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Penumbra Overture Episode One
6.7 out of 10

Penumbra Overture Episode One

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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

Aberzanzorax, Metacritic
28 January 2014
  • Summary: For its time this game may have been of quality...I can't say. I'm playing it in 2013/2014 and finding it lacking. The dogs (the primary antagonists) don't provide the appropriate tension. They're boring and binary...you kill them or they kill you and you try again (or you just run past them).
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Overall 8
8.0

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LonePiper, Metacritic
17 April 2013
  • Summary: Not quite as good as the series' successor, Amnesia, Penumbra: Overture is still a worthy horror title. The atmosphere was spot on and there were a few genuinely frightening moments. The story too was enticing, if a little bit uninspired.
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Overall 7
7.0

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FFStudios, Metacritic
21 June 2012
  • Summary: Having played Amnesia and being terrified witless, I decided to buy Frictional's first foray into Survival horror, and first game ever. First, the positives. It's very atmospheric; the environments are creepy & unnerving and the first encounter with an enemy is unforgettable.
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

LA_DOTTORE, Metacritic
13 June 2012
  • Summary: I originally only bought this game as a DLC of sorts after playing Amnesia: The Dark Descent and, while this is a great game, barely holds a candle to Amnesia: The Dark Descent's spooky, dark gameplay. One thing this game does excel in is puzzles! A lot of puzzles!
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Overall 5
5.0

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genoforprez, Metacritic
2 October 2011
  • Summary: This is a game that I really, really want to like. It has a very interesting setting, and it does a fairly good job of establishing a feeling of extreme isolation in a long-abandoned facility, buried beneath a frozen and remote corner of the earth.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

MrWeezee, Metacritic
30 July 2011
  • Summary: This game was awesome. Truly one of the best horrors out there. Great story, great gameplay, and the ending leaves you wanting to play Black Plague right away.
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

Mendozacheers, Metacritic
27 August 2010
  • Summary: I played through Penumbra Overture in the middle of the night at a friend. We both completed it that night and helped each other with puzzles etc. That was a perfect way of playing it since we had 2 brains and we didn't freak out since we weren't alone. We played Black Plague with the same effect.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

LeeW, Metacritic
21 August 2009
  • Summary: Penumbra: Overture begins an amazing series of video games that, though short-lived, and with some shortcomings, provides some of the most immersive atmosphere, some of the greatest writing, and the absolute best horror ever in a video game.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

KentB, Metacritic
23 May 2009
  • Summary: Penumbra is sucha good game. You really have to think befor you act. The puzzles are very hard in my opinion but its that what makes the whole game fun. At first I thought this was just some "click´n click" game. But I was wrong. You face alot of scary things.
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Overall 10
10

Incredible Horror Game

Anonymous, Newegg
25 December 2007
  • Summary: For more from the Penumbra crew, check out the Penumbra: Tech Demo...it's what the game was going to originally be before Overture
  • Pros: Great lighting, great physics engine, clever puzzle and enemy avoidance techniques...and how could I forget...this game will scare the pants off of you!
  • Cons: It's not as popular as it should be...it totally deserves to be a much higher ranked game...
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