The Occupation is out now, White Paper Games’s investigative journo-thriller wrapped within the trappings of a sneaky immersive sim. Putting gamers within the footwear of an English journalist in 1987, a restrictive authorities invoice that sounds remarkably just like the American PATRIOT act is about to return into drive. There’s just a few hours left, and the clock is ticking in real-time, however snooping round the suitable locations may present the proof to derail the federal government’s plans. So far, responses to the game’s launch have been everywhere, however I can’t deny the launch trailer beneath seems quite hanging.
The Occupation is an immersive sim within the vein of Deus Ex, minus the cybernetics and fight. You’re going to be lurking within the shadows, rifling by means of peoples recordsdata and (after all) crawling by means of vent shafts seeking clues. Being a British journalist, the worst that may occur is being taken away for a stern speaking to, however that also takes a bit out of your remaining time and also you may miss conferences or alternatives that gained’t repeat in that playthrough. It’s a daring system, however some gamers will undoubtedly be annoyed, and early opinions have criticised the game’s save system.
Still, different shops are singing the game’s praises, however one frequent thread even on extra constructive takes is that there’s nonetheless some bugs to be hammered out. Not stunning, given the style and the complexity of its always-moving world. Hopefully White Paper Games get the chance to work out the kinks over the approaching months. It’d be a disgrace for thus daring a tackle the style to finish up as a mere also-ran. Alice B is presently poking and prodding at The Occupation to ship us a surprising expose on Wot She Thunk about it later this week, so maintain a watch open for that one.