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Event is an interesting game that implements text-based interactions in a beautiful and modern environment with fantastic visuals.
I think there’s more to do in Event than what you’re given, but this is one of those games where the experience worth having, and will be different for everyone who plays based on how they interact with Kaizen. For me though, it felt a bit shallow for deep space.
Event is the sort of game that could inspire developers and spark a number of clones. As an experiment in integrating natural language processing with a game, it's a success. Kaizen works. The game is not very long, which could be a downer depending on what you think of length of games. It does however, showcase high production values, and Ocelot Society have certainly made their mark with this intriguing science-fiction adventure.
There is something fundamentally creepy about Event, which is an adventure game with a first person perspective. It is very narrative-driven and also quite short, which may have some people scratching their heads at what the fuss is all about. The thing is, it offers you a connection to a character and the way you own the relationship that is built is both unique and deserves the time to properly explore it.
Event  leaves you wanting more. It makes you wish for a bigger ship, for a more robust chat feature, and for a few more puzzles. Obviously that means the game is doing something right, but it also feels incomplete. That said, Event  is a commendable experience, because it ventures into a new and exciting place.
Your enjoyment of Event is going to depend on whether you like chatting. Conversation with AI is the real focus of the game, and even though it is flawed, the system works effectively if you give it a little effort. While the presentation holds up its end of things, the gameplay outside of typing feels stunted; the easy puzzles and very short playtime encompass a story that ends right before it goes anywhere interesting. While it's not the best in its field, Event is still worth trying, so long as you know what you're signing up for.
Event is a fun, beautiful, innovative, deeply atmospheric, and extremely engrossing experience… but it only touches perfection. From the notion of chatting with the AI using the keyboard in order to overcome obstacles, to the subjects that the plot revolves around, this gives the feeling that it could be so much more. Hopefully, this was nothing more than a great start for Ocelot Society.
I am happy to experience 'Event' because what it contains is probably a harbinger of things to come in gaming. As a complete gameplay experience, however, it can be limited and flawed. It has evolved from its beginnings as a student project to become more than a mere tech demo, but it could have gone farther in its Turing test.
As is the case with a lot of like-minded sci-fi, Event sets out to blur the already hazy lines between human and machine. It does this especially well with how it coaxes you into communicating with Kaizen.