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The Unfinished Swan (PlayStation 3)

79
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.3
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.5
Overall MobyScore (2 votes) 4.3


The Press Says

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90
HonestGamers
It’s difficult to review this game. If I describe or explain too many things, that would be doing a disservice to you, the reader and potential player. This review may feel more like an endorsement than a proper critique, and for that I apologize. The Unfinished Swan is one of those rare gems that manages to evoke an emotional response through very simple means: simple graphics, simple characters, and a simple story. Nothing that I've specifically mentioned in this review extends beyond the first chapter, and it’s a great first chapter that is followed by three more great chapters and a bittersweet ending. The Unfinished Swan is not to be missed. Do yourself a favour. Clear a couple of hours from your schedule, download it, and play through it in one sitting. Perhaps you'll even come to understand my vagueness by the time you're done.
90
Cheat Happens
The Unfinished Swan is one of those games that you won't expect to love as much as you do. It's a game about discovery, about growing, about taking chances, and it's also one of my favorite games of the year. It's a game that you absolutely need to get lost in. Pining for originality in games? Put your money where your mouth is and play this game.
88
Gamesbeat
You could argue that the unsatisfying ending leaves some room for a sequel or downloadable content (DLC). But gamers are not necessarily a forgiving lot. If you ask them to spend hours playing a game, and then deny them an interesting ending, the result may not be good. Just as the folks at BioWare who created the ending for Mass Effect 3. This ending isn’t as bad as that one, but it is ambiguous. This game started out with two people and grew to 12. And all of them get some extra-generous credits at the end. But it is astounding to me that such a small team can create a game that is as moving and inspiring as The Unfinished Swan. It is the kind of game that big game studios won’t make, to their loss.
85
Jeux Vidéo Network
A partir de quelques concepts simples et audacieux, The Unfinished Swan marie parfaitement fond et forme. Il lui manque un peu de substance pour devenir inoubliable mais le jeu de Ian Dallas dégage un charme irrésistible.
83
Defunct Games
Giant Sparrow delivers one of the most unique games of the year. Sadly, The Unfinished Swan is a little too easy for its own good. Players can easily blow through the game in a couple hours. Still, the game's story is strong enough to keep you engaged from beginning to end. You've never seen anything like The Unfinished Swan before!
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GamezGeneration
The Unfinished Swan zieht einen von Anfang an komplett in seinen Bann und versteht es, den Spieler bei Laune zu halten und ihm immer wieder neue, besonders optisch ansprechende Erfahrungen zu bieten. Mit vier bis fünf Stunden Spielzeit ist das Erlebnis zwar vergleichsweise kurz, doch dafür weist das Spiel auch keinerlei Längen oder künstlich gestreckte Passagen auf. Dennoch ist der Preis aufgrund der geringen Spieldauer mit 12,99 € etwas zu hoch angesetzt.
78
4Players.de
Ich habe The Unfinished Swan richtig genossen! Jede Minute in der ungewöhnlichen Kulisse ist aufregender als das Kartografieren herkömmlicher Spielewelten. Denn obwohl die Umgebung nur mit wenigen Strichen gezeichnet wird, schaue ich genauer hin: Ich muss die Architektur interpretieren, um voran zu kommen. Die Kulisse selbst gibt mir zu denken – meine ungewöhnlichen Möglichkeiten, sie zu beeinflussen sind der spannende Mittelpunkt des Spiels. So richtig passen die Elemente allerdings nicht zusammen, weil die Kapitel wie unabhängige Gedankenspiele wirken, die auf eine große Collage geklebt wurden. Die Suche nach dem Schwan hätte sich stärker auf clevere Rätsel stützen müssen, um durchgehend so zu fesseln wie in den hervorragenden ersten Minuten. Dass die liebevoll erzählte Geschichte ihrem Anspruch einer bedeutsamen Metapher nicht gerecht wird, unterstreicht das Gefühl der Leere.
75
Jeuxvideo.com
De conceptuel, The Unfinished Swan se transforme en une forme d'apaisement à mesure qu'on progresse. Sans atteindre la maestria globale d'un Journey, le titre de Giant Sparrow trouve toutefois une véritable légitimité dans sa somptueuse approche visuelle, son histoire touchante et l'aspect fusionnel entre cette dernière et son gameplay. Si on lui reprochera une durée de vie limitée et une rejouabilité inexistante, il serait néanmoins dommage de passer à côté de cette expérience picturale issue de l'art avec un grand A et les contes pour enfants.
60
Retro Spirit Games
The Unfinished Swan is a curious experiment in game design that initially impresses, only to lose its way over the short duration. It's a nice way to spend a couple of hours, but it is nowhere near as inventive or magical as some would have you believe. Stick with the far more engaging world offered in ThatGameCompany's epic 'Journey', or if you fancy some head scratching first person puzzles, look no further than the two Portal games. I am afraid I am too old for bed time stories.
60
AllAboutTheGames.co.uk
The balance just isn’t there. There are parts of this game I am glad I have experienced, and would easily make the list of great gaming moments. Unfortunately, the game as a whole is a tougher sell. In that sense, it really is unfinished.