>observer_ – PC Review

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Genre: Adventure, Indie
Developer: Bloober Team SA
Publisher: Aspyr
Release Date: Aug 16, 2017
Edited by KnightAvenger


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Observer is a cyberpunk, horror-style game.

You are Dan Lazarski, a KPD Observer. You live in Poland in the year 2084. A plague is affecting Poland. However, this plague is like no other; it is electronic instead of a virus. We call it Nanophage. Everyone has a neural implant, but these implants can kill you. A company called Chiron has taken control of the Fifth Republic of Poland.

With a very engaging story, Observer makes you want more and more as you play, leaving you on the edge of your seat with a couple of cliffhangers that require you to dive deeper into the story. Observer includes a very deep sense of immersion as Dan finds his way through puzzles in his investigation. There are moments where audio is very important. Observer dives deep into the science of how sounds can trigger a specific response out of a person. There are many moments where ambiance fuels the story and immersion.

The mechanics of Observer are rather simple as well. This game is basically an interactive movie. You look around and find a couple of clues and the questions for the story are laid out in choices when interrogating suspects or when you are working on a lead. Voice acting works beautifully in this game; as some of the characters are on their final few days or hours, you can hear it through the voices of the actors.

Alongside the very immersive story comes very intricate placement of clues and scares. The developers have put a lot of thought into where they want you to look so you can get a very real sense of you actually being the detective.

The graphics and audio are stunning. Graphics help you dive deeper into the immersion by placing you into a scene of major disdain as you experience how bad civilization can be. The audio gives the ambiance you would expect. With skillful placement of certain audio cues, you find yourself looking in the wrong direction often. These miscues are made to distract you from what you really need to look for.

However, with every game, there are a few cons. This game does struggle to keep a solid playable frame rate in a few scenes. I do not have a beast of a computer, either; however, I do surpass the minimum requirements to be able to run the game. During the times when the frame rate suffered, you could definitely feel the stutters in the game and the lag that came with it. Needless to say, this game is very well put together and I enjoyed playing Observer. I believe the developers have done an excellent job with Observer and have delivered a beautiful game.

Pros:

  • Engaging story
  • Stellar graphics and sounds
  • Great voice acting
  • Easy to play
  • Skillfully placed scares
  • Beautiful scene transitions
  • Great replayability

Cons:

  • Occasional frame rate issues
  • Some parts of the story have a long buildup

SinfulDeity gives Observer a Drastik Measure 8.0 out of 10 (80)

Generally speaking, Observer is one of the best games I have ever played to date. I couldn’t get enough of the game and I would play through it again any time.

>observer_ is available on Steam for $29.99 (USD).