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Digitally Downloaded (Oct 13, 2015)
I honestly hate the idea of giving this game a score, because with an experience like this it's far too reductionist; even when compared to other games. But that's the system we've got at Digitally Downloaded, so, going by our own rules, for a game that I think this is this essential, and this important, there's only one score I can really give it.
The Vita Lounge (Aug 11, 2015)
While the game is short, Actual Sunlight will hold your attention from “Press Start.” The serious subject matter certainly will turn some away from the game – and they will be missing out – but if you do decide to pick it up, you will find that it is worthy of your time and will make you reflect a lot on what you’ve played, more so than other games.
PlayStation Lifestyle (Aug 11, 2015)
Actual Sunlight is an insightful look at how some people deal with depression, and the struggles of everyday life. It is a focused game that tells the story that creator Will O’Neill wants to, and is better off for it. Few games will make players this uncomfortable, and few handle serious topics with this much grace. It may not be enjoyable to play, but it is absolutely worth playing.
TheSixthAxis (Aug 11, 2015)
Actual Sunlight is one of the strongest text-driven video games I’ve played. Where many games like this focus on hours of writing, slowly drowning you in a vast sea of dialogue and story routes, Actual Sunlight does not. Other narratives might try to show you the path away from depression and how you can recover, but Actual Sunlight does not. Instead it paint you a stark portrait of depression, and the dark path that it often leads you down when you’ve already lost so much of your life to it. Actual Sunlight drowns you in a cup of water, and if you are ready to experience that sad truth, you won’t regret it one bit.
80 (Oct 16, 2016)
Actual Sunlight è un titolo difficile da valutare e da ridurre solo a un mero numero. Possiamo farlo, certo, ma allora dobbiamo accettare la necessaria "superficialità" di tale sussunzione. La fatica di Will O'Neill è un'esperienza intima e soggettiva, che trascende l'aspetto ludico per ricadere nell'opera letteraria interattiva capace di provocare emozioni contrastanti nell'utente (chiamiamolo giocatore/lettore). Ciò dimostra che, molte volte, non servono numeri da capogiro per colpire nel segno. Non aggiungiamo altro. Actual Sunlight è disponibile gratuitamente per gli utenti del PS Plus. Dategli una possibilità.
Push Square (Aug 12, 2015)
Actual Sunlight's ability to stir discomfort is its greatest achievement. It depicts the difficulties of trying to beat depression alone, and while that makes for some pretty heavy material, it's successful in what it sets out to do. There's no punch pulling here; there isn't any back slapping to make you feel better about what you're seeing. As such, this won't necessarily improve the mood of anyone that's dealing with depression. It will, however, give perspective to someone on the outside looking in – and that's powerful.
We Got This Covered (Aug 15, 2015)
As a game, Actual Sunlight doesn’t offer much of anything, but it tells a short story that is extremely important and valuable in exposing just how crippling depression can be even when others can’t see it. It’s much more of an experience than a game, and while it’s unpleasant for most of its duration, it’s ultimately been beneficial for those who are looking for someone who truly understands what they’re going through. It’s a game that offers empathy to those who need it the most.
PSN Stores (Aug 15, 2015)
At $5, Actual Sunlight is affordable, but it takes only about an hour and a half to explore and see everything the game has to offer. After you see everything the game has to offer, there isn’t much reason to replay it. When you explore everything, you’ll earn all the trophies. It’s weird to say that at $5, that it might not be worth your money, but I had some of those thoughts. If you are intrigued by a very real story that has expertly written characters, Actual Sunlight may be for you. It’s not for everyone, and it will resonate with some more than others. If you think you can handle some dark and serious themes, I’d say give it a shot.
Brash Games (Oct 18, 2015)
If you’re willing to immerse yourself in some very dark, uncomfortable places – the hopeless and suffocating thoughts of a lonely man riddled with depression – then this fascinating, bonecrushing portrait of a man on the edge may very well be an experience for you. Be warned – Actual Sunlight is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Gaming Age (Aug 14, 2015)
Then again, as Actual Sunlight reminds players very early on, "This game is not a game: it's a portrait." To some extent, that feels like an easy out for the game, a way for it to suggest that its broader statement is more important than how that statement is conveyed, thereby rendering it immune to criticism. But at the same time…okay, sure, I'll buy that. Actual Sunlight does have a message for some people, and for those people it could literally be a matter of life and death.

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