I don’t understand Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
When it comes to critically acclaimed and/or very popular games that I happen to not like, they’re usually divided into one of two categories. One is the category of critically acclaimed and/or very popular games that I don’t like, but fully understand why so many would find great enjoyment in them. It’s a matter of taste, after all. But then there’s games that are critically acclaimed and/or very popular, but I’m just baffled by the situation and can’t understand what people find in them, and how come they say what they say (it’s still a matter of taste, but it doesn’t make me any less confused). Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is that kind of game.
First, let’s get out of the way things that I do appreciate about it. It’s beautiful, no denying that. The atmosphere of a mysteriously deserted little town was implemented very well. Visual and audio cues in the environment are very smartly placed, prompting the player to go to them. That’s about it.
Whenever you read a positive reaction to Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, it’s mostly about how much depth there is to the whole experience. And… I think somebody needs to blatantly point it out to me, because I just don’t see it. Let’s take thatgamecompany’s games, for example. Like Journey. Or not even Journey, let’s take flOwer.
flOwer has depth. There’s no direct narrative, and the gameplay is very meditational and one could call simplistic (you basically just fly around), but the way the level selection menu evolves, the level design, the environments… all that provokes thoughts, which might differ between people of course, but it adds depth.
What depth there is to Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture? And this is a genuine question. Because as far as I see it, this is a game that desperately tries to keep some intrigue by providing a deliberately abstract and obscure mystery, and lets you try to piece it all together through viewing a bunch of random memories that are supposed to tell dramatic arcs that turn out to be more, for the lack of a better word, melodramatic than anything. And then in the end explains the whole mystery in an obscure, inconclusive and incoherent way, because you can’t really tie up this kind of set up in a concrete manner.
So the whole thing is… eh? If you like the game, all power to you, but unless somebody describes in detail why they like it, I will keep staying baffled regarding the whole thing. And I really mean ‘in detail’, because all feedback and reviews are really vague. I guess that’s to not spoil anything in the game, but it doesn’t help. Because right now to me Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is frankly a kinda pretentious mess. So if you happen to stumble upon the post and will be able to help me move the title from category #2 mentioned in the beginning to category #1, I would really appreciate it.
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