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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.

Screenshots

Sentient PlayStation Dying man
Sentient Windows There's a balance between procedurally generated interaction and scripted events.
Sentient PlayStation Corpse
Sentient Windows Switching to a cursor mode highlights and allows interactions with objects around you.

Promo Images

Sentient Render
Sentient Render
Sentient Screenshot
Sentient Screenshot

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Critic Reviews

NowGamer PlayStation Apr 01, 1997 7.4 out of 10 74
Game Players PlayStation Jun, 1997 6.5 out of 10 65
Video Games PlayStation Mar, 1997 62 out of 100 62
IGN PlayStation May 01, 1997 5 out of 10 50
Just Games Retro Windows Aug 12, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jun 02, 1997 28 out of 100 28
PC Joker DOS 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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