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The Station has heart but seems to end just as things are getting interesting, almost rushing to the climax instead of enjoying the created space for a short while longer.
The Station from the developers of the same name have made something gorgeous and engaging. Whether you choose to find every audio log and entry or not, the developers have provided a unique science fiction point of view that usually isn’t given in a game, provoking thought. And while The Station isn’t very long, it is full of clever surprises and fascinating story that absolutely delivers.
It’s intriguing and interactive enough to hold your attention, and I suppose the fact that I wanted more by the end is a good sign as well as a bad one. But if you’re interested in a thrilling but short sci-fi story, then The Station could be for you.
There were some good ideas with The Station, but I've played a number of very similar and better put together experiences.
Aside from answering questions, the atmosphere and overall presentation of the game certainly makes a decent fist of engaging players, but that short play time hamstrings The Station before it can ever really get going.
The Station is a must for the ones who carve for a decent atmospheric game with great story-telling. The Station may look like another space exploration game at one glance, but it is built on something very solid and at some point, maybe dark and challenging for our minds.
The Station is short, simple, and sweet. It’s atmosphere-heavy and narrative-light; exploration-rich and challenge-impoverished. However, the attention to setting detail and aesthetic are top-notch, which (for those who come in expecting little more than an immersive walkabout) does much to alleviate the brevity and superficiality of the intended path.
The Station is a short game but one which has a lot of things to be desired. The game looks, sounds and plays great as you wander around uncovering the truth behind what's going on and what happened to the crew. The story is well fleshed out and whole, it's just there for you to find on your own and uncover as you go along – not everything is given to you on a plate and there isn't a load of fluff packed in there for no reason. Highly recommended to everyone who loves a good story, exploration and some decent puzzles.
The Station loses the opportunity to exploit a great atmosphere falling into narrative topics too used at this point, having a mininum duration and serious technical problems that avoid enjoyment of the experience.
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However, if you’re someone who enjoys the story more than anything else and prefers an immersive experience that captivates you and entices your curiosity in the character and setting, then this might not be the game for you.