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  • Summary: The year is 2084. In a dark cyberpunk world shattered by plagues and wars, become a neural police detective and hack into the jagged minds of others. Make use of anything they felt, thought, or remembered to solve the case and catch the elusive killer.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 25, 2020
    90
    Observer: System Redux combines a psychological thriller narrative with psychedelic visuals, terrifying chase scenes, and next-generation graphics to provide one of the most impressive remaster packages I’ve played in ages.
  2. Dec 8, 2020
    82
    Released as both a remaster and an expansion, Observer: System Redux manages to fully deliver its promises, improving the original's experience with new meaningful content, quality of life changes, and massive visual improvements that leverage the power of the new consoles. The game hasn't changed a whole lot since the original, so those who did not like it in the first place will not change their minds with Observer: System Redux, but those that did will find the remaster to be a worthy purchase.
  3. Nov 15, 2020
    80
    Observer System Redux represents a solid and visible improvement over the original: therefore, a worthwhile upgrade.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 14, 2020
    80
    A compelling game given new dimension. New wrinkles in the tale justify revisiting, but the more abrasive parts of its personality are wearing thin three years on. [Issue#183, p.74]
  5. Nov 30, 2020
    75
    Observer is a decent game. The highly detailed environments and disturbing dream sections are hobbled only by the gameplay’s limited, repetitive nature during the real world sections. It features a solid voice work performance from Rutger Hauer too. As an early title for the PS5, there is much to be impressed with. Observer runs smooth and loads quickly, and it looks great even though the artistic direction subdues the impact. However, the old dictum remains – good graphics alone do not make for a great game.
  6. Mar 8, 2021
    70
    Overall, Observer: System Redux is a great pickup for those looking to see just exactly how well their shiny new consoles can perform, as well as having an interesting experience to boot (you know, like a computer). Environments are beautiful in a truly depressing, atmospheric manner, and lead Rutger Hauer really makes the effort to portray a downtrodden detective tired of the new cybernetic world order. This is a clear pick up for fans of psychological horror drama, looking for a few jump scares and… uncomfortable-ness over a few hours. For the rest, however, it's an interesting experiment that perhaps could benefitted from less of the shocks and more of the Detective chops.
  7. Jan 4, 2021
    60
    When Observer was originally released three years ago, it was mostly met with praise, even though the console version left a lot to be desired. But with the power of Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X, this psychological horror crime adventure corrects many of the errors from the first version – and adds greatly improved graphics and some new content. The gameplay is still limited, and the bugs are unfortunately a bit too frequent, but the world and story keeps us hooked to the end.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. May 3, 2021
    10
    Very original game, interesting, amazing vision of cyberpunk, interesting puzzles, nice graphics.
  2. Jan 30, 2021
    10
    Wow...what an incredible ride. Amazing beautiful abstract environments. Great story. Lots of replay. Note: should be a warning somewhere aboutWow...what an incredible ride. Amazing beautiful abstract environments. Great story. Lots of replay. Note: should be a warning somewhere about people sensative to an lights. What an adventure. And an appropriate Swan song for Rutger Hower. (R.I.P.) Expand
  3. Mar 14, 2021
    10
    MEGA AMAZING ATMOSPHERIC GAME! Super animation, super crazy ideas, super interesting LOR.
  4. Dec 17, 2020
    9
    This is great cyberpunk detective game and its what you expect from such game and even more. I didnt played original Observer but as i haveThis is great cyberpunk detective game and its what you expect from such game and even more. I didnt played original Observer but as i have seen its just graphics. This one looks great! Expand
  5. Jan 11, 2021
    9
    Fantastic game. The knocked it out of the park with the visuals, atmosphere, and controls. The DualSense is used to great effect, and the toneFantastic game. The knocked it out of the park with the visuals, atmosphere, and controls. The DualSense is used to great effect, and the tone created here by Bloober is perfection. Solving crimes and playing detective has never been more fun. I can only hope for a sequel down the road. Expand
  6. Nov 10, 2021
    8
    As part of their the Bloober Team's 13 Years of Development celebrations, I got my hands on Observer: System Redux, a first person,As part of their the Bloober Team's 13 Years of Development celebrations, I got my hands on Observer: System Redux, a first person, investigative horror game.

    Your name is Daniel Lazarski, voiced by the late great legend that is Rutger Hauer. You are what is known as a "Neural Detective". You find yourself investigating crimes in a decrepit apartment building in Poland as well as looking for your lost son. Since this is a cyberpunk world, everything is technical, including how you investigate crimes. You can literally hack into someone's mind. This brings you to the scarier elements of the game, since physics go out the window if you are walking through someone's subconscious. But it does allow you to investigate a person's memories, look at things they interacted with, see what they saw.

    Since we are looking for a killer, reliving someone's last moments can be a challenge, and often you will find yourself in maze like situations, whereby you can feel very stuck in someone's memory. The first example of this is where you hack into the mind of a dying man who has been brutally attacked, after exploring for a while, you will find yourself in something of a walking loop. Any door you go through you end up back at the start. The only clue as to what you are supposed to do are the TVs that have switched themselves on. Now this took me a while to figure out. I had just been walking around and around for a while, before I even noticed the TVs and when I did, I still didn't realise that the clue to escaping the loop was what was being shown on the TVs in the first place. The game does not hold your hand and you will find yourself in seemingly inescapable situations. But a mixture of trial and error, as well as a crafty look at a walkthrough guide and you will soon find yourself back on track.

    Although hacking people's minds is a big part of the game, most of the time you will find yourself exploring the apartment building, you have two extra abilities that will help your investigations, "EM Vision" which allows you to analyse electronic equipment, and "Bio Vision" which allows you to identify biological materials, think blood and bodily fluids. This comes into use when investigating a crime scene, and trying to log everything, which in turn updates your systems which then gives guidance on what to do next.

    As you play, your character's stress levels grow, and you will have to take a pill to help lower the stress, we are never really told why you need to do this, but since we are in the future, and people have chips implanted into their brains, it is hardly surprising it might have some mental health side effects.

    There are no real combat situations, so no running away or hiding for most of the game, although towards the end there are some stealth elements needed to avoid a creature, sadly it feels like these segments of the game were thrown in, and kind of take away from what you have been doing for most of the game.

    Also, a quick mention to a mini game you will play on the various computers you access in the game, it is a simple game, and you will unlock a few levels on each computer you find and access. It is called Fire and Sword, and you have to move around a 2D map trying to avoid spiders, collecting gold. It is a simple but addictive game.

    The Good
    The game looks and sounds incredible, the slow build of tension and fear is perfectly done, and if you play with headphones, it makes the experience even better. The story is good, the "dream" sequences when hacking someone's mind really are interesting and add a true horror element to the game.

    The Bad
    The stealth segments towards the end feel out of place and become annoying instead of challenging. There is also an issue where you can find yourself in an impossible situation, for example I dropped a power cable that I then figured out I needed to plug into a computer, the cable went through a grate in the ground and then became impossible to reach. Luckily the auto save system meant I could just restart the area again, but it was frustrating.

    Also, EM Mode and Bio mode meant very different visual appearances on screen, and constantly switching between them as well as normal view, might cause eye strains to some people.

    Overall
    Although quite a linear game, I found myself getting very much into it, even after I had played for a while, I wanted to keep going. That is one of the most important things about a game, addictive to a point that is not destructive.

    I score Observer: System Redux on PC a strong 8/10
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  7. Jun 10, 2022
    1
    this is boring games
    Its just a walking game.
    From start to finish Why does this devs keep making similar works? If you need waking
    this is boring games
    Its just a walking game.
    From start to finish

    Why does this devs keep making similar works?
    If you need waking simulator,must buy this game
    i dont need more
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