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Review of The Samaritan Paradox by Vegetable Party

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Rating by Vegetable Party posted on Jan 16, 2021 | edit | delete

blunt Norse drama

What the f*ck, Samaritan Paradox.

That is my experience with this game. This game spoke to me and then it jammed a pencil into my shoulder.

I expected a conspiracy thriller. The title’s formula suggests as much. That made me a bit hesitant; these types of stories wade through pretty murky waters, crawling with hungry political bottom feeders.

It’s a sub-genre that easily crosses over into creepy territory, is what I mean.

Oddly enough, this game manages to steer clear of anything really problematic, at least.. in the political thriller part of the plot. The personal story is essentially a deliberate lack of trigger warning; that decency would spoil the big reveal. Here’s a spoiler alert: it’s about parental sexual abuse and it’s handled in a way that’s equally abject as oblivious.

That is what does this game in. It looks the part. It works like a charm. It’s not structurally bad: the puzzles might not be for everyone, but they were right up my alley. I really thought we were getting somewhere, TSP, I was mostly digging your vibe. Until it came to an abrupt end.

So where does that leave us?

Ratings and recommendations are odd, kind of useful and fascinating. How do we attempt some sort of objectivity, or quantify an ethereal and inherently subjective experience? If a game has mediocre graphics, but amazing gameplay, or great puzzles, but juvenile humour, how do you weigh these things against each other? Is it just adding and subtracting, ending up with a grade that determines the position of the thumb?

There is a lot about this game that is good. If the letdown was just a flaw, the game would probably end up with a passing grade. That makes it hard. It would be easier if this game, in it’s entirety, would be at least half as bad as the experience i had.

But I can’t recommend this. If you don’t get why, don’t tell me about it.

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Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Hard

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