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Developer: The Deep End Games
Content Rating: Mature
Perception is a first-person narrative horror adventure that tells the story of Cassie, a blind heroine who uses her extraordinary hearing and razor-sharp wits to unravel the mysteries of an abandoned estate that haunts her dreams.
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- OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)
- Processor: Dual core CPU @2.4 GHz +
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or Radeon 6870
- Storage: 7 GB available space
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Critic Reviews19 Reviews
In the end, I didn't feel like I'd gained any insight into what it was like to be blind but instead had just heard a collection of ghost stories while walking around in the dark. Maybe I was expecting too much from Perception, but it doesn't deliver on any of its promises. It isn't fun, it isn't scary, it isn't insightful, and the narrative is mediocre at best if not disconnected and a bit offensive.
Perception is full of interesting ideas, both mechanically and narratively, but it never fully commits. It’s a game about being blind that allows you to see. It’s a game about things that go bump in the night, but those horrors rarely show up to threaten you. There are some strong moments peppered throughout Perception, and some great, chilling histories to uncover in this virtual haunted house, but it plays at much bigger ideas than its surface-level exploration can handle.
Unravelling the mysteries of what actually happened to the residents, and Cassie's connection to the place, is nice and grisly—it's just that slowly wandering around these boring rooms is not a strong enough hook to base an entire game on. Perhaps this is clever in that it illustrates the reality of being Cassie, but it sadly hasn't yielded a horror game that I'd recommend spending either your time or money on.