Something New – Oxenfree

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Continuing with my usage of the free games from Epic Games, I played Oxenfree. It’s currently free, at the time of writing, until 4/4/19.

Oxenfree is a very narrative driven experience that at first reminded me of Thimbleweed Park, but in hindsight plays much more like a game from Telltale. Without the quick time event stuff.

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Visually, it’s quite nice and fairly straightforward. Unfortunately there are very few screenshots and things I can talk about without getting into spoiler territory. One of the things that makes this game unique is that it’s very audio dependent. I didn’t turn on subtitles, so I had to make sure I focused on what I was hearing and what was being said. It’s a very… detail oriented experience.

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There are no enemies or weapons, per se. You spend most of your time talking, exploring, and playing with the radio. Occasionally also the map. The whole thing has a very eerie atmosphere that’s something like a cross between Lovecraft and Gravity Falls.

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It was a good experience, though. I took the time to finish the game, which is why this post is somewhat later than normal. It felt like it could have many different courses and endings, and that I saw only one possibility, but I’m not currently in the mood to find out. I’m content with what I got.

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Still, the lure is there, asking why the continue button has changed. May be I’m not as finished as I think I am. I hit it for a few to see what it was, and it’s, uh, the same mostly, but kinda different. Y’all take care, maybe remember to treat other people like people yeah?

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