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The Talos Principle review: The best puzzler since Portal

Hayden Dingman | Dec. 9, 2014
From a text in The Talos Principle:

The Talos Principle walks a very fine line. There are people that are going to play this game and think it's pseudo-philosophical pretention masquerading as something more. There are people who read that last paragraph and already rolled their eyes and decided not to play this game, I'm sure.

There are also going to be people, like me, who think it's one of the best stories this year. Each individual fragment of story is so small, but it's like mosaic tiles. Suddenly you're eight hours in and gasping because you just found a crucial text and unraveled a key part of the larger whole and it's hit you so hard you half-stand up out of your chair.

Bottom line

This review is vague to the point where it hurts me, but I've given you as much knowledge as I can about the mechanics of the game without ruining any puzzles — you play in first-person, and you manipulate objects (lasers, boxes, fans, et cetera) to progress through a series of test chambers. If you liked (or didn't like) Portal, it's that type of game, and a very good one.

But what makes The Talos Principle special is its story, and I just won't talk about that more than to say a passing interest in philosophy is recommended. If debating what it means to be human sounds like a great Saturday night, then The Talos Principle is for you. If not, maybe give this one a pass.

Regardless of what you choose, I consider it one of the best games of the year. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind.

 

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