The now fully updated Stanley Parable Review.
A Paladin’s Steam Review: The Stanley Parable. That Game You’ve Heard Of.
- Genre: 1st Person Self Exploration.
- Developed & Published by: Galactic Cafe
- Platform: Windows, Mac and Linux
- Business Model: Base Game
- Copy Purchased by Myself
Overall Gameplay Thoughts
Is Stanley Parable a game? Are you a real person? Ok, you’ve probably gotten sick of hearing this joke when it comes to reviews about the Stanley Parable, so I’ll knock it off. But cmon, I had to have a little fun. Yea, that joke was old even when I originally posted this review. So, time to put a bit of strikethrough it and put some actual effort into talking about the game itself. You play as Stanley, an office worker that wants something more out of life. Or maybe he doesn’t. The game mechanics are simple: you walk through doors, hallways and rooms while listening to an excellent British accent describing what you are or aren’t doing. Or going on a rambling about some unrelated happening. Or maybe its incredibly related and you don’t realize it. Sometimes you’ll push buttons, open doors or fall to your death. But really, those actions that you perform aren’t what matter most. It’s what you take away from the experience that matters. You’ll be replaying the levels over and over again as different actions can cause different little “stories” to play themselves out. It’s a pretty passive experience though as you can’t really do anything other than choose minor actions at certain times.
This could have easily been a game stuck up on itself but it’s clear that the developers want us to consider what it is to live this life and to play videogames. How we interact and deal with videogames on a regular basis. There’s quite a bit more under the surface than even I gave it credit for after I finished playing it and watched some other people talk about it.
The game comes with more PC settings than you could possibly ever want or need for a game like TSP. Resolutions, FoV slider, AA/Shader/Effect/Texture detail controls and much more. Everything is here, even support for high framerates. The game is very stable from all that I can tell and have heard. There is nothing missing that I can think you would need.
This is a title where I don’t think it matters what I think. I think it’s a title you need to explore for yourself and take away from it what you will. It is essentially a walking simulator, I won’t deny that. And the player interactivity is minimal at best. But, I think its worth checking out. Take the time to appreciate what’s being said and shown to you.
Thanks for reading!