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Never Alone

Upper One Games, E-Line Media
Nov 18, 2014 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

40%

Critics Recommend

PC Gamer
85 / 100
Eurogamer
10 / 10
GamesRadar+
2 / 5
Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Game Informer
6.5 / 10
Polygon
7 / 10
GameSpot
4 / 10
USgamer
4.5 / 5

Never Alone Review Summary

FairCritic Consensus

Never Alone has critics disagreeing: on the one hand, it has technical and design issues along with a short length. But on the other, its art style, story and tribute to the Inupiaq culture elevate it to being more than a mediocre game.


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Critic Reviews for Never Alone

A beautiful, fascinating exploration of a world that may soon be nothing more than fantasy.

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Never Alone carries the sensibilities of its inspirations, and it feels and looks just as it should.

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Never Alone is bursting with promise and charm, but is savagely let down by technical flaws and maddening design decisions. Not even the cutest fox in gaming can save it.

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A laudable attempt to make a video game that is both entertaining and educational, but despite the interest it builds up for its subject matter the weak gameplay is hard to ignore.

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The story and information is interesting, but the gameplay is an unimpressive delivery method

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While I'm in no great rush to play it again, the appreciation I gleaned for a culture I knew practically nothing about is something I really cherish. If you can patiently plod your way through the game entwined with the story of the Iñupiat people, I suspect you'll cherish them too.

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Upper One Games succeeds at bringing Native Alaskan cultural heritage to the fore, but fails at making a good platformer.

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Despite some occasionally frustrating difficulty spikes, Never Alone tells a fascinating, evocative tale that leaves a deep impression. A terrific platform game, despite its flaws.

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