Orwell - Ignorance is Strength
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An interesting concept returns but the subject matter isn’t as good as the first time around. I love the idea of snooping on the bad guys, but sadly, it’s a step backwards.
Considering that Orwell is merely about reading, and then dragging and dropping information, it’s one of the most intense experiences you will have playing a game. You are going to think about Orwell’s implications about fake news, data, and social media long after finishing the game.
Orwell: Ignorance is Strength approaches the relevance to which it aspires, but not until late in its final act.
The second season of the Orwell series continues with a strong narrative rooted in contemporary issues, with a couple of new mechanics keeping the gameplay alive
An interesting sequel to one of the best games of 2016, delving further into the role of government as an all-seeing eye with interesting questions about privacy and truth. Doesn't add much to the original's formula but still well worth playing.
The follow-up to Orwell, which asks you to take down an anti-government blogger, is a slighter take on the original game's mechanics and themes.
Two for two, Orwell continues to be an engrossing voyeuristic experience. While Keeping an Eye On You had this belief that 'the end justified the means', Ignorance is Strength has a far more venomous bite resulting in a frenzied finale. It cleverly spins a new perspective using the same tools as before, while always reminding you that the system, no matter how cold and callous, is still made up of regular folks like you and me.
Hold your horses for the moment, is my tip, and hopefully in a month's time I'll be back with a far more positive recommendation.
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