Percentile Rank

AI: The Somnium Files is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 23 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

83%

Critics Recommend

Based on 23 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Sep 17, 2019

Equal parts tense and unpredictable, this serves the kind of memorable experience that makes exploring branching storylines a joy.

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Scored Reviews

GamePitt
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2019

If I was able to award a game more than a perfect score, AI: The Somnium Files would be one of the few which would easily break the barrier. Everything from the brilliantly scripted narrative adventure, to the frustratingly fun time-management Somnium segments, are beyond what I was expecting. I couldn’t stop playing until I had the platinum trophy on my account, which I achieved at around fifty hours, very few games grasp me like that yet the humour and narrative direction drew me in and had me hooked instantly. I don’t think I’ve played a game this generation (bar the Zero Escape remasters) which changes the storyline, interactions and outcomes quite as much as I experienced within AI: The Somnium Files – this game is a masterpiece and needs to be played by all fans of Spike Chunsoft and Kotaro Uchikoshi.

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Noisy Pixel
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2019

AI: The Somnium Files is the standout game for me this year, and it was ultimately everything I wanted and more. I was afraid I was setting my expectations too high. However, this game took my expectations, loaded them into the cylinder of a gun, and shot them away into the heavens.

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RPG Fan
94%
94%
Sep 12, 2019
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Video Chums
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2019

Overall, I'm gushing about how much I loved AI: The Somnium Files. The quality of characters and story mixed with the variety of gameplay and fun investigative segments make it a must-own for fans of Japanese detective games.

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Niche Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

The game’s style is well realized, backed by a great looking, great sounding experience. Combined with a deep mystery, it is something to keep an eye on. If you like games of similar genres, or even VNs in general- we highly recommend it. Miss out? You must be dreaming.

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Digitally Downloaded
Sep 16, 2019

AI: The Somnium Files is such a superior storytelling experience that its hit-or-miss puzzle action is hardly an issue. By turns witty, sharp, horrific, nasty, and even at times sexy, AI: The Somnium Files is one of those games that very few people will play, but an awful lot of people should.

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RPG Site
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 18, 2019

AI: The Somnium Files is a sureal new murder mystery game by Kotaro Uchikoshi, and might just be his finest work yet.

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
Sep 19, 2019

AI: The Somnium Files is a must have for Zero Escape fans and an excellent starting point for those that still don't know Uchikoshi's work. AI tells an excellent story with great characters and uses a novel concept which is uncommon in nowadays games and should be more valued. It's a game recommended to those who like to solve complex mysteries.

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ThisGenGaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2019

The wait for Uchikoshi’s next game was well worth it as AI: The Somnium Files delivers a fantastic murder mystery storyline. It’s dark, serious, and horrific yet also funny and charming at times too.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2019

A lot of my interest in Ai was due to the writing talent: though he's done things since, this is the first post-Zero Escape project from Uchikoshi that I've had the chance to play. I definitely want to see where Ai is going next, and just hope that the experience is a little smoother when it goes wide.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 12, 2019

Despite a few frustrations, AI: The Somnium Files is one of the most immersive stories I've ever played.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 12, 2019

AI: The Somnium Files starts out slow but once you've traversed a few of its delightfully surreal Somnium dreamscapes and got to an ending or two, working your way back through your flowchart and striking out in different directions, it becomes an engaging and tense affair. Fans of the Zero Escape games will feel right at home here, and director Kotaro Uchikoshi's talent for putting the player into increasingly unsettling circumstances ensures everything takes flight in a very satisfying way as you work your way through the many strands of the loopy central mystery towards its various different endings.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2019

Once again, Uchikoshi has come out of nowhere with an utterly crazy murder-mystery that explores the link between witnessing horrific trauma and how it affects how victims dream.The links above are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, Wccftech.com may earn from qualifying purchases.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 12, 2019

AI: The Somnium Files is yet another winner from Kotaro Uchikoshi, expanding upon Spike Chunsoft's renown formula and pushing it in bold new directions. It can fumble in its visuals and mechanics, but look beyond a few of its weaker elements and there's a truly original adventure brimming with excellent ideas.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 13, 2019

The various twists and turns of AI's wild sci-fi, dream-exploring detective tale will keep you engaged and intrigued until the very end.

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Nintendo Wire
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2019

It pales in comparison to some of his earlier work, but AI: The Somnium Files shows that Uchikoshi still knows how to craft a compelling narrative that can take you in unexpected directions.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 19, 2019

For those who enjoyed the storytelling of Zero Escape and other works by Kotaro Uchikoshi, AI: The Somnium Files is a no-brainer purchase, and might just be his most solid game yet.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2019

Investigating gruesome murders in AI: The Somnium Files is fun even though it's not particularly challenging. What really makes this game worth playing is its gritty sci-fi story and engaging characters. The mix of oddball characters work perfectly together to make you experience a rollercoaster of emotions, and piecing together all the threads of the story will reveal some surprising plot twists.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 16, 2019

AI: The Somnium Files tells an often engrossing tale. It takes a couple of hours to really get going, but when it does, it blossoms into one of the most impressively executed visual novels on PS4. A range of characters, both surprisingly deep and brilliantly stupid, elevate an already intriguing and smartly paced story. It's just a shame that the dream sequences, with their frustratingly obscure puzzle solving, can really put a dampener on the experience.

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ZTGD
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2019

Ultimately, AI: The Somnium Files is a game that has moments of brilliance that are obscured by a disjointed narrative and investigative process. Aside from the Somnium sequences – which are, admittedly, very cool – the game failed to motivate me to truly engage with its overarching story. I just didn’t find it appealing.

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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Sep 12, 2019

If you were hoping for a worthy successor to the excellent Zero Escape series, this ain’t it chief.

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COGconnected
58 / 100
58 / 100
Sep 16, 2019

If you’re looking for a visual novel with a compelling plot, and are able to ignore lots of terrible dialogue, then AI: The Somnium Files is a no-brainer recommendation.

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