Kentucky Route Zero: The Complete Season
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If you’ve already played the game on PC there is little reason to revisit it unless you absolutely loved it and want to replay it on the go... Sometimes when a game like this takes so long to release the hype around it can be detrimental. On paper this is my kind of game, but it just never got its hooks into me.
Kentucky Route Zero feels breathtakingly original. For something this powerful to exist in any medium would be a triumph. But for it to exist now, as an interactive narrative drawn with striking visuals, meaningful choices, and moving music, feels more like a miracle.
With its sombre mood, innovative narrative design, and deeply poetic writing, Kentucky Route Zero is one of the most unique and important games ever made.
Kentucky Route Zero is a work of art that rests solely on its literary qualities and atmosphere. Good thing is that both of these aspects are very solid and the long wait for the final act was worth it. A worthy conclusion of a remarkable video game.
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Characters come and go, the underlying significance of their very existence seemingly shifting between acts, no doubt a consequence of the years it took to finish these acts; people change over time, and as Kentucky Route Zero limps—sometimes literally—toward a half-hearted and barely coherent conclusion that’s more of a misery-flavored Rorschach test than an understandable sequence of events driven by people worth caring about, the storylines that start to splay every which way suggest that the developers kept changing their minds about the game’s underlying meaning. Or maybe it simply shifted out from under them. Either way, Kentucky Route Zero is a game that’s ultimately meaningless, a meandering mess of pretentious nonsense that wields its (arguably undeserved) “art” status as a shield in order to protect itself from the pointlessness of the journey and the blandness of those journeying.
Kentucky Route Zero tells fascinating tales about its world and the people who inhabit it, but fails to connect its many threads into a cohesive whole.
Because it is rather obtuse at times, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone, but if you’re anything like me and you love carefully-constructed, paradoxical art that is enlightening and entertaining, haunting and hopeful, melancholy and magical, perceptive and pointed, you might really fall in love with the existential irreverence of Kentucky Route Zero.
More than being a video game, Kentucky Route Zero is a work of art
Those looking for a challenge or something a bit more action packed won’t find what they’re looking for here, but those looking for a surreal and mysterious tale will have come to the right place.
Kentucky Route Zero is an incredibly dull and over-embellished text adventure that fails to engage, entertain, or provide much value to anyone but perhaps the uppermost art connoisseurs.