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  • Summary: Hello Neighbor is a stealth-horror game about breaking into your neighbor’s house. Play against an advanced AI that learns from your actions, and counters them. Find out what horrible secrets your neighbor is hiding inside his basement.
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Hello Neighbor - Beta Gameplay Trailer - E3 2017
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 9 out of 13
  1. Jan 2, 2018
    70
    Hello Neighbor is not a game that should be taken lightly, but it is one that will polarize the fans. I’m on the side that enjoyed it, even though at the start it was nothing near enjoyable. You will fancy it too if you can accept that it means well and forgive the game’s flaws.
  2. Dec 16, 2017
    61
    Hello Neighbor is a confused game that doesn’t do much to entice those that are new to the experience. There’s a lack of structure in both the story and the gameplay. This alone makes much of the pace rely heavily on trial and error, and although there’s a wide variety of different puzzles to work out, the delivery of each of them can be mind boggling if you miss out on a single detail.
  3. Dec 19, 2017
    60
    Puzzles and stealth are the main attractions of this peculiar videogame by the Prussian Dynamic Pixels. A title full of good intentions but riddled with bad results.
  4. Jan 17, 2018
    40
    In its current form, I simply cannot recommend Hello Neighbor to anyone until all of the problems are fixed. Again, I am shocked and disappointed that publisher tinyBuild would charge $30 for a product that clearly needs a lot more work. It really sucks because this game has a few things that work well, like its unique mechanics, a great art style, and good, measured horror. There’s a glimmer of something neat but right now, it's best to treat this as Hello Neighbor Game Preview Edition.
  5. Jan 25, 2018
    40
    There was a lot of hype behind Hello Neighbor, and I've even started seeing merch at stores to purchase, but at this point in time it hasn’t lived up to it yet, not even close. The ideas are there, as is the premise and backdrop, but the execution is severely lacking in the worst possible way. Sure, some fixes might make it a better experience, but there’s no way this should be a full release in its current state. With all this in mind, I say Goodbye Neighbor.
  6. Dec 13, 2017
    35
    A mish-mash of concepts and half-cooked ideas that are never fully developed, wrapped up in a cutesy aesthetic that is at odds with its (at times) dark and disturbing themes. This is one to avoid.
  7. Dec 22, 2017
    20
    Hello Neighbor has been through several alpha builds on PC, yet on Xbox One we're going straight to a full release. However, in its current state with distinct lack of polish and muddled gameplay it feels more like a demo or a modders pet project than anything that should be sat on the Xbox One store. The skeptic in me also suspects that the obscure puzzle design was a deliberate choice to force some hype around the game, as players reach out to internet forums or hit YouTube to watch the many let's play videos doing the rounds for some answers. However, unless you are a streamer yourself or of an age where you can't play real horror games, I can't honestly recommend this to anyone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. May 19, 2018
    10
    Un gran juego de misterios y acertijos que no podía faltar en consolas. Me ha gustado bastante su jugabilidad y, sobre todo, su gran número deUn gran juego de misterios y acertijos que no podía faltar en consolas. Me ha gustado bastante su jugabilidad y, sobre todo, su gran número de acertijos y enigmas que tendrás que pensar dos veces antes de resolver. En cuanto a gráficos, me gustan bastante. Esa mezcla entre dibujos animados y realidad me gusta mucho en los juegos. Expand
  2. Jan 5, 2018
    9
    best game ever i loved its really good i thought it would dissapoint me but it didn't
  3. Sep 16, 2018
    8
    Hello Neighbor , is very under rated game. Its game play is smooth. Don't get me wrong it takes time to get used to the game, but if you giveHello Neighbor , is very under rated game. Its game play is smooth. Don't get me wrong it takes time to get used to the game, but if you give if you give it time it is really fun. It is challenging and makes you think on your feet. Controls are a bit rough at the start, but you will get used to them. I highly recommend getting this game. Expand
  4. Dec 13, 2017
    5
    Let’s be honest, people rarely like their neighbors; it doesn’t matter if you’re an adult, kid, or the family dog. The people who resideLet’s be honest, people rarely like their neighbors; it doesn’t matter if you’re an adult, kid, or the family dog. The people who reside around you are likely jerks, and it can be fun to make up stories with your loved ones about all the horrible things they do in their house after said neighbor annoys you with their distaste for your use of dryer sheets or their strange fondness of stray cats. While some people would be content making these stories up and going on about their day, our unnamed protagonist in Hello Neighbor decides to take things a bit further.

    After your ball gets away from you and rolls in front of the neighbor’s yard, we witness what appears to be a murder, so we are tasked with doing what any young kid would do in this circumstance: figure out what kind of shenanigans the guy is up to. To do so, you’ll need to find a way into his house and locate 3 keys that will allow you access to his basement. Sounds simple enough, right?

    At first, I set off to test his intelligence, hoping to see a bit of what was advertised as an AI that would learn your tactics and adapt or make changes to the house to prevent you from further meddling in his affairs. I broke windows, ran straight through the door, crept in through a window, turned off his power, the list goes on and on. No matter what I did, his tactics never changed. So this feature is a bit misrepresented in the current stage of the game.

    While being caught does not carry a huge penalty – you’ll be transported back to the street facing his house upon being caught – it is a tad bit frustrating. After a few failed attempts, you will wake up in a strange dream world, where the features of the game world are distorted a bit. I was unable to find out what this was to represent or why it occurred. Sure, it was creepy, but it didn’t really make me want to keep investigating. This is primarily due to a lack of direction, as the only tutorial is found on the pause screen, which tells you how to interact with the game and that’s it. The other hurdle is the AI.

    Much like the Alien featured in Alien Isolation, the neighbor’s AI is off the charts and feels very unfair. I’d often spawn into the world with him in the front yard, with the heavy baritone music blaring that begins when he sees you, followed by him making a beeline right for me. In other instances, I would run from the house into the street, which I believe is supposed to be a safe zone if you will, and he would follow me and begin doing stretches in the front yard. This would make for an ideal time to sneak into the house if he didn’t stop what he was doing the second I entered the yard, regardless of whether he could see me or not.

    The issues do not end there, as the controls, particularly when interacting with some doors or trying to stack items, are intermittent and often non-responsive. Inside of the house there is a specific door that doesn’t have a lock on it, but I was only able to open once every few attempts. While trying to gain entry from the roof, I was stacking boxes along some scaffolding and the controls would often throw instead of placing the item like the box prior, thus knocking over 2 of the 3 boxes I felt were needed to access the area. While I was able to achieve my goal, it was much more frustrating than it should’ve been. The one saving grace is that, with the exception of windows that you break, the changes you make to the game world do stay intact after being caught. While you can hide in closets or under the bed, similar to Outlast or Alien Isolation, the neighbor will often stand there for 5 minutes or more.

    While I found the overall package a bit lacking, I do appreciate the art style featured. With its exaggerated details and little touches for those that take the time to explore the world, you can tell a great deal of effort was put into the design. I’m not sure if they intended to make the neighbor come across as a child abductor or killer, but you really do get the chilling feeling of it when exploring his house, finding boxes of tiny shoes and toys tucked away out of sight.

    With a bit of polish, this could be an outstanding entry to the horror genre that would even be fit for younger players. In its current state, I would recommend waiting for a sale or hopefully a patch to resolve these issues, as the game could be spectacular with an update. I look forward to revisiting the game in the event these issues do get patched.
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  5. Jan 3, 2018
    5
    On paper Hello Neighbor looked like it was going to be a very fun and different experience, but sometimes fully designed game’s don’t alwaysOn paper Hello Neighbor looked like it was going to be a very fun and different experience, but sometimes fully designed game’s don’t always work out that way which is definitely the case here. I must admit that I didn’t expect the game to have as many problems as it does and this really takes away from anything that is good about the game. The technichal issues in the game can cause you some real problems and you forget about having fun because of this, which is a real shame. Unfortunately the controls don’t do much better and you will be finding yourself getting very frustrated with them, which is a shame because I thought the puzzles in the game were very good but they just end up getting bogged down by the poor controls. The story in the game was something that I enjoyed and I found it to be quite unique, but the ending definitely spoils it. The boss battles at the end feel out of place and are annoying as hell and in a way they undo all of the previous good things about the story. Something that really surprised me about the game was the lack of content it has. I must admit that I was expecting a lot more in terms of content and that was mainly down to its price tag, so to say that the game is overpriced is a massive understatement. The presentation side of the game whilst not perfect is something that tickled my fancy. The visuals are something that I especially enjoyed and I felt that they connected with the gameplay very well. At the end of the day Hello Neighbor disappointed me a great deal and without a doubt I was hoping for much more from the game. It’s riddled with problems throughout and in its current state I would recommend that you stay well clear of this game, but unfortunately I don’t think a patch or two will sort out enough and the underlying problems will still remain. If you were looking forward to Hello Neighbor then I think you will be very disappointed with the final outcome, and when you combine the game’s problems with its high price tag then you get a game that really doesn’t offer you a reason to buy it, which is a shame. Expand
  6. Feb 12, 2018
    5
    Mediocre game, imprecise gameplay, and poor artificial intelligence, goodbye neighbor
  7. Dec 8, 2017
    0
    $30 for this is quite a stretch. By about $19.99. Graphics are sub par, game play is wonky. The guy finds you immediately. Not fun. But one$30 for this is quite a stretch. By about $19.99. Graphics are sub par, game play is wonky. The guy finds you immediately. Not fun. But one thing I did learn is that you can't get a refund for digital games from Xbox. Why I keep giving indie titles a chance, I'll never know. STAY AWAY! Expand

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