Finally got around to playing Gone Home, after hearing a lot of praise from both friends and the general gaming press, having heard "Game of the Year" mentioned more than once.
Firstly, calling this a game, at least in the traditional sense, is doing it a great disservice, as a lot of people will expect more out of it than it delivers, it should rather be described as a digital short story (and, short as in two hours, give or take, even when you're really trying to prolong the experience) than a game.
Gameplay can be described as walking into a room, meticulously going over every nook, cranny and crevice until you find a piece of information (almost always on a piece of paper), and then either listening to a short audioclip that furthers the telling of the overall story, or reading a tiny bit of information about one of the sub-plots.
The main story is ok-ish, albeit very clichéed, and more or less all of the sub-plots are uninteristing and will leave you without closure, and you'll just have to speculate about the whats and whys. I must give credit for the great voiceacting, though, the actress who voiced Sam did a pretty fantastic job throughout.
Furthermore, it annoyed me immensely that a lot of the clues are found in highly illogical places, it complete breaks immersion for me to think that someone would leave information of a certain nature in a highly visible place, or that notes that are decades old would still be found where they would surely have either been destroyed, or removed by the persons living in the house.
This is even more compounded by the fact that the developers have done a pretty good job of making the house seem very real, more or less all drawers, closets, microwaves etc. can be opened to search for clues, but then again, this was most probably done to further the longevity of the game, you spend a lot of time opening stuff that have no items of interest in them.
All in all, I can't really recommend this game, its an interesting way to tell a story, and if the story had been better, it could really have been an experience, but as it is, this game should in no way be a contender for a GotY title.
Posted: December 22nd, 2013