Ever read a novel that made you depressed yet happy? A kind of experience that leaves you with a myriad of emotions, each of them rich and layered in experiences, fond and revelatory?
That is what Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture left me with.
I say novel, because that is what it is. A beautiful novel full of rich characters with intertwining story lines, all set in the most beautiful and charming little village I have ever seen.
Information and Labels:
Initial release date: August 11, 2015
Awards: BAFTA Games Award for Use of Audio, BAFTA Games Award for Performer, BAFTA Games Award for Music
Genres: Adventure game, Art game
Nominations: BAFTA Games Award for British Game, more
Developers: The Chinese Room, SIE Santa Monica Studio
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
The wonderful experience that is Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture is set in the fictional, Yaughton Valley of Shropshire.
The environment makes for a wonderful and aesthetically pleasing journey as the game presents one of the most beautiful worlds I have ever seen brought to life.
From the humble pub houses, still lingering with the sounds of its previous patrons, to the tight knit humbly cobbled roads leading you throughout the village as you explore the community; It all sets up a beautiful atmosphere.
The side roads, leading you into secluded copses and beautiful meadows, the sky beautifully sunny or starry (Depending on when you see it) seen through the canopy of leaves of the trees.
Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture will have you in awe with its gorgeous surroundings.
Fun Fact: You can’t sprint in this game.
Well you can; kind of. If you hold down the sprint key for over 5 seconds. But its more of a brisk trot rather than a sprint.
This is intentional as you’re not meant to rush through the game in anyway and take your time, exploring and understanding the story.
Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture puts you to the task of finding out or rather discovering what happened to the residents of Yaughton Valley who have seemingly, disappeared following some sort of otherworldly apocalyptic event.
The story starts off slow and maintains this pace, as you make your way around, piecing together the events that transpired in this quiet secluded town.
Often, you are accompanied by this beautiful ball of light, known as “The Pattern” which embodies the personalities of the town’s residents and takes you through their lives upto the culmination, or
The game boasts a wonderfully rich cast of characters.
It is in no way, a game that lets the main protagonist take center stage. In fact, if you think about it, there is no main protagonist. There is you, and the memories of the people of Yaughton that you experience.
That being said, this does not suggest that the characters are irrelevant. They are in fact, wonderfully engaging and as you progress through the story, you find yourself getting attached to them, actively seeking out memories to find out what happened to them.
Its very rare that a game manages to make me care for its characters as much as Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture has.
Music and Soundtrack:
Yaughton Valley is empty. Everyone is dead.
Yet I never felt like I was in silence. I was always accompanied by the gorgeous orchestral music, composed by Jessica Curry (Co Founder of The Chinese Room).
The music melds harmoniously into the quaint neighborhood of Yaughton Valley.
Drawing inspiration from the “Cosy Catastrophe” fiction of British Sci-Fi icons John Wyndham and John Christopher, Jessica Curry has organised and created a gorgeous soundtrack, composed of 28 wonderfully orchestrated songs to keep you company as you journey through the game.
Everybody’s Gone to The Rapture is one of the most beautiful games I have ever played. Period.
With a gorgeous world to explore, rich characters, an intense and deeply engaging story line and a beautifully immersive soundtrack and musical score,
The Chinese Room has created a masterfully crafted story.
If there is anything that I wish the game had, it would be a free roam mode after completing the story. I fell in love with the town and found myself loading the game up just to visit my favourite places.
Verdict : 9.5/10
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