>Observer_ | First 30 Minutes of Gameplay | PS4

The year is 2084. If you somehow survived the Nanophage, odds are you were killed in the War. 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 seedy 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 to relive their darkest fears. How far will you go to discover the truth?

With cyberpunk legend Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) as Detective Lazarski, >observer_ is a first-person psychological horror story that focuses on a dark, dystopian setting. Developed by Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fear, >observer_ is a horror experience meant for mature audiences. What you see will disturb you.

Observer_ is very different from most first person shooters you’re probably used to. In fact, there isn’t any shooting involved, at least not the section I played. Most of what I played mainly had to do with exploring and investigating. You mainly have to piece together clues to find out what happened to your son. The gameplay is pretty neat, especially with the different ways you can look for clues and obviously because of the lack of shooting, there a bigger emphasis on the story.

Graphically the game looks pretty well done. It’s very sci-fi, futuristic look to it where everything looks bleak and dark, which resembles movies like Total Recall or Blade Runner. The voice acting in the game so far also seems pretty well done with much of the dialog spoken and not just text on the screen.

Overall, not a bad start so far for >Observer_ and I think gamers who want a deep story and a mystery to solve should check this out.

Review code provided to us by the publisher/developer.

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