Sentient

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Description

You are sent to investigate an outbreak of radiation sickness aboard the space station Icarus, but once aboard, you realize your primary objective is the least of your worries. The captain has been murdered, an assassin threatens a visiting senior Senator, and a power struggle arises as the station careens toward the sun. Save yourself, or save the ship?

Sentient's main feature is the artificial intelligence controlling multiple individual crew members aboard the station, each with their own assignments and behaviors. You interact with the AI characters through an elaborate parser interface, which allows you to ask them everything from the location of a vital piece of equipment, to their opinion of another member of the crew. To succeed, you must take advantage of the crew's help through this social system.

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Sentient PlayStation Panel switch
Sentient PlayStation Dying man
Sentient Windows A mysterious woman waits for you inside the maze, each time offering a new "clue."
Sentient PlayStation Corpse

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Critic Reviews

NowGamer PlayStation Apr 01, 1997 7.4 out of 10 74
Edge PlayStation Apr, 1997 6 out of 10 60
Just Games Retro DOS Aug 12, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PC Player (Germany) Windows Mar, 1998 37 out of 100 37
Game.EXE Windows Jul, 1997 30 out of 100 30
PC Action DOS Feb 18, 1998 26 out of 100 26
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Aug, 1997 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
PC Joker Windows Feb, 1998 13 out of 100 13
Power Play Windows Mar, 1998 9 out of 100 9
Power Play DOS Mar, 1998 9 out of 100 9

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Trivia

Limited Edition

In Germany, Sentient was available as a Limited Edition which came with an audio CD containing the game's soundtrack.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1999 – Worst Game in 1998

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