Percentile Rank

The Occupation is ranked in the 31st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 55 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

67

Top Critic Average

32%

Critics Recommend

Based on 55 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Mar 4, 2019

A tense, imaginative thriller that buckles under the weight of its own ambition.

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Checkpoint Gaming
Meh
Meh
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation is so many things I have wanted to see in a game, but I can't give it the love and adoration I want to.

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Unboxholics
Caution
Caution
Mar 13, 2019

A remarkable political thriller with real-time elements that differentiate it from other games in the same genre. The fairly common and serious technical problems are a deal breaker, sadly.

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GameCloud
No
No
Mar 7, 2019

The Occupation is an excellent concept for a game, and something I hope to see done more in the future, but it failed in several regards this time around. The story is perfectly functional, but the implied intrigue is nothing more than an implication, and any curiosity I had to learn more was purely in disbelief that it could be as simple as it seemed. The mechanics and systems, particularly those built around stealth, are far from refined, and further still from “fun.” Even fundamental interface components are tremendously flawed, as well as a bunch of other technical issues throughout. I love the premise of The Occupation so much, and I genuinely hope to see more in its ilk, but I simply can’t recommend this game.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 4, 2019

Playing The Occupation is like puzzling over a dense little knot of tangled priorities, information, and pressures. It’s tense to play through, and even more fun to go back and try the process again, armed with information from previous runs.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 7, 2019

The best bit of The Occupation is creeping around and scrabbling through paperwork, and that bit is bloody brilliant.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 17, 2019

Although imperfect in many ways, I still consider The Occupation to be a totally worthwhile experience and a great display of ambitious game design. The investigative components and political thriller narrative are highly engaging in spite of its clunky packaging.

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Scored Reviews

TechRaptor
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation is a taut investigative simulation and stealth thriller. It's infused with a realistic and multidimensional approach to mechanics, systems, and level design. This is a must-play for fans of Deus Ex and Dishonored.

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We Got This Covered
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation is a charismatic mystery game, full of interesting game mechanics and writing that thrusts players into the midst of political turmoil.

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Cultured Vultures
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2019

The Occupation is a great experience that will have you breaking a sweat as you attempt to use every last second you have to discover the truth about the Turing Incident.

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GameWatcher
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

There's a lot to love with The Occupation. It's got humanity, tension, and plenty of little touches that make finding that extra bit of information exciting without the usual violence you've come to expect from stealth games. However, its focus on no manual saving and real-time gameplay will be a dealbreaker. It's not for everyone, but anyone craving consequence and narrative in their stealth game will find a challenge worth facing.

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AbsoluteXbox
4.2 / 5.0
4.2 / 5.0
Mar 21, 2019

On the whole though, a very well done game with an outstandingly impressive attention to detail.

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Daily Mirror
Mar 4, 2019

Would I recommend The Occupation? Yes. If you like real stealth and a kind of nostalgia and have a good gaming session you can dedicate to the game. It will reward you well. If you are a gamer with not much time, I am not too sure. But I certainly wouldn’t let that put you off giving it a go.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 6, 2019

The Occupation is a smart, story-driven stealth adventure, the sort of game that gets under your skin in ways you didn't even realize.

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Daily Star
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation might not be the first of its kind, yet it manages to provide a distinct experience that delivers on everything it promises. With completion only lasting a few hours, you’ll find yourself craving more, whilst not actually feeling like your time with the game was cut short.

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TrueAchievements
Mar 12, 2019

The Occupation brilliantly blends elaborate levels, breadcrumb-chasing, gotcha journalism, and a politically-charged drama to become one of 2019's most interesting games.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 11, 2019

The Occupation is one of the most unique games in recent years, and despite some weird issues and shortages, it is still one the best in the Immersive Sim genre. Its solid narrative and smart design will keep you engaged form the start to the very end and even after you beat the game, you'll still want some more.

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PowerUp!
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

It's not going to be for everyone, but The Occupation is a great game that deserves to be played by those who love the detective genre.

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GamePitt
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation is a game in which you can’t take anything for granted, especially the time you have to wander the halls of the BCG. At its core, it’s a stealth game in which you must avoid detection whilst you gather evidence and incriminating information so you can push your interviewees for more info, but it’s also a nostalgic trip back to the ’80s here in the North West of England. How you go about completing the game is your choice, key events are scripted and unmissable, but what you do outside of those is up to you. Also, regardless of how much you’ve found/uncovered, the show must go on as you’re forced into the next segment with or without the things you need.

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PSX Brasil
75 / 100
75 / 100
Mar 5, 2019

The Occupation is not recommend to those players that care for graphics ou how much time you will pass in front of the TV. Even with some technicals issues, it's recommended for those that appreciate a beautiful investigative story.

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PSX Brasil
75 / 100
75 / 100
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation is not recommend to those players that care for graphics ou how much time you will pass in front of the TV. Even with some technicals issues, it's recommended for those that appreciate a beautiful investigative story.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2019

The Occupation merges the political thriller into a video game in a fantastic way, but the slow burn of politics and its drama seeps into the gameplay and makes the title more tedious overall.

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New Game Network
72 / 100
72 / 100
Mar 12, 2019

Freeform investigation with multiple outcomes is scarcely as good as it is in The Occupation, so it's disappointing to see it paired with clunky stealth and an unwillingness to give players enough time to find the game's best-kept secrets.

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The Games Machine
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2019

The Occupation is an intriguing video game with some cool gameplay mechanics, but it's flawed by many issues.

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VideoGamer
7 / 10
VideoGamer
Josh Wise

Top Critic

7 / 10
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation is a game of intriguing ideas and sublime atmosphere; the tension of its real-time thrills gives way to a romance with journalistic sleuthing.

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Critical Hit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2019

The Occupation's clever real-time investigations and immensely engrossing story are undone by its dedication to inducing tension by restricting saving, which is exasperated by uneven technical performance.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2019

The Occupation has a politically charged story with a moral quandary you may not be able to answer due to the game's forced stealth.

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FingerGuns
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 3, 2019

Despite its issues, The Occupation is thrilling, even with its lack of traditional life threatening situations. Hiding behind chairs to wait for Steve the Security guard to leave after you’ve accidentally set off an alarm, nervously awaiting the full 2 minutes for a safe to open while desperately hoping someone doesn’t walk in on you, hiding under a desk while a file slowly transfers to a disk, waiting just out of view until someone opens a door than attempting to follow them in unseen – The Occupation is full of moment to moment nail biting situations where time is your enemy and your most precious resource.

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COGconnected
70 / 100
70 / 100
Apr 6, 2019

The Occupation is a serious and well crafted first-person thriller dripping with nuance and subtleties.

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Just Push Start
3.45 / 5.0
3.45 / 5.0
Mar 5, 2019

The Occupation could, should and would be easily a gaming experience to recommend. Alas, the experience is tarnished with not just little, forgettable or mildly acceptable, bugs.

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Game Informer
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

If you're willing to push past a large number of technical issues and poor stealth gameplay, there's a fantastic story buried deep in The Occupation's heart

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PC Gamer
67 / 100
67 / 100
Mar 4, 2019

An occasionally brilliant immersive sim blighted by bugs and a restrictive save system.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

Despite that, if you enjoy uncovering the truth of a mysterious story, and don't mind replaying a game to uncover the full story, you'll want to pick up a copy of The Occupation when it launches on March 5th for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.

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God is a Geek
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation is an inventive political thriller that does something new, but is let down by poor AI and some frustrating bugs.

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Gameplanet
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 23, 2019

When The Occupation works, it's a thrilling investigative adventure that allows the player freedom to explore and chase leads in a way that feels incredibly exciting. Frustrating controls can be overlooked, but unfortunately, the bugs in the game are incredibly persistent and capable of completely turning a promising experience into one that's too annoying to go on.

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Softpedia
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2019

The main problem with The Occupation is that it hides all the good things (i.e. great concept, strong narrative) under a layer of wrong design decision, bugs, glitches and awkward controls. I had high hopes for this one, but in this state I would not recommend The Occupation to just anyone.

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PlayStation Universe
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2019

A superb, smart and taut detective thriller lay beneath the stack of technical and design issues that The Occupation has, it's just a shame that, in its current form at least, those shortcomings are at the forefront of the experience.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation is bold, ambitious, and a bit of a mess. Its bugs and occasionally obtuse storytelling severely detract from the overall experience, and yet it will live longer in the memory than the average game. There's something fascinating here: a real-time thriller that puts genuine political power in the palm of your hands. But it's strangled by its own ambition, and that's as inevitable as it is unfortunate.

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Xbox Achievements
60%
60%
Mar 22, 2019

Despite being held back by pesky bugs, The Occupation is nonetheless an enjoyable and immersive game that handles weighty subject matter with aplomb.

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jul 24, 2019

The Occupation is uneven experiment to create a nonlinear political thriller with unpleasant restrictions and not always clear motives of the main characters. Bugs, terrible interface, problems with choices in the second half of the game and annoying stealth mechanics cause disappointment.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 11, 2019

A staggeringly ambitious, gun-free immersive reality detective game set in an alternate 1980s Britain, whose admirable intentions are undermined by technical problems.

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IGN
5.9 / 10.0
5.9 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2019

The Occupation is an investigation game that tries to make every second count but is ultimately a missed opportunity.

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IGN
5.9 / 10.0
5.9 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2019

The Occupation is an investigation game that tries to make every second count but is ultimately a missed opportunity.

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Wccftech
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation structures itself in an interesting way, sets a unique tone, and toys with some potent topics, but lacks the depth or polish needed to live up to its potential. Like a disappointing newspaper article, you're left with more questions than answers and wishing somebody would do the subject proper justice. The Occupation is, unfortunately, pretty vacant.

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AnaitGames
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 13, 2019

The Occupation it's an intelligent and ambitious game that could have become one of this year's surprises —and maybe it will, when it's properly finished.

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Slant Magazine
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation's fierce commitment to immersing the player in its credible world is also the game's undoing.

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PC Invasion
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation tries to present itself as a political thriller emphasizing stealth. Sadly, it has neither the thrills nor the mechanics for both.

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WellPlayed
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation is a unique and intriguing investigative thriller, that is sadly ruined by a multitude of performance issues that see it never reach its full potential

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Jump Dash Roll
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 12, 2019

Brilliantly conceived but sloppily executed, The Occupation's potential as an immersive detective sim suffers from too many technical problems to recommend it.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation has a premise that is really intriguing in theory. Trying to spy on a powerful entity and taking them to task with your questioning is the kind of experience that can be great in the game, and taking inspiration from current affairs makes it feel much more authentic. It's a shame that various bugs, even when updated to the most recent build, can make the experience feel lacklustre, and at times a frustration to play.

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GameGrin
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
May 1, 2019

A great idea executed in a mediocre way. If you can deal with the lack of polish, there is an interesting game here.

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Video Chums
4.7 / 10.0
4.7 / 10.0
Mar 10, 2019

The Occupation is a classic example of a concept with great promise but poor execution.

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Gameblog
4 / 10
4 / 10
Mar 6, 2019

The Occupation doesn't live up to its promises. After one hour of investigation, the player won't even try to understand what's going on anymore, as the narration feels way too elusive. Not to mention all the technical issues (framerate drops, glitches) and the bland art direction. It's a shame, given the interesting themes mentioned in the game.

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OnlySP
Mar 6, 2019

The foundations are present for a really enjoyable, unique game, and given more time, it could be. In OnlySP’s interview with White Paper Games, the team already outlined plans to tweak the game after release. If White Paper Games can fix these initial problems, The Occupation may yet be one of 2019’s best releases, just not upon initial release.

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PlayStation Galaxy
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Mar 17, 2019

The Occupation was on the right track. The developers were on the right track. Everything could have been on the right track. It just needed debuggers.

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