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Overall Agony is a good game, though it lacks a really scare factor after the first few scares it makes for some unique gameplay in a well-designed environment. I like the fact that it’s not linear, you can explore loads of different areas and do different things from what the main story is offering.
Agony proves that setting is only one component needed to make an excellent horror game.
Agony stays way behind expectations and don't manages even after the official release to fix some major audio/technical issues with the game. The simple gameplay elements and the big graphical downgrade make it hard to recommend this game to anyone.
Review in German | Read full review
Very rarely do you get a game whose title accurately describes how it feels to play it.
While it may have some interesting ideas, Agony's awful optimisation, monotonous gameplay, and infuriating trial and error loop make it a sin to play.
Agony is game that tries really hard to produce a disturbing and scary version of hell. But it fails on both counts. Had the developer Madmind spent more time on the gameplay instead of getting butt physics correct (yes you read that correctly) we might have something here that could pass for a game. The desperate attempts to add shock with the now infamous censored scenes are just schoolboy tricks in a bid to generate hype and ultimately end up a moot point given just how terrible the rest of the game is.
If you are predisposed toward the infernal if you enjoy the gory and the journey this game might be for you. If you are looking for solid gameplay and perpetual darkness is an issue, then you will see more devils than this vast hell can hold.
Agony is good, on paper
In short we can say that Agony is a title with great potential but little exploited. Maybe because of the generated hype, maybe for the scenes shown, I do not know, but I was expecting something more. Certainly the setting is well done, both at a scenographic level and at a sound level. The problem arises however at the level of gameplay. We find in fact a narration that fails to stand out, a gameplay all in all uninteresting and a story that says nothing of that, without counting the many bugs present that do not make the experience of the most pleasant. Even the technical sector is not, however, at its best: although the title always maintains 60 FPS, we are often willing to attend microlag and tearing anyway. Besides this we find movements quite cumbersome and certainly not very enjoyable. In short, a game that could give a lot but that, after all, can not emerge at all.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Agony is one of the biggest disappointments this year. Its excellent atmosphere is butchered by frustrating and repetitive gameplay and an abysmal technical performance