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Even stranger than its premise and scarier than it looks, The Station is a short ride to a great ending.
Walking simulators are often defined by their stories. The Station never truly delivers on its premise or setup
If you're a fan of exploration titles then you should enjoy this. While The Station doesn't reach the heights of some other titles in the genre, it is a good attempt and tells a slightly different story. Hopefully the audio and visual bugs can be ironed out, but The Station is an intriguing little mystery that has you guessing what happened to the crew on board right until the very end.
It may not be a great game, but the puzzles are impressive. It's just shame it has such a rushed ending that never rewards you for following the plot.
The Station is futuristic sci-fi puzzling delivered with polish, but the trouble is that what you receive doesn't feel very new.
The Station for Xbox One is a narrative driven sci-fi game that introduces some interesting story themes, but feels way too short and will leave most players wanting more.
The Station is a promising game, telling a magnificent story through a path paved by games like Gone Home and Tacoma.
It's always a pleasure when the storyline is as intriguing as the gameplay. The Station is good at both in equal measure. The solutions to the sundry problems on The Station are just challenging enough—not too easy, not too hard.
So called "walking simulators" live or die on whether they deliver an engaging story, and while The Station appears – at least at first glance – to have this covered, it misses the mark in a number of important ways. It's not bad by any means, but its characters and themes feel light and underdeveloped. While it stumbles narratively, it does at least successfully craft a tense atmosphere, but neither this nor its modest number of enjoyable – if somewhat easy – puzzles are enough to make this a prime candidate for first contact.
The Station fails to captivate despite its interesting ideas and puzzles. The setting is nice, but the script and narrative couldn't quite deliver on the core concept.