Waking

Jason Oda, tinyBuild

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
51
Top Critic Average
11%
Critics Recommend
Based on 18 critic reviews
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Waking

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

51

Top Critic Average

11%

Critics Recommend

Based on 18 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

Locked in the darkness of a coma, you dream. In the recesses of your mind, voices call you home, beckoning you towards the light and the void beyond. But it is not your time. Not yet. Waking is a uniquely personal journey of self reflection and remembrance combining third person exploration and real-world meditation. Traverse the twisted pathways of your mind in a quest to wake, and make choices that shape a uniquely individual experience. Along the way, face your fears and desires as you summon memories of loved ones, and do battle with those who would have you sleep forever. FEATURES A true meditative experience - Waking blurs the line between fantasy and reality, taking you deep inside your mind both in-game and out. Third-person exploration melds with guided meditation techniques to create a new type of experience at the intersection of reflection, emotion and memory. A uniquely personal journey - Battle the forces of entropy surrounded by the ones you love. Waking asks you to draw on your own experiences, fears and desires and bring them with you on your journey to wake. Here in the dream your memories are your protectors, your companions and your weapons. A world of dreams and nightmares - The Mindscape is a treacherous place, a shifting, twisted maze of shattered thoughts and errant memory. Explore the procedurally generated halls of your mind and experience a dreamworld unlike any other, rendered in stunning cinematic splendor. A fight to survive. A fight to exist - Trapped within your dying mind you face a choice: give in to oblivion or fight for your existence. Waking’s unique combat system provides a new breed of challenge as you confront your own personal fears and call on aspects of the world itself in your battle against the darkness. Use your memories and willpower to uncover the mystery of your dreaming, and return to the waking world.

Waking Critic 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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6 / 10
PC Invasion

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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