Empathy: Path of Whispers [official site] caught my eye because it seemed like it had the capacity to be one of those interesting-but-ultimately-flawed games where you end up rating them around 6/10 but that score doesn’t reflect the highs and lows because it mulches them into an average. I idly booted it up because I was at a loose end and had a code and was almost immediately struck by the first main environment – a kind of Soviet monumentalism stranded in space with platforms linked by remnants of train track.
I don’t think it actually is one of these flawed-but-great games at all but I won’t be reviewing the game, or indeed completing it, because it’s too buggy. You can too easily get stranded somewhere, unable to get back into the game space and, as far as I can tell, with no option other than to restart the entire thing. It’s worth flagging it up because for me the latest of those bugs came more than two hours into my time in the game (thanks to a previous stranding and restarting) and thus it would have made me ineligible for the default Steam refund if I’d had £11.99 tied up in the game. Read the rest of this entry »