I have so many things I could say about this game, but I will try to keep it short and in summary.
+ this is an art game, if you like art games, you'll like this game
+ surprisingly even though the visuals don't first appear to be anything special, everything came together quite perfectly and actually was a rather beautiful experience overall
+ on top of the visuals, the music was great as was the voice acting, I'm a big fan of subtitles though
+ it's potentially quite philosophical, it's relaxing, it's strange and confusing, it offers an alternative to the usual repetitive stimuli that we get elsewhere
+ if you're a fan of French films, the absurd, smoking cigarettes with wine, then you'd found your niche
now for the negatives... first I will say I love the concept of this game, I love it. It momentarily brought me back to my first experience with Journey... I went through a lot of emotions playing this game. From confusion, to wonder, to sadness and nostalgia. And then, ultimately, to boredom.
- this game gets boring very very very quickly, there is no one else playing it and you will likely have to sit and talk to an ai which can be hit or miss (I spoke to the ai a dozen times, during which I had been moved to tears in one of my conversations, and in another everything said was nonsense and meaningless)
- yes this is a walking emulator, but you walk so incredibly slow it might as well as be a crawling one and the landscape doesn't change it's the same sad waves mile after mile, if I really wanted to go have a weird introspective experience I'd actually get up and go to the beach
- after about an hour you've really gotten the whole experience and whatever you gained from that you gained from it, there is little to no replayability
overall though? 8/10 I liked it. While the execution is not great and because no one actually plays it (thus leaving you alone to talk to yourself or an ai), it feels as though it wasn’t fully realized. The parts are there, and the pieces almost fit, but not quite. It did make me feel deeply, but those feelings were merely stoked on by the game not created by it. It is likely to be a hit or miss with the audience, if you’re into this sort of thing you have probably already experienced something like it and if you’re not into it, you’re gonna loath the experience. I’d recommend giving it a shot either way, I don’t regret buying it or playing for over an hour. There is something here, you just may need to dig a little deeper.