The Assembly

nDreams
Jul 19, 2016 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
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OpenCritic Rating

57

Top Critic Average

25%

Critics Recommend

Eurogamer
No Recommendation
Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
GameSpot
5 / 10
TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
IGN Spain
6 / 10
God is a Geek
6.5 / 10
TrueAchievements
4.5 / 5
Push Square
5 / 10
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Critic Reviews for The Assembly

Eurogamer

No Recommendation
Eurogamer

A breezy sci-fi adventure emboldened by its use of VR that is undone by its mundane underpinnings.

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Metro GameCentral

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5 / 10
Metro GameCentral

More than just a tech demo, but still far from a defining VR experience – especially given the plain visuals and unfocused story and gameplay.

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The Assembly shows signs of promise, but it stumbles in its attempt to craft a compelling story.

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I’m certainly eager to see where nDreams take us to next, as they hone their craft in developing for virtual reality, but The Assembly is sadly just a first step on that journey. It does some interesting things, with a nicely constructed story split between two characters and contrasting styles of gameplay, and it gets the controls right for first person exploration in VR, but without that, it would struggle to stand out from the crowd.

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The Assembly fails trying to keep the player's interest due to its extremely slow rhythm and the repetitive gameplay system. Good story, weak controls & targets.

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The Assembly is a good idea with great building blocks for its intended exploration and puzzle mechanics but it feels somewhat undeveloped. It'll no doubt leave you intrigued yet ultimately pining for more.

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Although it started out as a VR title, The Assembly feels right at home on Xbox, perhaps even better suited.

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The Assembly isn't bad, but it's not good either. It's a puzzle game without enough puzzles, and a pretty forgettable plot. A massive downgrade from the PC version of the title, the visuals can induce headaches or nausea if played for too long, and this is made even worse by the fact that the game doesn't need to be in virtual reality to begin with. It's a title that's cynically riding on the coattails of VR novelty, and while that may make for smart business, it doesn't create a great experience.

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