Welcome to The Backlog. In 2017 I’m going to be attempting to play every game in my library I haven’t gotten to yet and documenting it here. Wish me luck.
It’s always nice to play a game you’ve heard nothing but good things about to find out that the hype was justified.
Yes, The Stanley Parable is every bit as brilliant as everyone has said. It’s very much an “inside baseball” experience, though. This is the kind of game that’s made for game designers, for people so familiar with the tropes of games and game narrative that they can see through it in other games. The wonderful thing about The Stanley Parable is that it makes you feel as if the designer if getting increasingly agitated by your decisions, and forced to improv as you stray away from his carefully-laid story.