: The Fullbright CompanyPublisher
: The Fullbright CompanyIntroduction
Gone Home is an excellent example of how amazing an exploratory story game can be. The story is told as you explore each room, and bits and pieces of the story are shown to you for you to put them together. When everything is said and done, you have a great overall picture of what's happened/happening in the game. Gone HOme does a very good job laying everything out before you.Gameplay
Played entirely in first person, Gone Home drops you off at the front door of your home after a trip abroad. A note on the door clues you in that your sister is gone and asks you not to try and find out where she went. As you go along, you find out what happened through little notes and pictures that you find hidden around the house. At certain points you need to find a key to open up a new section of the house, opening up new bits of story, clues, and notes to find to help you piece together the overall story. Not going to spoil anything, but the story is well written and you can totally see it as an event that could really happen.
There are sections where you might expect something to happen, or some baddie to jump out and get you (due to the ambience), but nothing of the sort is present in this game. So if you are expecting that, you will be disappointed. Gone Home is purely a story game.Graphics
The house you explore is very realistic. The layout is a bit weird and unconventional at places, but overall it works. Furniture and other props such as cups and cabinets all look great. Doors, windows, etc all have the same detail.
Lightning is questionable, where everything is almost completely dark until you turn on a light. Even then, some areas aren't very realistic when lit. It works though, I suppose. You will make a habit of looking fo rlight switches or lamps when you enter a new room.
If you look close enough, you will find a myriad of obscure references to the 80's and 90's, especially in a few of the bedrooms, on the cassette tapes you find near tape players, and on postes in various rooms. There are tons to find, try to find all you can!Sound and Music
The music is very calming, but as said above, there are points where it might make you think something will jump out at you. Gone Home is a very ambient game, with lots of backgrounds noise and weather effects to set the mood and atmosphere. It's all very fitting for the theme of the game, and well placed.Performance
I had absolutely no issues running this game. It ran at a constant 60FPS and had no stuttering or frame loss. It didn't crash at any point either. Most users should have no issues running this game, as it didn't seem to be very 'heavy' on my rig. No complaints here!Final Thoughts
A great story driven exploratory adventure, Gone Home is a nice, relaxing game that you can enjoy at your pace for a few hours. The only downside is that it is extremely short. It took me approximately 2-3 hours to complete the story. This included actually reading everything I found, taking screenshots, and picking up/looking at most of the objects scattered about. Regardless, it's worth the price of admission (on sale) because it tells a great, moving story.Gameplay Demo
==========https://youtu.be/7fTXyR69u0ANerd House Verdict
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