In 2013, The Stanley Parable marked its era with a project that cleverly broke the fourth wall. Here it is back to an updated version.
One year after the release of Dear Esther, The Stanley Paraable added its little stone in 2013 to the still stylistic edifice of the Walking Simulator. Independent of an old Half-Life 2 mod, the creation of Davey Wreden and William Pugh is now becoming a cult embodiment of the illusion of choice. With a confused ingenuity at the design level but also an effective simplicity, the title is a Madeleine de Proust for every lover of the narrative genre. And its Ultra Deluxe version does not in any way alter the sweet memories held by the first players.
Does it make sense to enter the Ultra Deluxe Edition of The Stanley Paraable when you are already fully acquainted with the original work? Yes. Even before the introduction, you will be asked if you have ever watched the game of 2013, so as not to be forced too many sequences. The experience is intact, it retains its special aura, but is filled with new levels and branches. Newcomers also have a very good reception. Additional content will only arrive when the corridors of The Stanley Paraable have been adequately explored. The game also improves visually and implements some accessibility features, including text translation in the universe and color blind options.
The basis of the story is laid again. Stanley, a 427 employee of a public limited company, applies a relentless job of pressing keys on a keyboard. The student model responds silently to the commands rolling on its screen, until the day when no other instructions appear on the screen. When Stanley finally turns his back on his workstation, he discovers a deserted open space. And then the flawless voice of actor Kevan Brighting returns to dwell in the parts of his so attractive presence.
With his faithful humor, the omniscient and charismatic character of the narrator tells the story of Stanley and guides you on the paths he sets. If you met him in 2013, he will still remember you. And when he invites you to take the right door while the left is also accessible, the allegory of deceptive free will that made Stanley’s Parable a spectacular experience lingers in our beautiful memories. In such a tiny environment that is tirelessly crossed, the game further multiplies the bravery of the design level. And since he knows how to adapt to his time, satirizes his time, discusses the evolution of the video game landscape, turns a blind eye successively. There are still customs and metaphors that are difficult to decipher in some industries. But it is also what makes the title cloudy.
Certainly, the tactics are already accustomed to the narrator’s tricks. Engineers are now expected to leverage a decade of producers like There Is No Game: WrongDimension as a worthy heir. Thus, newcomers may find it difficult to consider the game as truly unique and can only imagine how unique it must have been in its day. But Davey Wreden’s adventure still manages to surprise us. The narrator acts as an entity that has never left The Stanley Paraable. His lines are cleverly adapted to your movements, his actions really seem to be governed by yours. And an always exciting duel begins in which a player and a narrator try to tame each other. Only a few unfortunate loading times come to stain the trip. In total, you can explore the experience in two hours as well as in six hours. The universe seems to be doubling its secrets and is willing to invite you to unlock them. Restart the game and you will receive some personalized greetings in the menu. He knows when you will return to visit him and he almost thanks you for it.
- A modern version that is definitely worth returning
- A flat design that is still smart and yet amazing
- The narrator, his talent and his remarks
- Well controlled reproduction capability
- A game necessarily less unique than that time
- Loading times
Always smart, funny and captivating, The Stanley Paraable: Ultra Deluxe is definitely worth reliving in the adoring experience of 2013. Today, it continues to expand with a level of design that is still smart and amazing. And what a pleasure to rediscover the narrator’s relentless humor.
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