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  • Summary: Welcome to Uncanny Valley — an unsettling, story-driven survival horror where nothing is as it seems. Explore an isolated facility and solve its many mysteries, but be warned: the choices you make have meaningful consequences that will determine your fate. Play through multiple times toWelcome to Uncanny Valley — an unsettling, story-driven survival horror where nothing is as it seems. Explore an isolated facility and solve its many mysteries, but be warned: the choices you make have meaningful consequences that will determine your fate. Play through multiple times to reveal all of Uncanny Valley’s darkest secrets. [Playstation.com] Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Feb 14, 2017
    70
    Despite its few narrative drawbacks, Uncanny Valley remains a genuinely creepy and interesting indie horror experience, and one that should be applauded for its unique consequence system.
  2. Feb 11, 2017
    65
    Obscure puzzles and technical hiccups aside, Uncanny Valley is a fascinating and disturbing horror mystery that encourages replay. But, I’d only give it two or three plays, max. Any more, and the lingering unsolved mysteries might become as frustrating as the gameplay bugs.
  3. Feb 8, 2017
    63
    Uncanny Valley is an unsettling story-driven survival horror where nothing is as it seems. The choices you make have meaningful consequences that will determine your fate, so you need to play times to reveal all of Uncanny Valley’s secrets, which becomes so tedious.
  4. Feb 8, 2017
    55
    Uncanny Valley shows a lot of promise, but the harsh reality of its non-linear narrative structure and reliance on multiple playthroughs to make sense of it all means it is asking too much in the face of the early game's uninspired, repetitive gameplay.
  5. Mar 22, 2017
    50
    It's a crying shame that Uncanny Valley spends so much of its time crippling your play time with contrivances and strict time limits. Once you learn how to make progress, you'll enjoy a second half akin to what the entire game should have been, but then its endings get less memorable. Uncanny Valley wants to be an engaging survival horror romp, and sometimes it gets to be, but it's ultimately an experience that can be best described as mediocre.
  6. 50
    If the developers had been content to just play to the game’s strengths as an adventure game, Uncanny Valley could have been something really good. Sadly, the shoehorning in of dull “survival horror” pulls the rug out from under that potential.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 11, 2017
    30
    A boring stealth game, made all the more annoying by Tom's bewilderingly poor fitness (four seconds of sprinting and he's knackered) and the worst gun in the history of games. It's rubbish. [Apr 2017, p.90]

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Score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Mar 6, 2018
    6
    It's one of this game where you don't know what's going on and it's disturbing.
  2. Feb 3, 2018
    5
    Uncanny Valley is both boring and fun. The game seems lengthy and there are too many endings to get. Tom runs as if he was Buck, which isUncanny Valley is both boring and fun. The game seems lengthy and there are too many endings to get. Tom runs as if he was Buck, which is about 5 seconds of sprinting before he is fully out of breath. If you do 1 thing wrong, you're all like "wait what?? whats happening? where am I?". Also, if you die, you go back to the very beginning. The game can be fun to kick time or if you're interested in the "different" graphics. I have played it and had to play it about 4 times until i eventually gave up, always coming to something I clearly shouldn't have. Expand
  3. Feb 12, 2017
    5
    Favourably in the price and playfully OK.
    Uncanny Valley is a total of one nice mediocre play for you PS4.
    The graphics are Old School The
    Favourably in the price and playfully OK.
    Uncanny Valley is a total of one nice mediocre play for you PS4.
    The graphics are Old School
    The play principle very simple
    The tension keeps to a certain extent
    The horror effects dull fast from.
    But it costs only 12€.
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  4. Mar 5, 2018
    5
    There was potential for something better, but right when I was starting to sink my teeth into it, the game ended, tossing me an inexplicableThere was potential for something better, but right when I was starting to sink my teeth into it, the game ended, tossing me an inexplicable bad ending wherein a character that was hardly developed dismembered me. I knew going into this game that there would be multiple endings, but I didn't think any of them would come so soon. I was thinking I could maybe start from where I left off rather than go through the mundanity of the game's opening, but NOPE. At the very least you'd think they'd drop you at a point where your decisions actually matter, but the game simply starts over and you have to go through the same unskippable opening credits and dialogue again.

    I played through it a few times, two of those times getting the same ending (though in one instance I didn't even interact with the featured character in my playthrough). Fortunately I got this game for free via PS+, but I can't imagine paying full price and getting upon what I got.
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  5. Feb 17, 2018
    4
    Downloaded Uncanny Valley for free, and glad of it as paying a price would have felt wrong in hindsight. It plays like an old 8-bit game,Downloaded Uncanny Valley for free, and glad of it as paying a price would have felt wrong in hindsight. It plays like an old 8-bit game, apart from the voice acting, and somehow creates a good, menacing enough atmposphere to hook a player into it's promisng story. However, a few points about it begin to bring it down, like the clunky controls and the multiple endings which are very sparse and quite open ended. The characters are crafted well actually, except the protagonist strangely, as he remains as bland by the end as the first step on day 1. It includes old mechanics of a point and click genre that is hard to fathom what to use where, and finding the interaction point for it can sometimes take ages. Overall, this game has some nice ideas for the retro horror genre, but fails to deliver enough of a punch or a climactic ending to keep gamers interested for long. Expand
  6. May 26, 2018
    4
    Despite its old school graphical appearance Uncanny Valley is able to create a disturbing atmosphere, unfortunately it almost seems to beDespite its old school graphical appearance Uncanny Valley is able to create a disturbing atmosphere, unfortunately it almost seems to be going out of its way at times to make things unenjoyable.

    The first half of the game sees the player controlled character (Tom) starting his job as the night watchmen of a closed down facility in the middle of nowhere. The initial nightmare sequence and ride through the snow with fellow employee Buck set the scene well enough but the game all too quickly settles down into a repetitive gameplay loop. Each night you're given roughly 5 minutes to look around the facility, which essentially just involves collecting cassette tapes to reveal the backstory, and complete a simple task such as meeting a friend or getting the power up and running again after it goes out. For some reason you then have to make your way back to your room, which takes around a minute each time, and is made all the more irritating by the fact that your character can run all of 5 paces before he gets out of breath. Providing you make it make you'll then play another short nightmare sequence which, although effectively creepy, involve no more actual gameplay than the rest of the game.

    This loop repeats for several nights before it is dropped for a more conventional type of survival horror experience but, while it becomes less repetitive, it actually becomes an even more frustrating experience with some sequences and scenes that simply aren't explained to the player at all.

    Uncanny Valley is a short game, apparently designed to be played multiple times so that different endings can scenes can be seen depending on player choices, to be honest though I can't say I even enjoyed my first play-through so there is no way I'll be going through it all again.
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  7. Jan 20, 2018
    1
    Dumb. When your shift ends you have to walk back home and get to your bed before you collapse from fatigue. But it takes so long to get backDumb. When your shift ends you have to walk back home and get to your bed before you collapse from fatigue. But it takes so long to get back to your home and to your bed and back to your job again the next day that you only really get a few minutes of exploration time. Plus time is counting down when you're reading stuff or doing puzzles. It's very tedious and annoying, and sometimes you'll get back to your bed and it'll tell you that your shift isn't over yet or sometimes your manager will tell you your late. I actually hated it. Expand