Published on August 12th, 2015 | by Mica Rose0
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – Review
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a beautiful, immersive title which encourages exploration
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is set in the fictional village of Yaughton in Shropshire, and as someone who hails from the not so fictional county I was impressed to see how accurate they got the accents of the characters. There’s a little bit of Welsh mixed in with West Country and Received Pronunciation which is the perfect smorgasbord of representation in Shropshire.
The attention to detail is impressive and surprising. You can approach a shiny red post box and see the mail collection times, you certainly wouldn’t notice it’s absence were it not included but the fact they have made a perfect replica of this and many other everyday objects in Yaughton adds to the immersion of the game. The game is simply stunning, with immaculate detail that makes it feel like you could be walking down a real country road.
You are encouraged to interact and investigate objects whilst exploring the abandoned village and the surrounding areas at your leisure. For the first few objects you will be prompted to press a button or tilt your controller, but from then on you’re on your own and no more help will be given. More than once I thought I spotted another person out of the corner of my eye, of course there wasn’t anybody there; it’s just another way of the game getting inside your head.
As you wander around you will notice globes of light whizzing round the area. If you follow them, in certain locations the light will mould itself into the form of the previous citizens of the village, and recreate part of their story. Once you discover them all, and in no particular order, you will discover the conclusion of each character.
The story itself is intriguing; you will pick up snippets of information and scandals that complement the main plot and add to the layered world of the village. I found this wryly typical of a small countryside community, the Rapture is upon them and they’re still bickering about Summer Fetes and gossiping about affairs.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a beautiful game with a compelling story that isn’t force-fed to the player.
You can pick up a copy of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture now, exclusively on PlayStation 4 with a discount for PlayStation Plus subcribers.
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