The Worst Of 2015: Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture

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.



Sean Halliday


  1. Alex Angry
    December 25, 2015, 11:37 pm

    Zero comments until this one, to point out that this article is a waste of electrons.

    You lack something that’s required to enjoy this ride, that’s fine. We get it. Enjoy your empty website.

    • Sean Halliday
      December 25, 2015, 11:46 pm

      Thanks for leaving a comment! Happy x-mas to you too

  2. Kamille
    December 26, 2015, 1:25 am

    The game’s awful indeed but since the game’s a PS4 exclusive then there will be certain people that will defend it to death.

  3. d0x360
    December 26, 2015, 7:13 pm

    The game is boring. Its pretty simple to see just how boring unless you a total simpleton.

    The story it tells could have saved it but that’s also boring religious drivel. There is absolutely nothing exciting about this game. Its basically unbearable. It would be ever so slightly better if you didn’t walk so damn slow but the dev is so up their own ass with their so so visuals that they want you to take it all in at a snails pace. Gone Home was a better game in this genre of…semi games.

    A good story can be told without sacrificing gameplay to do it

  4. Darklurkr23
    November 27, 2016, 7:35 pm

    I found a 48hr PS Plus to try this game in 11/2016.

    I’m a literally THIS CLOSE to just turning it off what a boring ass slow walking pos

  5. Estefano
    March 20, 2017, 4:13 pm

    I agree. The game was awful in every sense. Walk around and discover things while you are confused as where to go or what on gods name is happening. Well the voice acting, grafics and sound was compelling, the sole fact that these three aspects are the best part of the game is what frustrates me the most. It is not a game, it is a big cutscene where none of the things you do in game makes a diference nor affects in any way the characters as there is barely any character at all, or the story as there is barely any story at all. Praising this for being a master piece “game” or delighful ride is just dishonest with the industry and it dishonest by tricking players by making them think they are actually downloading a game. They are not.

    • Sean Halliday
      April 4, 2017, 11:16 pm

      It seems to fall into a love/hate situation, but i genuinely do not understand how people praised the game so highly. It just felt utterly dull and pointless, but pretty…i’ll give it that

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