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By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Short but enjoyable, surreal underwater adventure.

Game Oculus Rift , Windows , Xbox One 2017
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While a short adventure with limited replayability, this is a unique, atmospheric, and memorable game to experience. Between the darkness, slow movement, oceanic threats, and an immersive first-person perspective -- including air bubbles and breath seen against the glass of your deep-suit -- this game's strength lies in fear of the unknown. That includes how your mind can play tricks on you -- and tapping into the human instinct of survival. While the game is pretty straightforward and not too challenging, you'll enjoy exploring the areas, finding oxygen (the main resource) and flares, handling squids and crabs (fight or flight?), and unraveling more of the story as you discover the floating bodies of your coworkers. While the standard version is engrossing because of the atmospheric nature of the play, it's even better if you play it in VR, where the immersive and desolate nature of the gameplay experience really shines. If you can play this game in VR, do it. Unless you only like fast-paced games, or long games, Narcosis is a fascinating piece of interactive, narrative fiction that should leave a lasting impression.

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