The Worst Of 2015: Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture
Much like every year within the video game industry, 2015 had a lot of bad to go with it’s good. With a number of publishers adopting much more abusive business practices, 2015 became more a year of frustration and concern more than anything else. From games releasing in barely working states, to games with barely any content, it’s a worrying sign for time ahead. This is the worst of 2015.
Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture:
I enjoy listening to podcasts, audio books and music when I go running. It’s a fairly decent method to keep pace, or distracting the mind from how cold the weather is. It keeps things fresh, even when running down the some route day in, day out.
What confuses me is the rise of games which are barely games, more guide tours with accompanying naff stories. Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture was 2015′s poster child for such games. Walking around a ‘quaint’ English country town, while sparkles delivered tippets of plot that the game’s title spoils. It’s the most pointless game I have ever played in my entire life.
‘You just don’t get it’ is often the line I had thrown my way when talking about Everybody’s Gone ToThe Rapture. To be fair, they’re right, I don’t get it. It’s mainly because there isn’t anything to get. The story is barely there, it’s gloried audio logs found in nearly every game released since 2007. Whatever plot that is there is hardly impressive. Posh accents and boring situations, with the odd bit of panic. Thrilling.
Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture is the closet to pretentious Art House cinema that I’ve ever interacted with. Scattered plot, dependence on visuals and sound….wait, this sounds like a music video? I can normally understand why people enjoy certain niche games and genres, but not this. The fact the genre has blown up this year is even more confusing.
Steam is now covered in vague walking simulators with no direction and barely any plot. It’s almost like each week ushers in a new entry into the market. Genre saturation is not a new thing, as we’ve seen with ‘Open world’ games and first person shooters in the last decade or so. At their most saturated, least other genres still provided gameplay experiences.
If listening to boring stories told by sparks is appealing to you, Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture is perfect. The weakest work by the Chinese Room, who seemingly forgot how to why their past titles worked, Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture is 2015′s most boring and self indulgent release.
At least the music is nice.