The Stanley Parable is an extremely simple and easy-to-explain game about choice, story, failure, and why none of it probably mattered in the first place. You'll figure it out, I believe in you.

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Instead of having my traditional new-years wank I played this and was not disappointed in the least. So yes, this game is as enjoyable an experience, if not more so, than wanking.

Though really it is a great nongame with excellent commentary on how idiotic the games industry and gamers can often be. It's certainly worth getting and going through every last little corridor and finding every last 'ending.'

P.S. If you cheat your way to getting the Commitment or Go Outside achievements, die.

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You know, The Stanley Parable is the most Videogame then any game can be Videogame. The level of interaction, possibilities and of course humor is gigantic, and if you want to find everything, you probably gonna have a long funny time.

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Crypt says

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This game.

This.
*******.
Game.

I don't know where to begin, I don't know where to end. Hilarious, clever, meta as ****. Thought provoking? It's a very different concept, and one that's equally hard to explain. One of the best games I've played in a while. An amazing recreation and extension of the original mod.

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Ten minutes and I come to realize this is going to a hard game to review. Probably the hardest I've ever done so far.

The Stanley Parable is an interactive (fiction) game where you choose your own path whilst a narrator comments or dictates your actions. Unlike those text-based adventures here you will be required to interact with the environment in any way possible - from pressing buttons to entering doors, from taking detours to staying put. The number of paths is absolutely amazing and endings for every one and each. Good luck finding them all as a challenge.

If you go along the main path you might as well complete the game in 10 minutes. It took me 17 to do so. The real challenge and surprise comes from your subsequent playthroughs as you try to replay the game over and over, perhaps playing the game in the game in the game with an all-knowing narrator. It clearly doesn't take itself too seriously in favor for the player's experience.

You'll jump to familiar places and eerie chambers one moment or the next and there's no reason at all to spoil the experience for you. This is the kind of game to experience blindly as that's where it shines.

The story itself is there but not constricting the player in any way. Themes present are freedom and government control. It is presented in a beautiful and exciting way to lure the player and as such it delivers its morale with delicate hands. That is, if you do not happen to miss the story. With the multitude of endings (counting in double-digits) this can happen. Or be done in 3 minutes.

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LoganPlaysDoom123 says

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10/10 Game of the year

Everything that can be said about this game has been, it's one of the best games ever.

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This quote sums up my thoughts. "He then praised the game for its insightful and witty commentary into the nature of video game structure, and its examination of narrative video game tropes." In Layman's terms, IT'S AWESOME!!!!

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You don't need to follow a story. You can make choices.
Also, the narrator.
Theses things makes the game funny and good to play.
I played every single ending, and i'm going to buy the next Stanley Parable if they do another one.

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I think I got most of the endings. There were only a few more apart from the original that I found, even after spending all day on it looking for more. It's very interesting for an hour or two, but the $12 I paid (and full price $15?) seems like a lot to ask for what the game offers. I had higher expectations. Maybe it's because I was desensitized to some dialogue after remembering it from the mod. I wish I could find more endings because I feel like I'm missing so much. It looks like there's a lot there, a lot everywhere, when most of the time there's nothing important there. So many buttons and props that have nothing to do with the story but are there to troll you. I did that input puzzle until I reached the buttons room and I still don't know what that's all about. And I wish there was at least some filtering on the shadows so they wouldn't have such jagged edges. But overall this is a decent game. Just don't expect it to behave like a regular game.

(I think my favorite part is when the narrator took me to "someone else's game". That part really surprised me.)

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Instead of having my traditional new-years wank I played this and was not disappointed in the least. So yes, this game is as enjoyable an experience, if not more so, than wanking.

Though really it is a great nongame with excellent commentary on how idiotic the games industry and gamers can often be. It's certainly worth getting and going through every last little corridor and finding every last 'ending.'

P.S. If you cheat your way to getting the Commitment or Go Outside achievements, die.

Jan 1 2014 by ComradeWinston