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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 Windows Characters often talk and gossip when they cross paths.
Sentient PlayStation Difficulty settings
Sentient PlayStation Main menu
Sentient Windows Senator Aidin-Edgell on an inspection tour - one of the station's many concerns

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The Press Says

GameSpot PlayStation Apr 17, 1997 7.5 out of 10 75
NowGamer PlayStation Apr 01, 1997 7.4 out of 10 74
Official UK PlayStation Magazine PlayStation 1997 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Windows May 20, 1997 5.1 out of 10 51
IGN PlayStation May 01, 1997 5 out of 10 50
GameStar (Germany) DOS Feb, 1998 49 out of 100 49
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
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 1997 28 out of 100 28
PC Action Windows Feb 18, 1998 26 out of 100 26

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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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