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  • Summary: When humans get too lonely, they turn into monsters

    Sea of Solitude takes you on a personal journey of a young woman's loneliness. Set sail across a beautiful and evolving world, where nothing is quite what it seems. Meet fantastical creatures and monsters, learn their stories, and solve
    When humans get too lonely, they turn into monsters

    Sea of Solitude takes you on a personal journey of a young woman's loneliness. Set sail across a beautiful and evolving world, where nothing is quite what it seems. Meet fantastical creatures and monsters, learn their stories, and solve challenges. Explore a flooded city, either by boat, on foot, or by swimming through the water itself. Dare to look what lies beneath the surface, in a haunting struggle of darkness and light, and discover what it truly means to be human.

    KEY FEATURES

    - AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY Sea of Solitude embarks players on a nuanced and intimate action-adventure, experienced through the mind of Kay, as she struggles to overcome her inner loneliness. Players must help Kay see below the surface and beyond, guiding her through her Sea of Solitude, in this deeply touching tale of darkness and light.

    - A METAPHORICAL WORLD As her journey evolves, Kay's dark and stormy environment begins to transform, with light and color shining into the world. Water levels rise and fall to reflect her own state of mind, transforming the flooded city landscape into new areas for the player to explore, with new challenges to face.

    - FACE THE MONSTERS WITHIN Encounter fantastical creatures, solve puzzles, and rid the world of tainted memories. Meet a variety of beautiful and terrifying monsters, each with their own struggles of loneliness to tell. Through confronting these monsters, Kay will not only learn more about them, but also herself, and what it means to be human.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jul 23, 2019
    88
    If you aren’t a fan of games like What Remains of Edith Finch and Fe, where combat and thrill takes a backseat to emotion and art, then I’ll be honest—this probably isn’t the game for you, and that’s okay. But for those of you who enjoy games with meaning, games with abstraction, or games with that unique artistic beauty that so often blossoms in indie games, then Kay is waiting for you on the Sea of Solitude.
  2. Jul 11, 2019
    83
    Sea of Solitude makes one o the better and more realistic recreations of some mental issues that are more common that most people think.
  3. Jul 12, 2019
    80
    Sea of Solitude on Xbox One is too short, some of the gameplay doesn’t ever push hard enough in terms of what could be done, and the last act isn’t as interesting as it could have been. But the way the story and the journey are crafted and told through its characters, themes, visuals, and audio is superb.
  4. Aug 6, 2019
    74
    Sea of Solitude certainly has a unique look and feel to it, but the novelty alone is not enough to carry the game. Your enjoyment of it will come down to how much you connect to Kay and her story because the gameplay alone will not be enough to compel you to play until the end. Even if you're just in it for the story, there are times when that story will also feel like a slog, especially when you face the monsters that represent Kay's endlessly bickering parents. The game is certainly an unusual experience, but it will probably leave you wishing that it was a more compelling one.
  5. Aug 10, 2019
    70
    Even tough the story is a bit unevenly told; we cannot stop playing Sea of Solitude until Kay has reached the end of her journey. Partly because the story always manages to motivate us to go further, partly because the adventure is not long enough for the shortcomings to become too intrusive. When it is all said and done, Sea of ​​Solitude is a gripping but uneven journey that is worth taking.
  6. Jul 17, 2019
    68
    Despite a gorgeous look, Sea of Solitude lacks of a complex narrative or level design that puts it into pair with recent games inspired by mental issues.
  7. Jul 5, 2019
    55
    By trying to say too much and do too much, the work is dispersed and the adventure is diluted.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 6, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. es un buen juego te distrae tiene una mecanica simple esta bien para pasar el rato Expand
  2. Jul 8, 2019
    8
    Sea of Solitude is a gritty voyage on an emotional tale, set in a visually stunning world. In this world people turn into monsters if they tooSea of Solitude is a gritty voyage on an emotional tale, set in a visually stunning world. In this world people turn into monsters if they too lonely, or sad. You awaken as Kay, partially turned into one of these monsters, afloat on a small boat in a flooded town and are introduced to what seems to be the only ray of hope left. Armed with only a mystical flare, and your wits, you navigate this town, and Kay's own emotional distress. Along the way you spend time helping others seek comfort, and their own humanity. The emotional turmoil is constant as you hop rooftops, and navigate the flooded streets. While you clamber about the remains, you can find messages in bottles hidden around the map, that add to the already fathomless ocean of feelings. Hanging out, and sometimes a bit out of the way, you will also find seagulls, that you can Shoo away and catch a bird's eye view of the immediate area. This is a deep and dark look into what it is to be human, and will grip your heartstrings as you move along the game. The game play is smooth, and fairly straightforward. The water physics are a wonder to watch, very well done. Given the story's overtone it's hard for me to say a 'Good' experience but it is an adventure worth having, and a well made game, that expresses exactly what it meant to! Expand
  3. Jul 7, 2019
    7
    Pros: Engaging theme, beautiful soundtrack, and well thought-through symbolic illustrations of mental illness through its characters and levelPros: Engaging theme, beautiful soundtrack, and well thought-through symbolic illustrations of mental illness through its characters and level designs.

    Cons: Gameplay could switch things up more, but forgivable considering it's more-so a story driven experience. However, its voice overs and voice over script leaves much to be desired. I found myself playing the game with the voice over volume muted and still got a rewarded (I imagine a more rewarding) experience than I would've with the original speaking script.

    Overall I would like to see EA continue to produce original titles. I can only imagine a sequel would improve and build upon this one-- perhaps a general skill tree that enables different abilities, more environmental puzzles to create paths-- and 'certainly' needs a stronger more tact voice over script + performances.
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