Beholder: Complete Edition
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This is an amazing game not only in telling a unique perspective, but being fascinating to work through.
Spying on your neighbours and rummaging through their belongings has never been as fun and stressful as it is in Beholder: Complete Edition. The game has some minor blemishes when it comes to tasks and time limits, but the Complete Edition of Beholder is still an incredibly unique and enjoyable totalitarian experience.
Beholder: Complete Edition is a surprisingly challenging experience, but is still a fantastic game.
Beholder is a rare breed of game. It's a dark, gritty theme with the odd comical moment and a hint of strategy all crammed together around moral, game-changing options and outcomes. I love it! If you have played Papers, Please and enjoy that style of gameplay, imagine that along with a hotel simulator and a TellTale game and you kind of get Beholder. The game has a lot of replay value, not just for trophies but also to see how people react to different options and how different choices play out.
Had Beholder released 5 years ago, it would have been hailed as a ground-breaking title for its subversive qualities and biting commentary. As it stands, it is a solidly realised idea that unfortunately falls under the shadow of Papers, Please – a much leaner, older title that is more efficient in conveying many of the same messages.
Beholder is all about making choices, even if the choices become repetitive. The FingerGuns Review;
"Stalking is too repetitive to be fun."
Review in Finnish | Read full review
While not everything quite comes together as likely intended the game experience is, without a doubt, unique and will challenge you in a few different directions. I would have appreciated a little more in-game direction as getting started and being sure what you need to do can be perplexing. Once you get into the routine of taking communication from “The Ministry” and working out what needs to be done it can provide few a few playthroughs (the included DLC adds an alternative situation as well) of something very different.
Beholder is a great management game where you need to decide where your loyalty lies. It plays great and looks awesome. The dark theme fits perfectly with socialist reality of the game and makes for great and somewhat dark experience.
Review in Polish | Read full review
Beholder: Complete Edition is a unique and thought-provoking package that should pique the interest of any gamer that isn't averse to a bit of strategy. It may not stand up so well to many repeated playthroughs, despite it having multiple endings aplenty, but while it lasts it'll have you on tenterhooks as you go about your duplicitous operations.