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POSTED 26/8/15


EVERYBODY’S GONE TO THE RAPTURE

The Chinese Room/Sony



It’s 6:07, and that’s the time that it’s always... erm, Bevan?

OK, so OMD were really bloody lucky in the historical time-rhyme department with ‘Enola Gay’.

Welcome to the English village of Yaughton, circa 1984 judging by the prevalence of Commodore 64s and Ford Cortinas. Initially it appears that there’s fuck all going on for, possibly at 6:07 – as that’s what every clock is stuck on - everybody just disappeared. You’re here though in some form, and get to piece together what happened.

As you s-l-o-w-l-y traipse around the village from observatory to pub, church to railway station you’ll spot glowy globs of light. Sometimes with a DualShock wiggle, sometimes without, these unveil vignettes of village life pre-tits-uppingness. To uncover all of these clues you’ll need to get your detective on, checking every door, uncovering radio transmissions, TVs, phones and even trainsets. Was it disease that caused the big wipe-out, or something altogether more sinister?

If you’re an all-guns-blazing type then you’ll hate this. It’s languid – way too much, often - and definitely more of a think ’em up. We found it a fascinating experience, filling in the stories of people who used to be people before they became those glowy globs of light, and nutting out – as best as our feeble little mind could - just what the actual fuck happened in this once apparently idyllic place.

But damn you’ll require patience. You’ll face backtracking, red herrings (what’s with the proliferation of useless Walkmen and Rubik’s Cubes?) and that which’ll kill the experience for many – insanely bloody plodding walking. You can speed things up ever-so-slightly by holding down R2, but it’s still an exercise in ARGH. Surely in such an apocalyptic situation some urgency might be prudent?

We suspect that it’s just impossible to push the myriad polygons here any quicker – for EGttR looks stunning. If you’re patient and love some John Wyndham-like intrigue then don't stop, do punk rock. Rapture be pure, take a tour...

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