Observer, the cyberpunk horror title from the creators of Layers of Fear, is out now on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. I’m actually playing it right now, so you can expect a review soon.
The game is described as “a horror experience meant for mature audiences.” From what I saw so far, it’s a mature experience that doesn’t rely on F-bombs or buckets of blood to shock the player, which is refreshing.
It follow detective Dan Lazarski, played by none other than the legendary Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner). You are an Observer – a special “neural detective” that works for the corporate-funded police. You job is to hack suspects’ minds and extract memories that will serve as evidence. Welcome to the future.
I say the future, because the game takes place in the year 2084, under the totalitarian regime of the megacorporation Chiron. Oh, and it’s set in Poland of all places.
The concept is intriguing enough. As you can see from the launch trailer above, Observer is a mix of dystopian sci-fi future, and a drug-fueled nightmare.
My impression so far is positive. The game has more freedom to explore the surroundings than Layers of Fear had. However, the parts that take place inside people’s mind are very linear, and consist mostly of walking forward.
Still, I haven’t played the game for more than a couple of hours, so it’s a bit early to judge.
Observer is now available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can jump right in and give it a try, or wait from our official review a bit later this month.
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