You may have heard of Stanley’s Parable. Back in 2013, both the press and players enthusiastically called this Galactic Cafe creation, which originally existed as a mod for Half Life 2, if not the greatest game of our time, then something like that. Over time, it’s become a cult for a whole layer of gamers who don’t stop looking for secrets and easter eggs and maybe look forward to seeing a sequel.
It goes on sale in 2022 Stanley’s parable: Ultra Deluxe. Not a sequel, but a remaster of the same we’ve been waiting for. Now not only PC owners, but also the rest will be able to touch the work of Davy Riden’s genius. We played the new version on Nintendo Switch. Is it worth it for you?
The answer to this question is an emphatic yes. In general, reviewing The Stanley Perable is pointless, because it is impossible to describe it in detail without spoiling the impression of future players. There’s no point in painting controls or graphics. There’s no combat in the game, as it’s actually an interactive story, where gameplay is reduced to walking slowly around the office to the accompaniment of the narrator, played by British actor Kevan Brighting.
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What makes a game a game, what choices mean, does a story need the structure we’re used to – all these questions and more, The Stanley Parable asks us. You don’t want to pry and comment on every detail — the less you know, the better.
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If you’ve never played The Stanley Parable, you should give it a try. But only if you are ready for something truly unique and non-standard. I know those who sincerely don’t understand his absurd changes and get bored when the game gives him a “passive” role. But one thing is for sure: despite the fact that almost 10 years have passed since its original release, it is practically invisible. The game, especially on the Switch, looks great, especially since the developers never focused on graphics. On a portable iron, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe offers clear images and 60 fps, although with a slight drop when the camera is rotated sharply.
Unlike other “remasters”, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe can also be fun with new content. Plus, there’s a lot of content here: in fact, the game is twice as big. Additional dialogue (well, monologue) continues the original theme, but brings the commentary to a more modern reality. This means that even veterans should pay attention to Ultra Deluxe.
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In the last ten years, we’ve played a lot, but few games have made such a pleasant impression as Stanley’s Parable. The standard of narrative gameplay and a true example of “smart gaming”, finally Davy Ridden’s creations are available not only to PC owners. I’d recommend even a modest port, and with added content and a reasonable price, Stanley’s Parable: Ultra Deluxe seems to me to be a release not to be missed.