The Novelist

Rating Summary

Based on 14 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

23%

Critics Recommend

Based on 14 critic reviews
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6 / 10.0
Jan 19, 2014

The Novelist still remains an interesting experiment that you will find yourself getting caught up in. Playing as an outsider to the family gives you a significant amount of objectivity but also prevents you from ever really connecting.

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8 / 10
Jan 2, 2014

It's an interesting short experiment in narrative choices, then, but perhaps I'm just missing the point because I'm single, young, childless, and will never be able to afford that house. In any case, I really hope Mr Ghost gets to flip a table over one day or spew some food just once, because he's really earned it.

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5 / 10
Dec 17, 2013

An intriguing narrative is bogged down by sparse mechanics and repetitive environments.

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70%
Dec 17, 2013

A disappointing experiment in disappointment.

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Dec 14, 2013

These mechanics aren't broken so much as literally insane, in the sense that each chapter requires you to do the exact same things, somehow expecting different results.

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4 / 5.0
Dec 14, 2013

We're simply not used to having real emotional reactions to video games. Sure, some titles are getting better at it, but for the most part that's something truly lacking in the medium.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2013

Seeing one character succeed at another's expense isn't exactly fun, but it results in some tough and thought-provoking decisions

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4 / 5.0
Dec 11, 2013

I'd easily recommend it for anyone interested in thoughtful, emotionally-driven story — though, its focus on this is likely a detractor for many more "traditional" gamers.

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7.5 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2013

The Novelist captures the quiet heartbreaks of family life.

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Dec 11, 2013

[W]hile The Novelist certainly has a particular charm with its minimalist visual style and unique concept, I felt underwhelmed by my experience with it.

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