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  • Summary: Tacoma is a narrative-driven adventure set aboard a high-tech space station in the year 2088. Explore every detail of how the station’s crew lived and worked, finding clues that add up to a gripping story of trust, fear, and resolve in the face of disaster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Aug 25, 2017
    91
    I may not entirely love where it winds up, but the journey getting to that point is so pitch-perfect, it'd be wrong of me to say it's anything other than a must-play experience for people who enjoy a good walking simulator.
  2. Though the game only takes a few hours to play through, the multiple layers of story — which each unlock additional meaning in the others once uncovered — make for a groundbreaking narrative system unlike anything else. But more impressive is the emotional impact of the stories themselves, not just the tale of a crisis aboard a space station and the perils of corporate-controlled AI, but the intertwining stories of six people's lives, loves and losses.
  3. Aug 7, 2017
    90
    A diverse narrative-driven space adventure for people wanting actual emotions and relationships in their games; that is Tacoma.
  4. Aug 10, 2017
    79
    Tacoma shines where it counts, and that is with the story it tells and the feeling that each character within it feels real. Including the on-board AI called Odin. As an interactive story, getting to pause, rewind, and check out the movements and activities of different people in a digital recreation of past events works flawlessly. And it’s the sort of mechanic that feels fresh, whilst also being something that could only really exist in this form. Lasting roughly two hours or so, Tacoma also never feels laboured or padded with extraneous content. But, as it also doesn't present a story focusing on one character as the lead there’s a feeling that something is missing. Which, robs the ending of some of its emotional weight.
  5. Aug 16, 2017
    75
    A compelling three hours narrative experience, sustained by an interesting memories playback mechanic and a good sound design, but without excelling in any particular department.
  6. Aug 7, 2017
    75
    If you’ve played games like Gone Home, Dear Esther or Firewatch, Tacoma is instantly recognizable, but it remains distinct by introducing a wildly exotic space setting and a mechanic that keeps the “look and listen gameplay” from ever becoming a bore. It can, at times, devolve into too much of a linear experience, giving way to predictable pacing, but this is forgivable, because when your time is done on the Tacoma lunar station, your heart will be a little fuller for the people you met while you were there.
  7. Aug 9, 2017
    60
    The game’s technical problems on Xbox One are a real shame, especially since the game is console exclusive to Xbox One, but those looking to look past these issues will be treated to an engrossing and surprising story aboard the Tacoma space station.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Aug 3, 2017
    10
    Interesting game an incredible story, great indie, a great bet of Fullbright in a spectacular atmosphere
    if you like firewatch and gone home
    Interesting game an incredible story, great indie, a great bet of Fullbright in a spectacular atmosphere
    if you like firewatch and gone home this is your game
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  2. Aug 2, 2017
    10
    Num futuro onde a inteligência artificial está em todos os lugares que você vai e em todas os sistemas sociais nos quais vivemos, são essasNum futuro onde a inteligência artificial está em todos os lugares que você vai e em todas os sistemas sociais nos quais vivemos, são essas consciências artificiais menos reais ou significativas para nós que as pessoas que conhecemos? Num futuro onde realidade aumentada sobrepõe nossa visão constantemente, nos mostrando um mundo através de lentes de informação digital, projeções 3D e interfaces sobrepostas, essa percepção mediada do mundo, essa informação artificial que enxergamos diretamente em nossa visão, é uma experiência menos “real” de nossas vidas? Expand
  3. Feb 27, 2018
    9
    Great and quick game to play when you don't want much action, just story telling. A few crashes during the game but otherwise solid. TheGreat and quick game to play when you don't want much action, just story telling. A few crashes during the game but otherwise solid. The ending seemed a little vague. Might have been on purpose but wasn't fulfilling to me. Would also have been nice to be able to track some of the stats in game for the achievements so I didn't have to keep going to the game hub. Expand
  4. May 26, 2019
    8
    Tacoma was far more engrossing than i expected it to be, offering truly interesting characters and unique gameplay mechanics. The story isTacoma was far more engrossing than i expected it to be, offering truly interesting characters and unique gameplay mechanics. The story is okay, but most impressively, it manages to avoid the trap-fall of covering the same ground already paved by other sci-fi games (that i have played). The ship is detailed and fun to explore. Some framerate drops and an unnecessarily tedious path from each part of the ship to the next, are the only gripes i have with an otherwise enjoyable experience that i recommend to anyone who likes this type of game. Expand
  5. Aug 12, 2017
    7
    Played my friend's while dog-sitting for a couple of hours . Not bad. Can't wait for the next time he goes out of town and I get to thePlayed my friend's while dog-sitting for a couple of hours . Not bad. Can't wait for the next time he goes out of town and I get to the story's end to find out that my sister is a lesbian or my brother has transitioned to an Albanian vegetarian. Expand
  6. May 8, 2018
    7
    Tacoma
    Gone to Space?
    Tacoma comes from the same studio that made Gone Home and this is sort of a similar type of game. Its finally on PS4
    Tacoma
    Gone to Space?
    Tacoma comes from the same studio that made Gone Home and this is sort of a similar type of game.
    Its finally on PS4 and with it comes a new mode that allows you to play this roughly 1 hr. and 45-minute game with developer commentary
    I went into this game completely blind not knowing what to expect. having appreciated gone home but not loved it as much as everyone else. I also had the whole set in space thing working against me. but I was surprised how interesting and new this experience ended up being..
    Here you play as a character named Amy, you enter the abandoned Tacoma station to retrieve AI data and figure out exactly what happened to the characters that were living here…
    Thankfully for you there was a surveillance AI called ODIN watching their every move…
    so as you explore the station you’ll be able to recreate important scenes, and as the scenes play out you have to collect important information from different characters, reading conversations and documents…
    this observing and finding the character in the area you need information from while the scene plays out is the entire game..
    what makes this so cool though is that you can freely pause and rewind.
    and characters don’t all stay huddled up in an area…
    they’re separated doing their own thing. and even each other.
    I found it fun to rewind and listen to individual conversations going on at the same time as the important conversation chunk I was supposed to be listening to…
    and this is what makes Tacoma such a unique experience.
    it feels real.
    the station feels as though it was lived in and every character having simultaneous conversations and having their own secrets and love affairs to uncover makes this feel like you’re observing something that really happened, and that you’re sticking your nose in places it doesn’t belong…
    But of course you can’t help yourself…
    I feel however not much was done here gameplay wise.
    This game felt more like a concept than something complete…
    a couple of times you’ll have to rewind to get a code for a locker, but these moments never had much of a payoff…
    and that’s all that’s really done gameplay wise.
    This really is just a game about collecting information
    but that’s what you’re sent there to do.
    IF you’re expecting a cool narrative experience you’re not going to get that here.
    The delivery of the story is great, but the story itself is pretty bland
    Ultimately, I feel like Tacoma more than anything is a neat experience with a cool concept
    you’re not missing much if you skip it, but it feels far from being a waste of time.
    And if you couldn’t tell, yes this was a hard game to write a review for.
    I give Tacoma
    a 6.5/10
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  7. Aug 7, 2017
    4
    This game is very underwhelming Gone Home was fantastic Tacoma is not its very boring didnt care about any of the characters the story wasntThis game is very underwhelming Gone Home was fantastic Tacoma is not its very boring didnt care about any of the characters the story wasnt very good save ur money buy something else Expand

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