Sir, You Are Being Hunted is a freedom sandbox stealth experience, where each playthrough is unique, thanks to our British Countryside Generator. Escape from these robot-infested islands with violence, trickery and stealth. This brutally funny game is available for Windows, OSX, and Linux.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,431 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 19, 2013

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November 6

Quick Controller Update Today, v1.3

Hello!

We've just deployed an update to fix some issues with controller support, and that means it should work fine on your Big Screen setup, and indeed on the Steam Box you are getting for Christmas. Oh man, was that a secret? We shouldn't have looked in the present cupboard!

Anyway, there will be another small patch soon to fix a couple of other issues reported recently, we'll say hi and explain when those go up.

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June 19

Today's 1.2 Patch Fixes Some Things

Hello!

Just a very minor patch today fixing menu bugs and implementing 5.1 sound.

With regards to multiplayer, it's still a long way off, unfortunately. While we've got it wired up for networking there's a lot of things that were never really designed for multiplayer to be fixed, and some design stuff to be worked through. We're going to be a bit quiet on that until we've got it all nailed down, but we'll explain the plan as soon as we've been able to apply some serious time and focus over the summer. Thanks for your patience!

And so:

Fixes

- Inventory now closes with Esc key properly (second tap required to open menus)
- Menus optimised, will produce a performance boost on some systems.
- Logging reduced, will produce a performance boost on some systems.
- Error on credits screen exit button resolved.

Changes

- NEW 5.1 support in game options. Click "Stereo" to cycle audio setup. This will only restart sound on a session change, ie loading a level.

Cheers!

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Reviews

“Everything about Sir is either silly or scary.”
IGN

“A cold-sweat thrill.”
Polygon

“There's nothing quite like Sir, You Are Being Hunted.”
Eurogamer

About This Game

Sir, You Are Being Hunted is a procedurally-generated British horror in which tweed-wearing robots hunt you for sport. Roam the landscape, scavenge for food, hide breathlessly in the undergrowth, flee in terror, and even fight back with stolen weapons.

Sir is a stealth and survival game unlike any other.

Key Features


  • First-person stealth and survival.
  • Procedurally-generated British landscape.
  • Five biomes to explore: castle, industrial, rural, mountainous, and fenland.
  • Infinite replayability in a sandbox world.
  • Powerful, brutal AI that becomes tougher as you play.
  • Tea and biscuits.
  • Foliage-based stealth system.
  • Scavenge to survive.
  • Play as Sir or Madam.
  • Relentless Britishness.

Every Game Unique!

Sir, You Are Being Hunted is set on a mysterious archipelago generated procedurally by you, and therefore unique to each game you play. You can define your own islands, each one created in moments by our rather clever British Countryside Generator. These islands are then populated by a raving aristocracy of murderous robots, their robot hounds, and worse. You job is simply to survive, and get home.

You're not entirely alone, though: The disembodied voice of Walters, your butler, will help you and offer advice.

Ultimate AI Threat


Sir's AI is one of the toughest in stealth, and as an open-world game, it's unique in its field. The robots are some of the most aggressive and intelligent game enemies you will ever experience, and will pursue you even after losing sight of you. Expect to be hunted!

The Most British Of Games


Sir, You Are Being Hunted is set in a parallel Britain, complete with bleak villages, rocky highlands, bramble-filled woodland, decrepit farms, and crumbling post-industrial landscapes. Made with the remarkable power of our British Landscape Generator, these landscapes are enormously evocative and teeming with detail. Take time to explore, and find that vital hidden flask of tea!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2, or equal at 1.6GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: QuadCore 2.0 GHz +
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS or better, 512MB+ VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, 16-bit
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7.5 (Lion)
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GT 120 / ATI Radeon HD
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c-compatible, SM 3.0-compatible
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: QuadCore 2.0 GHz +
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce GT 120 / ATI Radeon HD
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
55 of 71 people (77%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I have no idea why this has such a bad metacritic score. Maybe im fanboying here, but this game is awesome if you play it the right way.
I've started without watching any trailer, without knowing anything about the game. Just after a few minutes I got into the system and immediately felt the survival aspect. After gathering some orbs, a new robot comes into play, which is a cool feature itself, but the discovery of it is the main thing. Wandering through the woods and seeing just a glimpse of a robot you have never seen before, wanting to get a closer look but without risking your life.
I have to mention, I don't use the save-function. I play 'hardcore' which adds some more of the survival instinct and makes me overthink my actions. As the maps are all random generated, it makes sense to start over from a whole new map.
As there are 5 different Islands and each one has its own theme, it is again all about the discovery, still in mind that some robot could spot you while you are admiring an interesting building or strucuture. The balance between "I really want to see what that is" and "I hope it doesn't kill me though" is perfect.
Like I said, it might be the fanboy effect I'm suffering from, but I got this from various chases through the woods, resulting in a firefight in a small village, while trying to get some robots into a trap I originally set up just to gather another one of these crystals.
This game is brilliant. You really, really should try it if you like the thrill of survival and discovering the mysterious unknown.
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This game becomes repetitive really quickly and doesn't have enough content in it to make it worthwhile the amount of time it'd take to finish it. You have to find pieces scattered around generated islands and bring them back to the starting position to do 'something' (What that something is I don't know, I never finished it). As you progress new enemies will appear that will ramp up the difficulty. The way I see it this game has 3 main elements, combat, stealth and exploration.

The exploration aspect of the game is extremely lacking as there is rarely anything interesting to find. Just more and more houses to scavenge for supplies and the occasional 'something' piece. You can find diaries and stuff that help you understand the setting but they are rare'ish loot and without them there is barely any kind of narrative. It's just not fun to explore because there is nothing worth finding. Just more random houses that does nothing.

The combat in the game is boring, I understand that it is not meant to be a combat oriented game and that you need to preserve your resources in order to survive long-term, but whenever combat 'does' happen it is extremely clunky. I ended up just sitting behind a wall and then waiting for a robot to pop around the corner so I could blow the head off and that's it. There are traps you can use (which are especially useful for the robot dogs) but the enemies might not walk into a trap and then you might be ♥♥♥♥ out of luck.

And finally, the stealth, in order to not attract attention you need to sneak around sometimes but when you progress far enough into the game it becomes a necessity to stealth in order to avoid being cluster♥♥♥♥ed by dogs. The problem? It's a sandbox world where you have to travel large distances. It isn't fun to move the speed of a slug when all you want to is to just get another damn 'something' piece. The stealth works well enough on its own merits but the problem is the amount of distance you need to travel 'and' the necessity to use stealth. It becomes tedious real fast.

The setting is really interesting, the enemies are well designed, the concept behind stealthing around and using resources is great. But the gameplay is boring, repetitive and tedious.

What the game needs is a stronger narrative, it needs to ditch the generated islands in favor for consistent set-pieces, it needs to polish the resources system, the healing system and the combat system. It needs to have something more worthwhile to find while exploring, like unique mini-bosses, NPC's, locations, puzzles and traps. And it needs to ditch the extremely repetitive "Fetch 24 'something' pieces" for a more clear and focused story.

If a sequel does what I just suggested then I'm definitely getting it. But 'this' game? It ain't worth it. Even on sale.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This game doesn't hold back.
You will run into robots and die.
You will have dogs hunt you down, and die.
You will think the water is safe, until you die.
You will starve and eat anything, and you will die.

10/10 I would die again.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
First Impression:
I... Wow.

This is one of those games that is a lot cooler than it seems so let me try to paint you a word picture.

*ahem*
First, there is a whole 'survival' element I never really noticed in any of the videos on the store page. Its very simple, however, a vitality meter to symbolize hunger. And an inventory of junk, cookable food, and the tetris box-style inventory screen.

Next is the 'horror' element. It isnt objectivly scary, like real horror games, but play this game with headphones with the volume turned up. Bird's wings flapping as you stir a grouse from the bushes. By the way, your hunters will see and hear this and the looming ever presence of a spotter in a hot air balloon breathing down your neck make you think out every move carefully.

This game EXCELS in atmosphere and simplicity.

What it doesnt excel at is inventory. Equiping items really needs to be done before you need them. However I think that's by design.

If you liked "Dont Starve" but want something a little different, try this.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
I've always had a fear of English robots dressed in gentleman attire carrying guns, and now that fear is only stronger. I was suprised this didn't have a bigger fan base, it's really a great game.

The key is sneaking around, hiding from the robots who are hunting the last of humainty for sport, as you try to find the pieces of a device to get you to sanctuary. And as you progress, the robots do as well, becoming more difficult and more various as time goes on.

One player, but definitly a good buy if you're looking for a game for good distraction.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
It's not every day you get hunted by a tweed wearing robot commenting "I'm so wealthy it's extroadinary"

I've had Sir You are being Hunted in my library for a while now and played it back when it was really early alpha and it was quite entertaining, playing it recently with a load of new robots, items and environments, I can see this this game has a massive potential to be a great game and already currently is very fun
An unique take on the survival genre with some absolutely wonderful details such as the Robots comments, environments and items
It was also interesting to come back and start finding letters in some houses that give some insight to the back story of the islands

My most recent experience would be returing to the Standing Stones to drop of some artifacts, to then be spotted. Making a run for the fields, I upset a local scarecrow, who brings down the entire islands enhabitants on me, to then flee to a nearby crop field to hide with every local on the island searching for me, including several hunters and hounds, a Poacher and the Landowner no less! I was amazed I was able to escape

Honestly I'm surprised to find it's no longer Alpha, as there's some optimisation that should really be addressed, framerate for me struggles in a few places on visuals that don't really look as if they should be that demanding, as well as some generation anomalies. Ideally a patch would be in order

None the less, while it can be a little difficult to get into, Sir You are being Hunted is still a fun game and gives an amazingly tense atmosphere for what it is
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Having played games in the real world such as paintball and having hunted wild boars with a double barrelled shotgun, this game gravely recreates the stress, adrenaline and aesthetics of those experiences. The stealth is insanely realistic and you are forced to stay hidden in shadows, vegetation and below topographical features. The sound of a robot is distressing and you need to turn on your hyper perception to see and hear them before they see you. Sometimes, a gun fight is unavoidable, the best cover with fast thinking and reactions are needed when a robot lifts his gun in your direction. Stressful decisions must be made all the time; fight or flight, stealth or rush, stop bleeding or keep running, rush or stealth. There are many different types of robots after you and jump scares should be expected frequently. On top of the action and stealth, there is breathe taking scenery, 5 very different biomes and the world is always changing weather and time of day.

I personally find this game hard to play due to all the stress it gives me but it's certainly rewarding. I have yet to play this game properly due to lost progress in previous updates. The developers have not added more content in a long time due to some networking issues of a multiplayer update. They are planning to release the multiplayer update early next year and I'm highly anticipating coop with friends. As a result, the game is still a bit barren like a beta but it should get more content and details in the future. Even though a great deal of improvement of a great game can be expected in the future give some thought about getting this game now to support the great indie developers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Strangely addictive, it strikes an almost perfect balance of stealth and action without necessarily favoring one or the other. If you like to ghost* through Thief, Hitman, and Manhunt, you'll feel right at home. If you prefer inventory hoarding and guerilla tactics, striking out at isolated groups of hunters then disappearing to strike out again, you'll find plenty to enjoy.

The mildly subversive, self-mocking humor complements the fittingly urgent ambient music and delightfully goofy robotic chants. Speak of the devil, my favorite is the gamekeeper / road warden who sings a few bars of Rule Brittania with a metallic death rattle while patroling villages. My least favorite is the landowner, who lets out weird yelps and yowls that don't sound even vaguely English to my American ears. If everyone living in the Edwardian English countryside were turned into sadistic robots bent on killing any stray humans or animals, this would be the result. Recommended!

* Ghosting refers to completing a map in stealth without attacking any enemies and, if playing hardcore, without being detected by enemies.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
A very good game that blends stealth, horror and survival very well.
I do highly recomend this game to stealth and survival fans but I do warn you,
Sir, you are being hunted.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I love this so much, just, so much class for one game
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Great.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Funny horror survival game, better than I expected - it'll keep me busy a few hours at least.
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Imagine a game where you do next to nothing but hide from robots and collect gems. Yep, that's what you were thinking about buying...
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I love this game.

The style of the game is just great, I love the robots and the weapons and the environments and everything!

If you like sneaking about and luring robots into traps so that you can club their heads in and steal their weapons then this is the game for you :D

This game deserves WAAAAAAAAAAAY more good reviews, I bought it on offer when it was 80% off and I'd buy it again at full price, it is really that good.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
The robot shoots you
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This game has put me on edge more than most games I have played. It is constantly throwing suprises at you and is never predictable. It really makes you feel desperate and is one of the best survival games I've played.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Seriously an amazing game. worth every penny. its quirky, nervracking at times, beautifully done, and lots of british fun.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This game is alot of fun. The stealth elements are nailbitting. The game world is interesting and i think if you are a slight bit interested give it a shot or look at some videos to see if you like it. I highly recommend the game.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Do you like tea? Biscuts, maybe? This is for you.




Anyway-Sir is a great game, plenty of stealthy opportunities for the stealthy type, and you can arm yourself to the teeth (why teeth?) if you are a zenophobic cod player who wants to just shoot everything.

Eleventeen/Ten
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
The game is now out of Alpha, which means the developers are considering it more or less finished. In the past I made it clear how disappointed I was with how the game was turning out, and now I'd like to step back and review the game, the developers, and the history of both in their entirety.

The game taken completely by itself, with no consideration of the developers or the Alpha development phase, I feel is a decent but flawed stealth shooter. There's some fun to be had in sneaking around in the tall grass, but nearly every other aspect of the game has something wrong with it.

Exploring is flawed in that there are far too many "dead zones" with nothing interactive in them.

Looting is flawed in that nearly all loot is gotten from largely non-interactive buildings, as enemies rarely have valuable things to offer when defeated. This is also a flaw of combat, since the lack of valuable items means there is very little reward for winning a gunfight.

Combat is also not exceptionally fun because it doesn't have much gravity. Bleeding can be cured with a single button, health regenerates, and most enemies are weak and easily evaded or defeated.

Music doesn't appear to play a large role in the game. I recall hearing an opening theme, which was interesting, but not memorable.

Graphically, the game has a lot of heart, which I appreciate, but at the same time it's got a very dated, rushed look. Most objects have bland, flat textures and barely react graphically to light. Even the guns looks like they're made of matte plastic, not wood and steel.

The rushed look is present in other elements of the game as well, such as the user interface, which lacks key features like a quick option to discard something (there's no discard button, there's no dragging the item off the inventory screen, there's no icon to drag over, just a context menu opened with M2) or the ability to stack similar items (bullets cannot be stacked once separated, be careful with your rifle ammo).

Animations look sped up and choppy, though this may be on purpose for the robots. There are no reload animations, instead the character lowers his guns offscreen and reload sounds are played.

And finally, the AI is not exceptionally good at tracking you. Even the searchlight, which can see you even when you're perfectly hidden, will forget where you are if you're near a building.

Overall, I'd say it's worth a play if you could pick it up on sale, but it's certainly not worth $20, not for this level of roughness around the edges.

Now, taking into consideration this game had an alpha stage in which quite a bit of money was raised for its complete development, and that there are multiple developers who have had years to fine-tune and polish the game, the overall image becomes considerably less positive. Instead of appearing to be due to time delays or personal problems, the lacking aspects appear to be due to developer inexperience or possibly even laziness.

It has been made clear to me that the developers are a team of ten or so people with decent but not exceptional talent in making games. It has also been made clear that funding was a large concern for them during development. However, a similarly sized team with inconsistent funding and only two experienced game designers was responsible for the creation of GoldenEye 64, which was lauded as one of the greatest first-person shooter games of all time and maintains that status even now (96 on Metacritic, compared to this game's 63). If a team with similar resources and worse technology can make something so memorable, the only thing keeping the developers of SYABH from doing the same is the developers themselves.

It's an unpleasant but well-known fact that game developers who are paid for their work ahead of time can be known to cut corners or even abandon projects at a whim. KickStarter and IndieGogo are rife with such half-finished and abandoned projects. This game, while at the very least playable and somewhat enjoyable, is certainly not finished, and definitely should not have been released from alpha in its current state.

And this doesn't even take into account the fact that many of the lacking features were requested by the community, but outright ignored by the developers during the alpha phase. One of the most requested features was interactive buildings, even something as simple as a 3d door that opened when interacted with. All of these were labeled "too difficult to implement" by the developers and ignored.

This reveals much of their mentality during development. Even during the alpha stage, they'd already decided what the scope of game would be like. Implying that the community had any say in the matter was at best misleading and at worst outright lying. Furthermore, since they already had the finshed project in mind, releasing the game from alpha stage is a sign that they consider that pre-defined scope nearly reached. The fact that they're currently working on additions that do not expand gameplay, such as bugfixes for already implemented features and controller support, seems to enforce this conclusion.

I bought this game when it was on sale during its alpha phase and followed the development for quite some time before it became apparent to me that these developers were not going to produce a finished game. It appears instead they've opted to produce the bare minimum according to their own standards and not the community's. I'll say again, this game has heart, but it just doesn't have enough life in it currently for me to recommend it

And unfortunately, it looks like it never will.
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