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    dkirschner's Superliminal (PC)

    [January 20, 2022 10:20:22 AM]
    Superliminal blew me away. This actually wasn't on my wishlist. I thought it looked pretentious (my fault for being judgy). But I'd been curious about the size/perspective-shifting mechanic and when it popped up on Game Pass, I figured I'd try it. Picture me with a smile plastered on my face (punctuated by occasional furrowed brow of confusion) the entire time.

    Adjectives describing playing Superliminal that I said aloud include "ridiculously cool," "so fucking cool," "trippy/a trip," and "inspirational." Seriously, the end is like therapy. As soon as I completed it, I started it over with the developer's commentary (which I plan to finish later), and got some insight on how purposeful this therapeutic angle was from the beginning.

    The game reminded me in style and tone of Portal and The Stanley Parable, though the gameplay for me was wholly unique. You're led through surreal surroundings and have to manipulate the sizes and positioning of objects to proceed. You can make objects bigger or smaller by shifting how you are looking at them relative to other stuff in the environment. It's not necessarily easy, which is a commentary (as the game points out later) on how difficult it is to change your perspective, especially as you get older, and see things in new ways. I'm pretty sure toward the end there is an area with "cigarettes" that is meant to make you think about breaking bad habits.

    New aspects of the perspective-shifting mechanic are added over time, such as making it work with the addition of doors, changing your own size, manipulating objects that emit light, making objects "pop" out of the environment, and so on. The game is short (3.5 hours for me), so these new elements were pretty constant. You're never using the same trick for too long before it tosses a new one at you. These usually aren't explained (which led to a few cheats on YouTube), but when you figure it out (or look it up) you're like, "OH MY GOD!" and then you have learned a new trick!

    Yeah, so I absolutely loved this. Highly recommend.
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    dkirschner's Superliminal (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Wednesday 19 January, 2022

    GameLog closed on: Thursday 20 January, 2022

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Looking forward to this perspective-shifting puzzle game. --------- MUCH cooler than I anticipated. Loved this.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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