About this game
Developer: White Paper Games
Content Rating: Teen
The Occupation is a first-person, fixed-time, investigative thriller set in North West England on 24th October 1987. You play as a journalist in a detailed, systems-driven world where people react to your actions and time is your biggest enemy.
Critic Reviews15 Reviews
Tristan Ogilvie — Mar 04, 2019
There’s some irony to the fact that in its effort to design a game to be played against a ticking clock, the developer of The Occupation seemingly ran out of time. There’s a compelling narrative here, and some wonderful performances from the voice cast, but an experience that had the potential to put me on the edge of my seat more often than not made me want to start throwing chairs.
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Ethan Willard — Mar 04, 2019
When I started this review, I thought it would be a short one. Now, 1600 words later, I realize that The Occupation touched me more than I thought it did. It’s one of those games I will be recommending to everyone, and showing to those who want to see what the medium can do. It’s not a perfect game, but at least it’s trying to do something more. That is something I will always welcome.
Sammy Barker — Mar 04, 2019
The Occupation is bold, ambitious, and a bit of a mess. Its bugs and occasionally obtuse storytelling severely detract from the overall experience, and yet it will live longer in the memory than the average game. There’s something fascinating here: a real-time thriller that puts genuine political power in the palm of your hands. But it’s strangled by its own ambition, and that’s as inevitable as it is unfortunate.
David Wildgoose — Mar 06, 2019
Of course, it seems churlish to complain too much about a game I'm enjoying enough to willingly replaying it again and again to explore every facet of its story. The Occupation is the sort of game you'll find yourself thinking about when you're not playing it, that gets under your skin in ways you didn't even realize. I'm going to play it again. Maybe this time I'll completely crack the case.
Andrew Smith — Mar 04, 2019
While all of this may seem a bit harsh, The Occupation is a good game that tells an intriguing story. Unfortunately, that story is lost in jumbled-up storytelling, which ultimately causes the player to be confused and disconnected from the game. Players will likely need another playthrough to get a full grasp of the story and to experience the various dialogues, possibilities, and endings that the game has to offer. While it is not a bad game by any means, The Occupation is held back from its full potential.
Javy Gwaltney — Mar 04, 2019
The bleak resolution that I reached, which took me to task for my failure to uncover all the clues, was a powerful conclusion to a story. I just wish it wasn’t such a chore to get to that point. The Occupation’s technical issues and consistent dullness will likely keep me from playing through again to see just how many consequences exist for your failures and successes, and that’s a shame.
Mary Billington — Mar 10, 2019
The Occupation is a classic example of a concept with great promise but poor execution. The massive amount of bugs that hamper progress and the lack of a proper stealth system constantly get in the way of being able to enjoy this admittedly unique experience.
Steven Santana — Mar 11, 2019
Exploring areas you shouldn’t be in, unraveling the true motivations behind lies and put on faces, piecing together clues for the big break, and confronting interviewees with evidence of their lies can be a lot of fun, just be prepared to have a wannabe actor asking you to leave as he just happened to be passing by anytime you enter a staff only area.
Aran Suddi — Mar 04, 2019
The Occupation has a premise that is really intriguing in theory. Trying to spy on a powerful entity and taking them to task with your questioning is the kind of experience that can be great in the game, and taking inspiration from current affairs makes it feel much more authentic. It's a shame that various bugs, even when updated to the most recent build, can make the experience feel lacklustre, and at times a frustration to play.
GameCentral — Mar 11, 2019
All that makes The Occupation something of an enigma. On one hand it has its sights set on the very best the games industry has to offer, with a genuine sense of guiding your own fate in an uncertain situation. On the other, its highfalutin ambitions are sabotaged by technical flaws, many of which appear, at least on the surface, to be easily avoidable.
Mike Holmes — Mar 07, 2019
Risks were taken but not all of them paid off. That kind of bravery is just one of the many things that we can applaud the game and its creators for, but it's also the reason that this is a recommendation with caveats. One thing's for sure, this a bold and fascinating game and we can't wait to see what the studio goes on to do next.
John-Paul Jones — Mar 05, 2019
A superb, smart and taut detective thriller lay beneath the stack of technical and design issues that The Occupation has, it's just a shame that, in its current form at least, those shortcomings are at the forefront of the experience.
Marta Trivi — Mar 14, 2019
White Paper Games tiene en sus manos una gran idea pero, irónicamente, le ha faltado tiempo para desarrollarla. The Occupation es un juego inteligente y ambicioso que podría haberse convertido en una de las sorpresas del año. Y quizás lo haga. Cuando esté correctamente terminado.
Filipe Da Silva Barbosa — Mar 06, 2019
Force est de constater que le résultat n'est pas à la hauteur de la promesse, pourtant intéressante, de The Occupation. Passée la première heure, on se surprend à ne même plus lire les nombreux documents ramassés ça-et-là, tant le déploiement de l'intrigue manque de dynamisme et ne suscite que peu d'intérêt.
Davide Spotti — Mar 11, 2019
The Occupation prova a sviluppare un'idea tutta sua, seppur con risultati non proprio ottimali. La raccolta di indizi dovendo fare i conti con variabili come il tempo che scorre e la necessità di non farsi individuare è senz'altro interessante, ma la realizzazione complessiva dell'opera si è rivelata poco solida soprattutto a livello narrativo.
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