Observer Reviews Summary

Impressive World
Cyberpunk Stylings
Serviceable Story

Summary: Observer pops off the screen, leaving critics enthralled by its stunning graphics. They're less in agreement about the game's story, but it seems clear that the game hits the right cyberpunk notes.

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Based on 94 critic reviews
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9.1 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2018

>observer_ is a fantastic cyberpunk horror game with a hint of stealth and mind-fucking. The story is all about finding out the truth, leading spontaneous investigations, and trying to lift the lockdown on the building. However, this will require you to hack into the memories and nightmares of dead bodies as well as explore the run-down apartment building as you scourer for clues and evidence. Not everything is as it seems, some things will disturb you, you’ll get hit with moral choices, and you will get creeped out.

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Feb 7, 2019

The Rutger Hauer-starring cyberpunk noir adventure game >observer_ arrives to the Nintendo Switch in an extremely well-crafted and impressive port.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2019
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7 / 10
Aug 29, 2017

Observer is a suave, confident cyber-punk adventure that starts strongly then loses its way before the credits roll

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6.5 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2019

WORTH CONSIDERING - There are a few times where Observer shines when you relinquish your mind to its sensory overload. The gameplay can be painfully slow and the story really takes its time to get going. If you’re into Blade Runner it will whet your appetite for a cyberpunk world, but it won’t spark any deep conversations or existential crises you’ve come to associate with the genre.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2019

It’s not perfect by any means but it is like no other game on the Nintendo Switch and it’s worth your time and money.

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7.8 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2019

>observer_ is a wonderful futuristic Cyberpunk adventure game with plenty of detective work that adds the occasional scary thrill. The story is well written and the interrogation scenes are a wild, fun, vivid psychedelic ride.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2019

The game, despite the graphics not being as fantastic as on the other platforms, was absolutely fantastic and very well put together with many chances to find new side objectives to continue with your story. I would play through Observer again ensuring I found every last bit of detail, although I feel, as stated, it isn’t a very scary game for a horror! I did have some issues with the game crashing a few times, mainly at the ending. I guess the Switch didn’t want to end it as much as I didn’t !!

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Feb 15, 2019

The Switch may not have the power for a game as expansive as Observer, but even with its technical faults and the occasional gameplay misstep, it’s still an incredible experience. Whether it’s the morbid story, the disturbing atmosphere or the deeply involving detective gameplay, this is a genuinely brilliant horror-thriller that works its way under your skin and lingers long after you put the controller down.

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Aug 25, 2017

Observer features a gripping storyline, a geyser of ideas and an unconventional visual style. However, its charm couldn't fully unfold on such a small area. Its world has a great potential and I hope the developers will return to it eventually.

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