Has anybody else "played" this

#1 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

I've been meaning to for ages, and I figured it would make a nice change of pace after finishing Brotherhood. Which it is I suppose. After about an hour exploring with Carmen I've decided that I'm going to pick away at it slowly, but I was wondering if anybody on GB had a take on it. I think that it would have benefited from a little more explicit setup, but I understand why they decided to just dump you in. There is certainly nothing else like it, and I do have a lot of respect for it. That said, I am not huge into symbolism unless it is woven into something that already has meaning, so this won't be making my top 10 list or anything.
 
Oh yes, where was I? Right, has anybody on GB played this and what do you think about it?

#2 Posted by Gamer_152 (13976 posts) -

I watched my friend play this. All in all it seemed to me it was definitely not a fun game, but if you're willing to open up your mind to the whole "games as art" notion The Path conveys a meaningful and interesting message.

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#3 Posted by Animasta (14464 posts) -

at one point i was going through the woods and this girl was either a ghost or clipping through the trees. so I dunno

#4 Posted by Undeadpool (4870 posts) -

My girlfriend bought and played this. She got as close to "beating" it as I guess you can, since I don't think it has a real ending. She liked the style and the atmosphere, but said it was also incredibly directionless and made little to no sense.

#5 Posted by SSully (4060 posts) -

I got it as part of one of the indie game packs, i didnt bother to install it because it sounds like it is up its own ass, but ill give it a try someday. 

#6 Edited by CornBREDX (4459 posts) -

I haven't played it, but I researched it a lot as it intrigued me when it first came out.
 
It's not technically a game, per say. As someone else said, it's more of an art piece (similar to this other one you can get, I forgot what it's called but all you do is follow this old woman and a number of different things can happen including one where she just dies). From what I remember the developer intended it to be an experience with no particular answer so no "wrong way to play" and what you choose to do guides how your story will go... or something.
 
It's an interesting idea, and one that is constantly worked on by developers that do that type of thing more mainstream (like Bioware). I never bought it, though, as I don't see myself buying an art piece of interactive media that has no purpose and I cant hang on the wall, or place somewhere where it can just be. 
 
I don't know if that makes sense, but ya.... that's my thoughts on it.

#7 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5750 posts) -

I watched a Let's Play.
 
It looked ok.

#8 Posted by Animasta (14464 posts) -
@CornBREDX said:
" I haven't played it, but I researched it a lot as it intrigued me when it first came out.  It's not technically a game, per say. As someone else said, it's more of an art piece (similar to this other one you can get, I forgot what it's called but all you do is follow this old woman and a number of different things can happen including one where she just dies). From what I remember the developer intended it to be an experience with no particular answer so no "wrong way to play" and what you choose to do guides how your story will go... or something.  It's an interesting idea, and one that is constantly worked on by developers that do that type of thing more mainstream (like Bioware). I never bought it, though, as I don't see myself buying an art piece of interactive media that has no purpose and I cant hang on the wall, or place somewhere where it can just be.   I don't know if that makes sense, but ya.... that's my thoughts on it. "
I just have it because it came in the indie fright pack, which also included The Void, which is a lot better as a game.
 
and makes less sense than this does, probably.
#9 Posted by Dalai (6882 posts) -

I played it once for about 20 minutes. I bought an indie pack a while back and this game was in it, but I don't really know what to think of it.

#10 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -
@Laketown: Funny, I picked up the Fright Pack for this and wasn't aware of The Void until after. It is now on my list to play in the next month or so.
 
I suppose that once you've played a little bit of it you have the general idea, even if you don't finish the game (I understand that it does have an ending of sorts). It has a great atmosphere, and some nice touches.
 
And walking through Grandma's house was insane. In a good way.
#11 Posted by Origina1Penguin (3500 posts) -

It is a bit eerie, especially when you enter the house. It is definitely not fun. There is some interesting symbolism in it that makes it feel more like an attempt at interactive artwork than a game. The collectibles make no sense to me. Overall, it is tedious and aimless and feels like an early concept for a bigger game than never came to be.

#12 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -
@Origina1Penguin: I don't think it was ever intended to be fun.
#13 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6654 posts) -

I did. It's....weird.

#14 Posted by Origina1Penguin (3500 posts) -
@nintendoeats: Then in that regard, it's an enormous success.
#15 Posted by cabelhigh (239 posts) -

I used to love this game to death. I don't know if I would now, but I found it's atmosphere creepy, it's non-existent story intriguing, and as a whole weirdly emotionally satisfying. Really, I wouldn't recommend it, but I had some good "fun" with it.

#16 Posted by JJWeatherman (14486 posts) -

I haven't, but the wiki description makes it sound super compelling. Must try it at some point.

#17 Edited by eroticfishcake (7780 posts) -

I've played a good bit of it though I've still a lot to explore. The Path is one of those games that tend to rely a lot more on atmosphere and narrative so in a sense it's the closest thing to an "artsy game" if you want to call it that. I'm not here to argue for or against that. Anyway, from the short time that I played it I thought it was quite interesting and eerie. The first time I entered the house really unnerved me but highly intriguing all the same. Exploring off the path with the various girls also conjures up some really weird stuff too as well as altering the ending for each, most of them were pretty creepy. 
 
I dunno, it's a fairly unique game that you either appreciate or don't "get". Personally, I liked it but I didn't love it. I'll recommend that everyone should at least play it once though.

#18 Posted by Apathylad (3066 posts) -

The premise is intriguing, but it doesn't sound like it would be a fun "game". I'll watch some videos of it.

#19 Posted by Animasta (14464 posts) -
@nintendoeats said:
" @Laketown: Funny, I picked up the Fright Pack for this and wasn't aware of The Void until after. It is now on my list to play in the next month or so.  I suppose that once you've played a little bit of it you have the general idea, even if you don't finish the game (I understand that it does have an ending of sorts). It has a great atmosphere, and some nice touches.  And walking through Grandma's house was insane. In a good way. "
one thing if you DO go play the void, go download the easy patch. Seriously. I'm having trouble WITH the easy patch, you do not want to play it without it. and it'll take you a few do overs to finally grasp the mechanics.
#20 Posted by BeachThunder (11275 posts) -

I played a bit of it and then I ended up wandering around the forest aimlessly. Then I just stopped playing it =/ I'm not really sure what else to say. I guess it's something that I would have liked to like.

#21 Posted by Raven10 (1598 posts) -

I've played through one of the girls a couple of times. It's a creepy game that doesn't have much in terms of gameplay or "fun". You just walk around a forest and look at things that you find. It all has symbolism and if you play every girl, I understand you get something of a coherent narrative assuming you find everything. It's definitely a piece of interactive art more than a "game". There are no levels, no way to lose, no obstacles to overcome, no score, nothing that would normally indicate that something was a game. If you want a unique experience then I say go for it. But go into it knowing you are not really going to be "playing" this "game" as much as you are going to be participating in a piece of interactive art. You can also try their other game The Graveyard. Again, not much of a game, more a piece of interactive art.

#22 Posted by supermike6 (3523 posts) -

I haven't but after reading this thread I kind of want to.  I don't want to spend ten whole dollars on it though.

#23 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6654 posts) -

YOU GO DOWN THE PATH TO YOUR GRANDMAS HOUSE AND SHE'S NOT THERE! THE END.
 
You beat the game in 20 seconds it's stupid!

#24 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -
@TheMustacheHero: This IS a joke, right?
#25 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -
@supermike6: Its really not worth that much. I'm sure it will go on sale again.
#26 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6654 posts) -
@nintendoeats: It is a joke, but that's also what I did the first time through....

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