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That Dragon, Cancer

Numinous Games
Jan 12, 2016 - PC

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75 / 100
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
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7.5 / 10
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An understandably personal work, That Dragon, Cancer's sentimental excesses place a minor dent in a powerful, brave game.

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That Dragon, Cancer tells a valuable story despite its uneven delivery.

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Although not every part of That Dragon, Cancer works, it's a crushingly intimate game that left me thankful for the people who are still in my life, and reflective on those who are not. I'm so grateful to the Greens for sharing their experience.

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A very brave attempt to use video games to inspire empathy and share grief over one of the most sensitive subjects imaginable.

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Heartbreaking, painful, and important.

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That Dragon, Cancer is a beautiful experience, if one that would have benefited considerably from having content cut to improve the flow, pacing and tone.

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That Dragon, Cancer is a game that you will lose. You will not beat it. You don't win. Even This War of Mine has "winning" conditions. It is so fitting that this is a game, not a movie. From the jilting scene transitions to selective interactions, the dioramic games within the game to the increased level of abstraction and perspective changes, the mode of storytelling works. But it mostly excels at being a lesson that as much as you can "game-ify" elements of life, you will be confronted with perma-death—real death.

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Like any good art That Dragon, Cancer redefines the boundaries of its genre. This is creativity unfettered, matched in weight only by the likes of The Last of Us.

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