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God is a Geek (Nov 02, 2015)
Pathologic Classic HD is a fantastic game developed by a small indie team with a genuine and obvious love of smart, psychological horror. The game is challenging and you will feel alone without anyone to hold your hand and this is the best thing about it; you will be psychologically and emotionally tested like you never have before. There are framerate issues and the general look is poor in comparison to a lot of open-word games already out there, but if you are willing to give Pathologic a chance, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Brash Games (Nov 22, 2015)
So how do I process Pathologic down to a numerical score? This is one of the best games I’ve played in years, it seems to have been made to the specifications of my exact sensibilities. But I’d be remiss to not mention how essentially damaged the finer points are. And these aren’t cosmetic features, they’re innate parts of the game. Pathologic is a lumbering, hulking mess, but it’s one which is capable of such macabre beauty, creepiness that will set the tone of your nightmares for weeks to come. Pathologic is a ten-out-of-ten in my heart and, if it’s not clear by now, I suggest you take the opportunity to experience it yourself. One can only hope that the remake fixes the issues without removing what makes Pathologic so special.
Digital Chumps (Nov 20, 2015)
General clunkiness and opaqueness aside, and bearing in mind the presentation isn't anything to be excited about, Pathologic HD even at this early stage for me is offering a unique gaming experience. It's not without its struggles and frustrations, but if you can just 'turn the corner' on these and get pulled into the many positives that the story offers, I think you'll be as pleasantly surprised as I have been.
ZTGameDomain (Nov 19, 2015)
The reason this is such a hard title to review is because it’s by and large the exact same game as the original 2005 release. It’s not exactly the easiest game to get into, and it still retains all the faults and issues it had upon release. Someone jumping into this game now and expecting something more refined or suitable to today’s standards will be disappointed. Yet for players familiar with the game or those willing to explore the dark world it presents, there is plenty of story and interesting moments to appreciate. Just go in knowing that it’s a relic of the past, and that it plays as such. Those ok with that will find that an interesting world awaits.
Pathologic Classic HD is certainly an improvement on what was already an instant classic, but players shouldn’t expect a hugely different experience from the 2005 version, and the flaws from back then have become even more obvious with age. That being said, it’s perfect for people who’ve never played the original, or who just can’t wait for the remake.
Hardcore Gaming 101 (Dec 06, 2012)
When faced with the choice between Pathologic Classic HD and the old version (which has been integrated with the remaster even on, so now it’s not easy to buy on its own, anyway), this new option certainly is a lot prettier, but also has higher system requirements. At its core the program is very poorly optimized, so you cannot expect the HD version to run well on ten-year-old computers. Due to the way strafing and turning around work, both of these actions also feel just a little bit awkward and not quite right in a widescreen view.