The Talos Principle

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Leif Johnson

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8.3 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2014

The Talos Principle includes excellent puzzles and heady philosophy, but stumbles where the two intersect.

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9 / 10
Dec 8, 2014

The Talos Principle is a game of challenges and conundrums and philosophical wonderings, filled with logic puzzles and cerebral mysteries. Its chunky mechanical processes are underpinned by a compelling breadcrumb-trail narrative that tackles the intangible notion of humanity and consciousness. Consequently, despite playing a robot that interacts with computer terminals and takes instruction from a disembodied voice in the sky, it exudes personality and charm; its mechanical precision complementing its aesthetic qualities. For an experience bereft of human contact it boasts a very big heart indeed.

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84 / 100
Dec 9, 2014

An adept and satisfying puzzle game with a narrative that requires a bit of player investment to yield its biggest rewards.

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Oct 15, 2015

With its relaxing atmosphere, pretty environments and interesting theological dilemma, The Talos Principle is PS4's best puzzler to date.

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9 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2014

If you love brainteasers and philosophy, then The Talos Principle is better than a night at the movies

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9 / 10
Dec 15, 2014

Excellent puzzles are only the tip of the iceberg for The Talos Principle, an existential journey about what it is to be human.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2014

It's a smart game that doesn't punish you for it, a puzzle game that allows a sense of creativity. And while it isn't the most upbeat thing out there, there's a vein of hope that runs through it — and ties it all together neatly at the end.

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Oct 7, 2015

If you love and miss the Portal series, it's time to celebrate: The Talos Principle has all the first-person puzzles you've been craving, wrapped in an extremely thoughtful package. Don't be surprised if you feel legitimately smarter after reaching the end of its 100-plus puzzles.

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Oct 9, 2015

I didn't expect a video game to have deep philosophical questions that I pondered long after each session, and I appreciate how it adds the kind of depth seldom seen in games. It's also very cool to play a non-combat game that keeps me interested for hours at a time. The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition doesn't offer any new content to entice people who played the PC version, but I highly recommend it to everyone who hasn't.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2014

The Talos Principle has some important things to say, but more thoughtfully, it wants the player to have important things to say as well. Even those who do not bother to think about the philosophical topics can find a smart, sometimes frustratingly difficult puzzler here. It really shines for those open to both.

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