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Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture isn’t for everybody

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Walking simulators – puzzle games that have you exploring an area to solve a mystery – are back in vogue. The latest, PlayStation 4 exclusive Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture from Dear Esther and A Machine for Pigs developer The Chinese Room is out this week, and like other games of this ilk isn’t for everybody. If you do get a kick out of them though, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture seems like it may be incredible.

So sayeth game critics. Scores are all over the place showing that the game is as divisive as others in the genre, but those who do love it seem rather enamoured.

Game Informer – 7/10


“I enjoyed the general vibe of Rapture’s striking apocalyptic tale and the well-performed character interactions therein, but the story left a sour taste in my mouth in the final stretch. A pretentious, musing monologue attempts to tie the mysterious happenings together with all the subtlety of a high school poetry jam.”

Game Spot – 9/10


“Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture uses subtle cues to guide you through its world and then gives you the space to digest what you find. It’s a wonderful example of what games can achieve narratively while presenting minimal physical engagement and tasking player imagination with the rest. That sense of futility never leaves you, but whether or not you cling to the story’s threads of hope is entirely up to you; no happy ending is forced on you… just an ending. The moral of the story is whatever you think it is, and there’s no wrong way to feel as you sift through its bright, empty world. And while I had my moments of frustration in navigation, that didn’t stop it from dazzling me. I left Shropshire exhausted, spent, and utterly impressed by The Chinese Room’s magnificently crafted journey, both in how it brought me to its conclusion and the conclusion itself.

Polygon  – 7/10


“It’s a bit surprising that a game where you literally never see another person has the most humanity of anything I’ve played this year. And that makes it all the more unfortunate that a few of the design choices — the walking speed in particular — pushed me away and weakened my experience. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture has some incredible, down-to-earth stories to share, emotional stuff that transcends its end-of-the-world scenario. But, not unlike any of the game’s characters, you’ll have to see past its flaws before you can learn to love it.”

USGamer – 5/5


“But for those willing to take the plunge in what is ultimately a cross between a game and an experimental piece of interactive fiction, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture combines scenes of utter beauty, touching, desperate, and sometimes even angry emotional moments between people, and a score to die for into a narrative that’s gripping, involving, and thoroughly rewarding.”

 Push Square – 9/10


“Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a masterwork – a gorgeous and subtle experience, which treats you as an adult, without ever indulging in pretence. It cares about its characters enough to give them interesting and meaningful things to say, while also playing host to some truly breathtaking art direction and music.”

 God is a Geek – 9/10


“If there’s to be a complaint, it’s leveled at that movement speed. It’s nitpicking, but you move so slowly at times, and when the entire game is based around moving, it’s going to grind some people’s gears. But this is a special game, and one that is hard to pin down. A story that grips you firmly until the end, with some of the best visual and audio design in a long time, there’s so much here to recommend. As long as you know you’re getting a heavily scripted game, and are familiar with the type of experience, you’ll enjoy it. It won’t be for everyone, but for those that love Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, it’ll stay in the memory for a very long time indeed.”

 PlayStation Universe  – 6.5/10

“Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture spins a good yarn, but it does nearly all the spinning, leaving little for the player. Its impact falls flat after trudging slowly across a world with little of substance for players to find, explore, or interpret.”

Here’s the official story synopsis:

Our story begins at the end of the world.

The time is 6:37am on Wednesday, 6 June, 1984. Five days, four hours and 30 minutes since the Primary Event.

Nestled away in the idyllic English countryside, the village of Yaughton, Shropshire, stands empty.

Children’s toys lie forgotten in the playground the wind blows quarantine leaflets around the silent churchyard. Strange voices haunt the airwaves as uncollected washing hangs listlessly on the line.

You remain behind in this deserted world, slowly piecing together the mystery of the apocalypse through the memory fragments of those who lost their lives.

Last Updated: August 11, 2015


  1. oVg Planned Obsolescence

    August 11, 2015 at 10:31

    I thought it was that DLC for Bioshock. Could not be more confusing in this flooded market. Nice to see they did not embrace that shiitttttty cinematic look by making the screen even smaller with two stupid ASSSSSSS! Black borders.


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      August 11, 2015 at 10:38

      That’s racist!


      • Dutch Matrix

        August 11, 2015 at 10:58

        Yes! It should be Van Riebeeck Borders!


  2. Hammersteyn

    August 11, 2015 at 10:39

    Looks like a AAA version of Journey of Light 😛


  3. AfricanTimeZA

    August 11, 2015 at 10:39

    i liked “Dear Esther” but is was very buggy, it could not be finished until the update, hopefully this will not be the case for this game? cause i am very tempted to get it.


  4. Dutch Matrix

    August 11, 2015 at 10:49

    But can I haz a rocket launcher?


  5. Kromas,powered by windows 10.

    August 11, 2015 at 10:50

    I really can’t play these games. I feel way to constricted. Then again I have been spoiled by survival simulators to the point where I only come up to breathe fresh air every time a new episode of Life is Strange gets released.


  6. DragonSpirit009

    August 11, 2015 at 10:59

    I love these kinds of games! Hopefully the story will satisfy one’s curiosity and not leave you happy…. Those games I don’t like!


    • Dutch Matrix

      August 11, 2015 at 11:01

      I take it this is right up your alley then? o_O (refresh) http://i.imgur.com/tCKedRC.png


      • DragonSpirit009

        August 11, 2015 at 11:06

        Yeah I kinda just got attacked by a huge roach so everything I write won’t make sense till midday!

        But on another note to that picture my answer is yes! Except this only happens with the money I saved for a consoles, then crap happen, then I have to use that money. Life is just a jerk sometimes!


        • Krabby Paddy

          August 11, 2015 at 11:14

  7. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    August 11, 2015 at 11:10

    I’m not particularly fond of games like these, almost like a 3d scrolling shooter without guns… But if it has a good story to tell, I might just consider picking it up.. I am though, looking for any suggestions for good games on my shiny new PS 4…


  8. Jonah Cash

    August 11, 2015 at 11:35

    If it is anything like The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, which it seems to be, then I am all in. If the story can have me thinking about it as much as Ethan’s then everyone should play it.


    • Mossel

      August 11, 2015 at 12:45

      Was just thinking it reminds me of Ethan Carter. Looks really intriguing!


  9. ZA Ludomusicologist

    August 11, 2015 at 12:19

    It is not for everyone – only for the educated elite.


  10. WitWolfy

    August 11, 2015 at 12:41

    This looks puuuuurdy! Will prob get it.


  11. Nikola

    August 11, 2015 at 13:15

    Wow this was not even on my radar actually look very interesting! Lovely now another game to add to that pile of wanted games and not enough time to play them all:(


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