Percentile Rank

Transference is ranked in the 48th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 52 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

35%

Critics Recommend

Based on 52 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 19, 2018

The environments are scaled well and comfortable to move through using the standard quarter-turn method or by spinning in place in an office chair. In that regard, the technology behind Transference is a triumph.

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Scored Reviews

COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 20, 2018

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Gaming Nexus
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2018

Film company SpectreVision dips their peanut butter into Ubisoft's videogame chocolate, and the two great tastes taste great together (in a horrible, family-murdering sort of way). While some might balk at the shorter length of Transference, I found the experience to be spot-on, particularly while played experienced in the very high-end VR. With a unique take on “walking simulator” mechanics and some fun (and not overly difficult) puzzles, Transference feels like an afternoon well-spent. Just be ready for some dark, adult themes. They don't call mad scientists ‘mad' for nothing, and Transference has one doozy of a mad scientist.

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IGN Spain
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2018

A game that proves what VR is capable of achieving... despite it's still a great game played as a traditional game.

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Rely On Horror
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2018

Transference is a story about obsession and the lengths someone will go to preserve the very thing they've destroyed. Here's our review.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2018

Transference combines a fantastic story with great acting and smart puzzles for an experience that manages to really stand out from the crowd.

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Digital Chumps
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

Plucking inspiration from several unsettling sources of entertainment, Transference delivers a creepy, cerebral virtual reality tour through a broken family dynamic that is unimpeded by taxing puzzles and relishes in immersing players in haunted house of tragedy.

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Generación Xbox
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2018

Singularly short, but also singularly intense. Narrative of high flights with gameplay at height. It is recommended to play in one sitting.

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The Games Machine
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2018

Transference is an extremely interesting experiment and it succeeds in mixing the movie and videogame components. The use of audio will keep you on the edge, and a few jump scare work very well. However, the constant feeling of tension ends up holding the narrative back, as a greater variety of emotions would have benefitted the overall experience. Transference is remarkably short for a videogame, which might disappoint many players.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2018

Creativity is above everything in gaming industry and can cover many issues in games. Most of the time that Ubisoft brought us a smaller game (compared to its huge blockbusters), it has been a good game with creativity, like Grow Home, Valiant Hearts and now, Transference. Without a doubt, Transference is one of the best VR games that has created and even without VR it is still a deep experience that emotionally and mentally challenges you to tell you an amazing story. beside wonderful story, also art style, colors, puzzles, and music are very beautiful. Sound is everything in this game and developers use this element in best way that is possible in a game. despite of some issues in gameplay mechanics, Transference is a piece of art that takes you to the depth of its complex story to experience pure mental fear.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 27, 2018

Ultimately, Transference weaves an effective, but grim tale of one man's descent into the madness and the horrific fate that he has sealed for his family. The puzzles aren't particularly challenging, but their difficulty works well within the pacing of the story, engaging your brain enough without dragging the story to a halt. Its claims of 'bridging the gap between games and movies' fall flat, but if you can stomach the hefty price tag, Transference is a worthwhile addition to the narrative-driven puzzle game genre.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 17, 2018

Transference is a very successful adventure project without any revelations, but with a good VR adaptation. If you plan to play a story of a mad professor in the usual way without the VR headset, then you can deduct one point from our score.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2018

All said and done Transference is a wonderfully executed, narrative, puzzle thriller that kept me entertained through the entire story.

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VGProfessional
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2018

Transference is an example of a first-person narrative driven game done right. From its tech singularity premise to its balance of story and gameplay, the game manages to craft an experience that's immersive and interactive without feeling like another walking simulator.

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IGN Italy
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2018

Halfway between graphic adventure and walking simulator (but with the plus of VR), Transference is not a game for everyone, but its atmosphere is priceless.

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Areajugones
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2018

Transference is a particular piece but, besides its lack of content and its abrupt final, it also is an interesting experience. With a compelling story, great sense of atmosphere and astonishing graphics, we recommend it to everyone who likes titles that go beyond being just a videogame.

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Hobby Consolas
77 / 100
77 / 100
Sep 18, 2018

It won't be a defining PS VR title, but it has interesting ideas and shows the potential of Spectravision on the VR medium. As their first game, its a decent offering that leave us dreaming with what they can achieve in the future. As an adventure it's a little bit simple, but if has "something" that, we hope, will grow on future productions.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2018

Transference's subtlety is meant to create additional depth, but keeping the player at arm's length only works if you eventually let them in. Unfortunately, Transference never fully shows its narrative hand and that's the game's biggest detriment. Gameplay-wise, the game is easy but satisfying to navigate. The surrealist, horror aspects of the shifting environments create a steady stream of tension and intrigue. While its brevity might be a turn off to players who enjoy a heartier game experience, Ubisoft Montreal and SpectreVision succeeded in combining games and movies into one entertaining and eerie walking sim.

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GamingTrend
75 / 100
75 / 100
Oct 16, 2018

Transference is an interesting experiment in the blending of horror and virtual reality. Noah and Waller deliver a stressful experience that pushes the player into an uncomfortable space. While the puzzles aren't going to bend your brain, the tension is more than worth the trip...and it is very much a trip.

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Flickering Myth
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2018

Though this sinewy psychological thriller may prove both disappointingly brief and overtly obtuse for some headset owners, as an exercise in pure, distilled atmosphere, it's one of PSVR's most bracingly effective offerings so far in 2018.

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Stevivor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2018

It's not a normal movie in that the interactivity of a video game provides a personal connection to what's going on. It's not simply a video game because it plays with standard conventions, and — similar to standouts like Alan Wake — manages to leave you with more questions than answers. I might not need to play it again, but I sure as hell want to start discussing it.

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NoobFeed
75 / 100
75 / 100
Sep 19, 2018

Transference doesn't have intense combat or elaborate bosses. Instead, the adventure is about the experience of being in an unknown world that feels wrong. This uncomfortable tone of fragmented memories, environments, and many jump scares to create a surreal horror experience. For so much Transference does well it length and expensive price tag will bother a lot of gamers.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 22, 2018

Transference is an experience fit for VR, and from that perspective, the game does a phenomenal job of providing tension, scares, and narrative beats. Those looking for value may feel a little short-changed, especially so without the implementation of virtual reality, but the overall package should leave you satisfied if horror and terror is your forte.

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Bloody Disgusting
Sep 18, 2018

Transference is in some ways, a tighter twist on Bloober Team's Observer (with a dash of that company's Layers of Fear in the mix). But it never reaches the loopy and inventive highs of that game's head-messing. Not that there isn't merit to the strange and disturbing places Transference goes because it definitely has a good line in loopy. It just needed a bit more substance to the quieter moments.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 11, 2018

Short, inconclusive, but monstrously intense, Transference represents the next step forward for narrative games.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2018

There's a lot to like about the way Transference tries to tell its story, but it often lacks direction which pulls you out of the experience.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 17, 2018

It's a game worth checking out, but is far from the great narrative experiences other games of this type have come to be known for.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 26, 2018

Transference's distressing subject matter and eerie atmosphere make for a strong horror experience, even if some of its potential is squandered by a non-committal narrative.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 19, 2018

Transference offers a unique experience. If it scares away with now known gimmicks, its unhealthy atmosphere, exploded storytelling and the imagination left to the player as well as the meta aspect of browsing a faulty software in a video game make it a unique and successful experience.

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GameCrate
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2018

Although Transference is an interesting narrative horror game, it struggles to carve out a space as a VR game and a traditional title. The story is undeniably something worth experiencing, but the gameplay is lackluster enough that more often than not it serves as a barrier to experiencing what Transference does best.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 21, 2018

Transference certainly showcases the potential of VR storytelling in the style Spectrevision are attempting. Even if its short story isn't always effectively told, and some of the puzzles distract, the atmosphere that's been created through detailed world design, incredible lighting effects, and intense sound design makes for a terrifying experience.

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Screen Rant
Sep 18, 2018

A strongly acted psychological thriller wrapped in the familiar framework of a VR-friendly "walking simulator."

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 28, 2018

Transference is a novel concept with with adequate execution.

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GearNuke
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2018

Transference presents a unique premise and some interesting ideas but ultimately falls a short in realizing their potential. That said, it’s worth checking out in VR for its captivating audiovisual experience.

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Press Start
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 19, 2018

Transference is an ambitious experience that feels a little bit late to the party. It has an interesting premise and an atmospheric, well realised world brought to life with gusto, especially if playing in virtual reality. But despite all of this, it never truly transcends the slew of similar games that came before it and is over much too quickly.

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Game Rant
Sep 19, 2018

Transference is a genuinely terrifying and atmospheric virtual reality horror game from Ubisoft, but it has some issues that keep it from reaching its full potential.

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New Game Network
70 / 100
70 / 100
Sep 17, 2018

Transference is an enjoyable thriller that retains its effectiveness in a non-VR setting. Despite gameplay simplicity and underutilized live-action videos, the strong atmosphere and a few memorable scenes help this sci-fi adventure leave a lasting mark.

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Wccftech
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2018

Transference is a competent narrative-driven game featuring some well-crafted puzzles and an amazingly eerie atmosphere. Sadly, the narrative doesn't really go anywhere, despite a very interesting premise, with no twist and no surprises at all, making it very hard to recommend to people looking for an interesting story. Coupled with its very short length, Transference is not really worth its current price.

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Cerealkillerz
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2018

Transference ends as disappointment gameplay and story-wise. The option to play the game without a VR Headset is well-meant but poorly executed. We recommend to try the demo in the playstation store first before you buy this short and simple experience.

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Xbox Achievements
65%
65%
Sep 19, 2018

While Transference offers something unique in how it utilises sound, throwing in the mechanic of switching between alternate realities for puzzle solving, it sadly falls flat in its narrative and doesn't offer much to encourage you to come back and explore.

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IGN Middle East
6.5 / 10.0
IGN Middle East

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2018

Transference is a great game to experience in VR, but outside of that fails to leave you with any sort of lasting impression.

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BaziCenter
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2018

If you have an extra 25$, you can choose to spend it on a short trip to the world of Transference, though a few exciting and maybe scary moments aside, your trip might not be as good as you have imagined.

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Zoomg
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2018

Transference stars well, but in the end, fails to deliver a good story or gameplay. but despite all these problems, the game has a great atmosphere and offers a touching horror experience which is hard to forget even after finishing the game.

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Worth Playing
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 3, 2019

In the end, Transference is in an odd position. The atmosphere is completely engrossing, since the crumbling digital landscape and ominous repeated dialogue and other sounds create an unsettling world. Jump-scares are light, and almost all the puzzles are easy enough to solve even with some fumbling around. With that said, the tale can seem disturbing, but the scattershot way it's told doesn't make the game very memorable when compared to either its horror or walking simulator contemporaries. Transference remains a game that's worth checking out, but it's not one that players should be in a rush to seek out over other similar titles.

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DualShockers
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2018

Transference will definitely creep you out a bit. Especially while playing in virtual reality and some headphones. Other than that though, 25 bucks is an extreme asking price for something so short and an overall mediocre and repetitive experience.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 5, 2018

Transference's inventively spins its story of obsession and broken families into a game that's all about perception and twisted realities. It's not entirely successful, failing to confront the topics it raises and failing to live up to its Hollywood billing and origins, but it's still deeply atmospheric as you flick between realities, solve puzzles and figure out the lengths to which Raymond Hayes would truly go.

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Sick Critic
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2018

Dangerously overpriced surrealist horror.

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VideoGamer
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 19, 2018

The challenge of Transference's puzzles tapers off, and there's little subtlety when it comes to certain themes, but great use of some grim audio make this a decent little horror game.

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TrueGaming
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2018

Transference won't leave you with anything to remember it with, the story isn't thrilling at all and the experience is too short with very obvious puzzles.

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Pardis Game
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2018

Transference fails in both storytelling and creating an engaging gameplay. The story is extremely vague and unclear, and the ending is confusing. On the other hand, the puzzles are easy and not that much fun. I can only hope the next cooperation between Ubisoft and a film production company leads to a much better game.

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Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

5 / 10
Sep 24, 2018

A mildly spooky walking simulator whose plot, acting, and puzzles fails to benefit from its Hollywood connections and is even more disappointing without VR.

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Cubed3
3 / 10
3 / 10
Jan 20, 2019

Transference is wasted on Xbox One, since it does not support VR. It is not only unbelievably short, it is lacking in content and substance. It is a perfect example of a "one and done" kind of game where you never look back after completing it, and then forget all about it. It might get brought up later in life, but even then, memories of playing it will be foggy at best. Half-remembered dreams are more memorable than Transference.

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