Last updated on September 19th, 2023 at 04:14 pm
The year is 2084. If you somehow survived the Nanophage, odds are you were killed in the War.
Observer is a cyberpunk horror game developed by the same team behind Layers of Fear. The game offers a unique blend of investigation, exploration, stealth, puzzles, and a constant barrage of horror elements.
The game’s setting and atmosphere are often praised for their effectiveness in creating a sense of claustrophobia and dread. However, some players find the horror elements to be jarring, especially when juxtaposed with the game’s more traditional investigatory gameplay.
The game’s narrative is one of its strong points, offering a compelling cyberpunk detective story that occasionally veers into extended flights of fancy.
The gameplay primarily focuses on exploration and contextual interactions with the world, similar to titles like Gone Home or What Remains of Edith Finch.
The game’s visuals, while occasionally obscured by chromatic aberration, are generally well-received, especially in the enhanced version with 4K graphics and HDR options.
One of the game’s flaws is its occasional reliance on jump scares, which some players find cheap and ineffective.
Additionally, the game’s performance can be inconsistent, with occasional juddering even on high-end graphics cards. The game also only allows for one savegame, which can be frustrating for players who prefer multiple save slots. Despite these flaws, Observer is generally regarded as a solid cyberpunk/horror investigative game with a strong narrative and a healthy amount of investigative fun.
Those who live have turned to drugs, VR, neural implants — anything to distract themselves from this new reality. You are Daniel Lazarski, an elite neural detective known as an Observer, and part of a corporate-funded police unit whose purpose is to hack and invade suspects’ minds. In this future, anything you think, feel, or remember can be used against you in a court of law. When you receive a mysterious message from your estranged son, a high-level engineer for the almighty Chiron Corporation, you journey to the Class C slums of Krakow to investigate. But as you hack into the unstable minds of criminals and victims to look for clues, you are forced relive their darkest fears. How far will you go to discover the truth?
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