I heard that the game works best when it's beaten in a single sitting. I don't believe I'll be able to do that today, but how many hours do I need to do this?
Bought the game. Needs to be beaten in 1 sitting? (complete)
@golguin: I beat it in one sitting on a weekend afternoon. This was back when it came out first on Xbox and I knew nothing about it so I had no expectations. One of my most enjoyable gaming moments this year to be honest and I think that had alot to do with digesting it all at once. I would say it is about 3 - 4 hours all in.
i'm the worst person to ask for play time, because I checked steam and it took me 6 hours to beat brothers. I like to stare at video games. I remember I played through this game while waiting for the electrician to come and fix something. But yeah, one sitting, maybe 3 hours. maybe, those giant fields are worth sitting there and taking it in.
I beat the game and unfortunately the game did not grab like Brad and many others on the site (I had a death in my family this year). I get what the game was going for and I understand the meaning behind the mechanics at the end, but it didn't resonate with me. It was really letting off a Journey vibe (one of my top games last year), but I feel it fell short.
What are the positives? I didn't really care for the environmental design until you killed the ogre/troll and got out of those mountain caves. After that the environments were amazing. The Giant Battlefield was something you can write home about. The Dark Forest and Graveyard gave off the type of oppressive atmosphere I felt while playing Limbo. The snow area with the Orcas and Aurora was truly beautiful and that carried into the final area of the game with the Yggdrasil Ice Tree.
I've read that some people had issues with the music and sound design, but I feel this was another strength. Whenever I heard the "shrieking woman" in the music it just reminded me of the Ghost in the Shell theme, but I can see how people would hear that and get taken out of the experience. I actually can't recall any tune from the game, but I know that it always enhanced the impact of the environment like the Giant Battlefield.
In the end I think the game will probably end up on my top 10 list simple because I don't think I played 10 games that came out in 2013. This was a year for catching up on titles that I missed for whatever reason in previous years.
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