Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:19pm 27/01/16 | 15 Comments
It's been a long time coming but Jonathan Blow's The Witness is finally out for PC and PlayStation 4. What exactly is The Witness? Well it's a puzzle and exploration game where the tagline pretty much says it all. "You wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles that will challenge and surprise you." Early reviews on the game have all been positive, with many publications highlighting the huge world to explore and satisfaction that comes from unlocking its numerous mysteries.
IGN, Polygon, Eurogamer, and PC Gamer, all praise the experience. In a sense it sort of feels like we're back in 1993 and everyone is raving about Myst. But then again that went on to become one of the highest selling games of all time. In today's climate, a title focusing on puzzles and exploration is almost immediately labeled a niche or indie experience. By no means is The Witness a small game, a huge part of the delay in it being released this year instead of, say, 2014, was due to the title expanding in scope. So much so that the final game is said to offer up dozens of hours of gameplay, somewhere in the region of 100. Plus, over 600 puzzles. Which is definitely impressive, even if a chunk of that time will be spent staring at strange objects trying to figure out their meaning and purpose.
The Witness also looks amazing. Check out this recent long screenshot trailer.
So, will you be getting The Witness? It's currently available on Steam ($39.99 USD) and PS4 ($55.95 AUD).