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The Stanley Parable (Windows)

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Games Arena
Mai multe nu mă încumet să spun despre el, nu e genul de joc despre care trebuie să știți lucruri înainte de a intra în el. Dacă vreți chestiile tehnice, arată bine, e Source, sună cum trebuie, e Source, iar până la ora actuală a depășit 100 de mii de unități vândute, ceea ce înseamnă că micuțul studiou Galactic Cafe este deja milionar. Dacă aveți de decis în perioada asta între a cumpăra ediția refăcută a lui Deus Ex HR sau The Stanley Parable, presupunând că aveți deja ediția standard a lui DEHR, mai vindeți câteva Steam Trading cards și luați The Stanley Parable, costă doar 12 euro. Este artă, este anti-artă, este un joc, este un anti-joc, are un mesaj, nu are un mesaj, este ceea ce se întâmplă când creativitatea are frâu liber în realizarea unui narativ interactiv, nu un departament de marketing sau ce înțelege Bioware prin scriitori.
How do you review a game like The Stanley Parable? To describe any one part of it is to risk its ruination. To detail what it has to say about game design, the illusion of choice, and the psychology of the gamer is to tell you too much. Comparisons, too, are going to be woefully inadequate. Perhaps its closest cousin would be Dear Esther, but where Dear Esther wastes the form of interactive entertainment, Stanley Parable uses and then subverts it. Where so many games that aspire to be more than games end up less than any form of art, Stanley Parable strives, and then succeeds, to be every game ever created. Even so, holding the game to the standards of any other title is simply not going to be correct.
It's unfair to call The Stanley Parable short. It's kind of unfair to even call it a game, in some respects. The Stanley Parable is an experiment conducted on the player, an attempt to help you discover who you are. Are you the kid with a toy box, happy to simply interact with things and see how they work? Do you want to break stuff? Are you the kid who shuts the toy box and walks away? Do you want to be told what to do? Do you hate being told what to do? Do you just want Stanley to be happy? Do you want to rule the world? The conclusion of my own personal experiment was that I discovered I don't like doubt; I don't like having unanswered questions, especially when I have the faculties to clear away uncertainty and find resolution. Your own conclusion is bound to be very different from mine – and that's something we should all celebrate.
Thunderbolt Games
Each journey through is always unique and filled with wonderful surprises, constantly subverting your expectations whether you discover one of its various endings in five minutes or thirty. Some may bemoan this short length but its brevity expertly plays into its design, allowing you to quickly get back on track as you venture down yet another of its branching paths. However you choose to engage in its tangled narratives and plethora of false choices, you’ll no doubt find something new and surprising to provoke a chuckle or prudent reflection on each playthough. It’s just a terrific experience, somehow managing to gratify with choices that seemingly mean nothing, achieving this feat with a phenomenal central performance, expert writing and ceaseless creativity. The only choice you have left to make now is an illusion, too. Of course you’re going to buy The Stanley Parable.
Digital Spy
There is a lot more to The Stanley Parable, but to reveal the many wonderful surprises and twists crammed into the three hours it takes to see just about everything would be foolhardy. So instead, you'll have to trust us. But you'll be hard-pressed to find a funnier and more delightful game than The Stanley Parable this year.
A lot of videogames try to answer questions, such as how to improve storytelling, evolve a genre, or create a new genre. The Stanley Parable only raises questions through seemingly endless satire. With incisive wit, The Stanley Parable explores numerous game conventions by turning them on their head and having a good laugh at them. The probing never gets too heavy-handed and remains light-hearted enough that it’s enjoyable even if you don’t care about the subtext. Both subtle and extravagant, The Stanley Parable is a delightful experiment.
Mit einem Seufzer und mit einem Lächeln bemerke ich, dass Videospiele langsam erwachsen werden. BioShock tat einen Schritt in diese Richtung, Journey ebenso wie Starseed Pilgrim – The Stanley Parable dreht sich schließlich vollständig um Spiel und Spieler. Es konfrontiert mich mit alltäglichen spielerischen Entscheidungen und erzählerischen Einbahnstraßen, führt sie ad absurdum und formuliert ein ebenso subjektives wie allgemeingültiges Anliegen. Wie ein cleverer Kabarettist schwingt es den lehrreichen Spiegel dabei nicht wie einen Holzhammer, sondern bringt mich mit Witz und Charme zum Lachen. Mit spitzbübischer Spielfreude kommentiert der sympathische Erzähler mein Tun, verlangt Besserung beim nächsten Versuch und reagiert beleidigt, wenn ich mich "falsch" entscheide. Das Erlebnis ist gleichzeitig fesselnd und entlarvend – etwas, das nur den besten Künstlern gelingt!
The Stanley Parable es uno de esos juegos que, por supuesto, no gustará a todo el mundo. Puede que para muchos no sea un juego tal cual, y es que se sale totalmente de lo que estamos acostumbrados. Pero forma parte de una nueva corriente creativa que, muy probablemente, hará crecer el sector en direcciones que hace apenas unos años ni siquiera imaginábamos. Shooters y aventuras ya tenemos de sobra, así que productos como éste, que llamen más a la inteligencia que a la brutalidad y que nos hagan replantearnos muchas de las manidas costumbres a las que estamos habituados, se agradecen enormemente. Y eso sólo si nos referimos a lo que es el mundo del videojuego. The Stanley Parable es un gran ejemplo práctico de lo que supone romper la cuarta pared.
Game Sphere
Vous l’aurez compris, j’ai adoré The Stanley Parable. Si le gameplay est quasiment inexistant (puisque mis à part le fait de pouvoir interagir avec certains boutons, vous ne ferez qu’explorer) et que les graphismes sont plutôt corrects, il faut reconnaître que ce jeu est avant tout un bijou de narration et de créativité. Si vous êtes à la recherche d’une expérience vidéoludique décalée et originale, je vous ordonne de jouer à ce jeu. Si vous n’êtes pas à la recherche d’expériences vidéoludiques, je vous ordonne de vous mettre à la recherche d’expériences vidéoludiques pour jouer à ce jeu. Cette conclusion n’a pas de sens ? Vous m’en direz tant.
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Familiar but consistently surprising, this new Parable even fits beautifully into the existing game - a game that took its power not from a single narrative but the interaction of all its possible narratives, super-positioned and entangled. Here is another suite of variations, another arrangement of false choices to consider. I'm heading back in now, actually, looking for a door - I'm sure it'll be a door - that will hopefully lead me from the new build and into the original 2011 code. There, amongst the Source engine's grubby Half-Life 2 assets, is where my parable will end. That is where Stanley and I will find closure.
PC Gamer
Effortlessly inventive, frequently surprising and consistently hilarious. The Stanley Parable shows how to make a story about game stories.
Like the best comedians, The Stanley Parable is both hilarious and insightful. It respects quick, cutting observations over a padded experience that would be deemed more valuable by some. For a small commitment in terms of time and money, it delivers a ton of laughs and just enough thought-provoking commentary on the nature of narrative in games. Getting everything you need out of a game in a few hours might just be the ideal format for comedy.
Moreover, The Stanley Parable is brave. It’s brave because it offers the freedom to define the parameters of your experience. It’s brave because it’s willing to explore the ways in which games manipulate players, and to extrapolate that point into a discussion of the way we are all manipulated by the structures of real life. It’s brave because it’s willing to make fun of itself. Are you interested in game design? Play it. Did you enjoy Portal’s sense of humour? Play it. Are you David Cage? Please, please play it.
The Stanley Parable is both a richly stimulating commentary on the nature of choice in games (and in other systems, too, like our workplaces and our families) and a game that offers some of the most enjoyable, surprising, and rewarding choices I've ever been confronted with in a game. Going the wrong way has never felt so right.
The Stanley Parable est une petite merveille d'ingéniosité et d'humour, passant à la moulinette les travers de la narration interactive et du game design tout en nous forçant à nous interroger sur nos propres réactions en tant que joueur. Sans aller jusqu'à parler de grande révolution métaphysique et existentielle (dont il se moque lui-même dans une brillante sortie), voilà une production intelligente : un jeu qui parle de jeu et dans lequel on nous demande... de ne pas jouer le jeu. Non mais essayez-le ce sera plus clair.
The Stanley Parable è un gioco unico nel suo genere: brillante, intrigante e divertente. Fa riflettere e presenta un gameplay peculiare, semplice ma ben architettato. Cosa si celerà dietro le pareti di questo ufficio sconosciuto? Cosa fa Stanley lì e perchè non c'è più nessuno intorno a lui? Si tratta di sogno o realtà? Starà a voi scoprirlo con uno dei molteplici finali disponibili (d'obbligo rigiocarlo per trovarli tutti!)!
Sometimes The Stanley Parable feels like an exploration of the peculiar madness of boredom. Other times it’s something else entirely: a joke at the player’s expense, a commentary on choice and consequence, a parody, a bureaucratic nightmare. All its different plotlines and personalities overlap and combine to create something that’s intriguingly opaque, but always entertaining, and genuinely funny. Whatever it is, it’s worth playing.
Sometimes The Stanley Parable feels like an exploration of the peculiar madness of boredom. Other times it’s something else entirely: a joke at the player’s expense, a commentary on choice and consequence, a parody, a bureaucratic nightmare. All its different plotlines and personalities overlap and combine to create something that’s intriguingly opaque, but always entertaining, and genuinely funny. Whatever it is, it’s worth playing.
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Впрочем, я уверен, немало людей промчит по коридорам The Stanley Parable ради смеха, гэгов и обрушенных непослушанием текстур, не задаваясь вопросами, которые ставит игра. Даже ядерную аннигиляцию здесь подают так, что у одних перехватит дыхание от ужаса, а другие будут хохотать. Меня же волнует главное: если Galactic Cafe могут рассказать столь сильную историю небрежно, насмешливо, мимоходом, то что будет, когда они возьмутся за дело всерьез?
Game Informer Magazine
Galactic Cafe's creativity keeps the basic gameplay loop interesting. Each narrative twist and humorous soliloquy inspired me to test every branching path in hopes of uncovering new endings, of which there are many. Some are throwaway gags that made me chuckle (I never thought standing in a broom closet could be so amusing). Other times, the narrator's musings made me stop and think; the developer isn't afraid to break the fourth wall, questioning traditional game design, the value of player choice, and many other conventions we don't think twice about. The Stanley Parable is built upon a single, simple premise, and only offers a few hours of entertainment. That said, those few hours were unlike any I've experienced playing games before. If you're a fan of experimental indie projects or just in the mood for a fun detour from your typical gaming adventure, look no further.
Riot Pixels
Чтобы смеяться над компьютерными играми так, как это делают создатели The Stanley Parable, надо любить их всем сердцем. «Вот вы, игроки, куда себя загнали! Вот что такое игровая индустрия! Вот чего стоит вся история геймдизайна! — ехидно восклицают они. — Вам нравится? Мы тоже в восторге!»
The Stanley Parable is a game about Stanley. Except it isn’t really, and it’s not categorically a game in the true sense of the word. It’s more like a parody, except sometimes it’s intentionally not comical… wait; we’ve done this bit already, haven’t we? I feel we’ve done this bit already. Let’s make sure.
Gry Interia
Jeśli szukacie nietypowego doświadczenia, które da wam do myślenia, to The Stanley Parable jest grą, na którą czekaliście. Nie jest co prawda tania (12 euro na Steamie) ani długa (3-4 godziny, jeśli zagrasz kilka razy), ale na pewno warta zapamiętania.