syberia
Metacritic: 82/100
Release: Sep 2002
Reviewed on: PC

Syberia

Site Score
8.0
Good: Story – European feel – No losing policy
Bad: Puzzles can be easy
User Score
8.0
(16 votes)
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Syberia is an adventure game released in 2002 that also incorporates some detective elements into its gameplay. The game uses a unique mixture of new art and steampunk in its game setting.

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In Syberia players will follow the story of Kate Walker and her attempts at finalising a sale for her law firm while also trying to maintain an increasing difficult relationship with her fiancé. Kate Walker’s adventure takes her to a remote village in France and to an old toy factory that is part of an important take-over deal being handled by her legal firm.

Eventually this adventure has Kate searching for a brother of the deceased owner which takes her all across Europe so there is particular appeal to fans of the European continent and its history. Players will get to visit several locations throughout Europe that each has their own different vibe. From the quiet French village at the start of the game, to a failing university and an old mining town there is European influence and vibe everywhere in this adventure.

Syberia is played in a third person perspective with players using their mouse to interact with the game world, complete puzzles and advance the story (which is linear). The game has adopted a no mistake philosophy like many games before it which means players need not worry about losing as it is impossible to make a choice that gets you stuck without a way to continue the story.

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This no mistake feature has obvious benefits and lets players really get immersed in the experience and story without worrying about their decision making or constantly feel the need to spam the save button.

Syberia is a solid adventure game in a genre that is becoming increasingly rare. In terms of modern adventure games there simply aren’t many better options than Syberia and the rest of the series.

Summary:

  • A more modern adventure game with impressive 3D visuals.
  • No mistake policy means you can’t lose.
  • Travel across Europe to multiple locations.
  • European setting adds a great atmosphere.
  • Impressive writing that will pull you into the story.

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