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Perception

The Deep End Games, Feardemic
May 30, 2017 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
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OpenCritic Rating

59

Top Critic Average

22%

Critics Recommend

IGN
4.8 / 10
PC Gamer
50 / 100
Metro GameCentral
3 / 10
Game Informer
8.3 / 10
Polygon
6.5 / 10
GameSpot
5 / 10
Destructoid
3 / 10
TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Perception

IGN

4.8 / 10.0
IGN

Perception is as much a disappointment for the clever and inherently frightening idea it wastes as it is for the mistakes it makes. At its heart, there's the promise of playing something genuinely new, from a perspective that could help teach and thrill simultaneously. It's unfortunate that, like its echolocation mechanic, the more I saw of Perception, the more there was to worry about.

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Perception offers a decent set of horror stories, but exploring this house gets dull pretty quickly.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
3 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Some very clever ideas are completely squandered by a game that is neither scary, enjoyable, or thought-provoking – although it does manage irritating and dull with great aplomb.

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Although more unsettling than outright terrifying, Perception brings some novel ideas to the horror genre

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Perception features some strong moments but never fully commits to its big ideas

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A novel and inventive approach to first-person exploration falls short of its ambitions.

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Maybe I was expecting too much from Perception, but it doesn't deliver on any of its promises.

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There are some great ideas in Perception, but the execution is somewhat lacking. Wandering around a haunted house with no vision should be a tense, methodical, creepy experience, but this game has a sprint button. You are given a lot of help to navigate and solve puzzles because if you did not have your sight and were trapped in a mansion with moving walls and keys to find you would be utterly helpless. This means the whole premise to the game quickly becomes pointless, which is a real shame.

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