Waking

Jason Oda, tinyBuild

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
48
Top Critic Average
15%
Critics Recommend
Based on 13 critic reviews
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Waking

Rating Summary

Based on 13 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

48

Top Critic Average

15%

Critics Recommend

Based on 13 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Xbox OneJun 18, 2020
PCJun 18, 2020

Developer: Jason Oda

Publisher: tinyBuild

Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror

Combining third-person action and guided meditation, Waking is an emotional adventure through your dying mind. Battle the forces of oblivion, conjure the memories of loved ones, and join them in the fight for your life.

Waking Reviews

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Waking tries to take the best of many different genres but creates a horrible mess of clashing, ugly parts.

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Waking is a fascinating experiment that tries, but ultimately fails, to combine two radically different ideas together. Less would certainly have been more here, as the clunky and overly confusing action parts get in the way of the interesting narrative and psychological aspects. While I was drawn in by the central conceit and the use of meditation, the end result is more likely to leave you in a coma than drag you into the light.

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I recommend Waking to any player, of any skill-level, looking for a unique, emotional, and personal experience.

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Perhaps with a couple of in-depth quality-of-life updates, Waking can be something special. For now, the reality is its unique narrative is held back by some fundamental design oversights.

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