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  • Summary: A first person narrative horror adventure that puts players in the shoes of a young blind woman who must use her extraordinary hearing and razor-sharp wits to solve mysteries and escape a deadly presence.

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Perception - Launch Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. May 25, 2017
    83
    Perception is a memorable horror experience that thrives because of its unique setup and gameplay. Although more unsettling than downright terrifying, Perception managed to keep me on the edge of my seat, forcing me to solve a compelling mystery by facing what lurked in the dark.
  2. Jul 24, 2017
    70
    While Perception isn't consistently great, it does do certain things very well and is worth a play by anyone looking for an interesting experience. By taking away one of the most important senses most people have, Perception gives players the feeling of being thrust into the unknown and absolute darkness.
  3. Jul 19, 2017
    60
    Perception’s unique echolocation gameplay hook is enough to sustain the game for its 4-5-hour run, but I was saddened that The Deep End Games didn’t explore this mechanic any more than it did. Had it, Perception’s shallow plot and characters might have found some redemption. Ultimately, Perception is more carnival than amusement park – cheap thrills than top shelf. If you like horror games, you’ll like Perception, but you’ve probably already experienced a bunch of horror titles scarier than this one.
  4. Jun 12, 2017
    58
    Perception's got some interesting ideas and touching and adult stories to tell, but all this gets lost in an overly easy and boring game, hindered by several bugs too. It's a pity.
  5. Jul 13, 2017
    58
    The writing isn't half-bad, and Cassie makes for an appropriately spunky heroine. However, the crucial ingredient would be for the game to be on VR, where it could come closer to its ideal of sensory deprivation to offer a genuinely frightening — rather than frustrating — experience. However, Deep End Games have already nixed that idea, which means that what you're left with is a whole bunch of frustratingly squandered promise.
  6. Jul 5, 2017
    55
    There’s very little reason to replay the game once you’ve completed the story unless you’re searching for all the hidden collectibles. The gameplay is very repetitive and generally devolves into you frustratingly getting lost and going in circles until you happen upon an object you missed the first ten times you walked by it. Perception has some great ideas and concepts though, and there’s definitely some tension and suspense that highlights the horror aspect, but as a game, it’s more unsatisfying than it is entertaining. I applaud its uniqueness and blind girl heroine, but there’s too many shortcomings and bugs to offer it a full recommendation.
  7. May 25, 2017
    48
    Perception is as much a disappointment for the clever and inherently frightening idea it wastes as it is for the mistakes it makes. At its heart, there’s the promise of playing something genuinely new, from a perspective that could help teach and thrill simultaneously. It’s unfortunate that, like its echolocation mechanic, the more I saw of Perception, the more there was to worry about.

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  1. Jun 8, 2017
    7
    Perception
    less is more
    Perception is a 3 hour long first person horror game where you play as a blind woman named Cassie who visits a
    Perception
    less is more
    Perception is a 3 hour long first person horror game where you play as a blind woman named Cassie who visits a mansion she keeps seeing in her nightmares...
    She goes to collect the 4 items she sees…
    Since you are blind you see using echolocation…
    At first this seems like just a cool experimental game...
    And you assume you’re going to just keep echoing to explore the rooms…
    But quickly you learn this isn’t the case…
    You’ll do a lot of back tracking here... as this is a go to a certain point and collect a certain item kind of game until you get to the credits…
    You can hold down a button to see a doorway or item located in the house and then you have to figure out how to get there…
    And slowly this gets more challenging…
    For starters...
    You can’t just spam the echo button…
    Because while you use your ears to see...
    The house uses its ears to see too…
    Too much noise will attract an enemy moth monster…
    For the majority of this is the only threat...
    the screen will start turning red and you have to find a hiding spot fast…
    This makes exploring this dark mansion even more terrifying…
    The game understands that less is more when it comes to horror..
    It doesn’t flood you with enemies to deal with…
    You only have to deal with one...
    And it comes when there’s too much noise happening…
    This leaves you feeling vulnerable at every moment of the game…
    The challenge also comes in the form the house changing…
    This house has been home to many families... and you have to solve the mystery of all of them…
    Each chapter takes place in the same house... But the house always looks different and offers a different challenge depending on the time period and who lived there...
    All the way back to the 1600s…
    This changes the gameplay up a bit to keep the game interesting as it is insanely repetitive...
    Again it is just figuring out how to get to the right room in the house over and over for 3 hours and listening to dialog and the echoes of this house…
    And I never truly felt like I was exploring the house as practically every door is locked expect for the one you need to go through,
    This is a gift and a cruse because you won’t be wasting your time in rooms you don’t need to go through…
    but a curse because you can just go through a simple route to the right room.. you have to go through a bit of a maze as if being blind wasn’t hard enough…
    Though perception is a bit repetitive, it still offers a terrifying and unique experience worth picking up for horror fans…
    I give perception
    a 7/10
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