expand
  7. SH1
    May 2, 2016
    3
    There does not seem to be any real storyline and the puzzles are repetitive. I lost interest after a few hours. If they had more story (likeThere does not seem to be any real storyline and the puzzles are repetitive. I lost interest after a few hours. If they had more story (like the Portal games) I would have given a higher rating. Also: I would have preferred story with some animation and sound, rather than reading everything. Expand

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