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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.
Perception offers a decent set of horror stories, but exploring this house gets dull pretty quickly.
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.
Although more unsettling than outright terrifying, Perception brings some novel ideas to the horror genre
A novel and inventive approach to first-person exploration falls short of its ambitions.
Perception features some strong moments but never fully commits to its big ideas
Maybe I was expecting too much from Perception, but it doesn't deliver on any of its promises.
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.
The premises (a blind character, a creepy house, an evil spirit) were good, but Perception falls short as survival horror and as an intriguing walking simulator.
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Perception is an original game concept with its blind character, but it fails too much in core aspects of terror genre like the game mechanics or the history itself.
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