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Pretty awesome storytelling experience, not a game. Worth the money considering you can go to movies for more...and get less in return.

Very interesting and I really enjoyed it. Deep game on many levels.
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Awsome game/experience, if you like the deep, meaninful/emotional but baffling storylines of say silent hill 2, then you'll love this. It's probably as good as visual and audio stories can get, but only if your not a gaming adrenalin junky who can't handle not killing something every 10 seconds never mind a whole 2-3 hours. Better than a movie and well worth the full price.

Audio is fantastic with the sounds of the winds and the waves whistling and crashing around you all in surround glory.

The visuals are stunning (especcially from the 8 year old engine which just seems to improve so well with the times), it really feels like your in a desolate countryside; like the isle of white or the yorkshire moors in the UK (I live close to the moores and love visiting and walking through it). Lets just say if Vanilla Skyrim looked this good, I don't think there would have been any need for all these graphic and ENB mods and most of us would have spent more time playing, than modding biggrin.gif.

Water flows through streams, wind swishes around you, waves crash over rocks and the floral is thick and nicely varied (even if it is mostly weeds). And the caves are just, Wow!

The naration is clever and fits the story perfectly.

The atmosphere is desolate and haunting and the whole island feels rich and alive aswell as beautiful.


This is a true PC game with sharp visuals, high res textures (minus a few objects here and there but bits of scattered paper can be clearly read, revealing even more than you are first aware off), and with everything at max, 16QxAA, 6000x1080 and I never saw the constant 60fps stutter for a second below (Except when I took a screen shot but thats because its running from an old secondary HDD). This is what true optomisation is.


The ending is how an ending should be and I can guarantee you will do what I and everyone else will do when you reach the end, go looking on the internet to see what happened and if it's normal tongue.gif

I would more than highly recommend this, I can't help but love it.

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^ Nice panoramic shots. The story is also simpler than Silent Hill 2, It really is a short and sweet game.
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Thanks, yeah I suppose, some of the refrences to events arent so clear at first but I suppose its not quite as mind bending to peice together as all the characters and events in silent hill 2.

mmmmm silent hill 2 on this engine, good or bad ting you reckon?
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Thanks, yeah I suppose, some of the refrences to events arent so clear at first but I suppose its not quite as mind bending to peice together as all the characters and events in silent hill 2.
mmmmm silent hill 2 on this engine, good or bad ting you reckon?

Source engine is still newer than Silent Hill 2, so why not? I'd rather have it be remade in Amnesia's editor or CryEngine 2 though. biggrin.gif
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I'm a little late to the party but I just finished it.

You can put your nose on a few textures and they may wash out, but the general impression is tack sharp with the level of detail bordering on ridiculous. Huge rock walls look detailed and natural with plants sticking out of every crag, foliage so dense you can't really see where you are going some times. The visual experience is just excellent and it is all seamlessly put together in a really really impressive way. There is a constant emphasis on it feeling real and nothing really seems mechanical. Besides the visuals, this game offers a lot of quality narration that is very well written and thought provoking, several nice pieces of music and what rolls together as an experience on par with a movie that you get to play (a well written, clever and cryptic movie).

Edit - I feel I should clarify that it doesn't have as much content as a movie, but rather that it is very cinematic.

A few things that I particularly enjoyed:
- The way the dialog is dark, and heavily symbolic
- The triggering of music/dialog was totally natural and very effective
- The level of detailed variation in the map and general artistic style were excellent
- Everything was totally finished and polished (and 60+ fps)
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The VERY end (black screen) was rather amusing to me

This game reminds me of Myst and Riven focused on a short narrative instead of puzzles. The atmosphere from all 3 are haunting to me.

I'm going to go buy another copy and just give it to a friend. $10 well spent.

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