Metacritic (PS): 78/100
Release: Aug 2015
Reviewed on: PC
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
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Taking place after a potential rapture event, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture explores a small English village that has suddenly lost all if its population. Coined as a spiritual successor to Dear Esther the game has the same touch of exploration and discovery.
Beginning your story in the morning of June 1984 players find themselves deep in the English countryside in the village of Yaughton which now stands empty. As the only survivor of the event that has taken place you’ll explore the eerie village landscape as you piece together the last few days of this small communities life.
Key to the game are the mysterious floating orbs that appear across the village and when approached take the form of people, reenacting events that occurred before the disappearances. Additional stories are told through recordings in things like telephones and radios which slowly provide the story pieces behind the rapture.
Split into 5 separate game areas each revolves around a different character although are still closely linked to the main protagonists Dr Katherine Collins (Kate) and her husband Stephen who are scientists at the local observatory. Kate was the first to encounter the strange light based life forms that now seem to be the only clue as to what happened, originally observing them through the observatory before seeing them infect animals and eventually humans.
Exploring this discovery and the subsequent events makes up the bulk of your adventure. This story telling is supported by the exploration portion of gameplay which gives you free roam of the world as you interact with the environment with things like doors, phones, radios and countless other everyday items.
- Explore a rapture style event.
- Adventure across the English countryside and observatory.
- 5 different chapters all focused on the discoveries of Dr Kate.
- Interact with the environment as you uncover story pieces.
- For Windows and PlayStation 4.
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture,