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  • Summary: Agony is a first-person, survival horror set in hell. You will begin your journey as a tormented soul within the depths of hell without any memories about your past. The special ability to control people on your path, and possess demons, gives you the measures to survive.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 10 out of 11
  1. May 29, 2018
    65
    Controversial, blasphemous, sexualized and generator of agony in the user. Agony can be all these things, as well as an excellent recreation of a particular hell, but quite poor graphics and the simplicity of its game mechanics do not stand out as much as we expected, not even to be considered as a horror game.
  2. May 31, 2018
    45
    Agony has good ideas, but the developers have underrated the complexity of the survival horror genre, and delivered a frustrating experience. Add its poor performance and bugs and you get a forgettable game.
  3. Jun 25, 2018
    43
    Agony promised a lot, but it fell short and failed to meet expectations. Lots of bugs and inconsistent quality.
  4. Jun 5, 2018
    30
    In many ways, Agony delivers an authentic experience of the archaic interpretation of ‘Hell’. Playing this game feels like torture, an exercise in utter tedium as you perform the same tasks and witness the same, ‘gruesome’ scenes. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s that meta, it simply tries too hard. Squandering any potential it might’ve had, the result is a shallow, monotonous experience that’s not worth your time.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jul 23, 2018
    30
    Laborious and horribly put together, Agony really will put you through hell. [Aug 2018, p.78]
  6. Jun 23, 2018
    30
    Agony clearly deserves its name. The gameplay mechanics are chaotic, at best, the AI is plain dumb, the level-design is muddled, the scenario is boring… Well, there’s nothing to save here.
  7. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    The best-case scenario for Agony is that patches fix the many technical problems plaguing this game right now. If or when that happens, it will then start to be playable, but even then it will contain a host of gameplay issues. A patch isn't going to redesign the entire stealth system, find new voice actors, or design a vision of Hell that is better than the doodling of a 15-year-old metal fan. There's no fix for much of what hinders this game, and what can be fixed absolutely should have been before this ever hit stores. One thing is clear, it definitely feels like Hell trying to play Agony.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. May 29, 2018
    10
    Great game! very scary and lots of gore and nudity. I start second playtruh
  2. May 30, 2018
    10
    Авторы Agony и авторы
    Requiem: Avenging Angel не побоялись показать истинный ад. Только за это они уже заслужили оценки в 10/10. Надеюсь они
    Авторы Agony и авторы
    Requiem: Avenging Angel не побоялись показать истинный ад. Только за это они уже заслужили оценки в 10/10. Надеюсь они поднимутся.
  3. May 29, 2018
    7
    It's a good time if you enjoy first person horror and aren't looking for anything revolutionary in terms of gameplay or graphics. Gameplay isIt's a good time if you enjoy first person horror and aren't looking for anything revolutionary in terms of gameplay or graphics. Gameplay is much like Alien: Isolation; controls are simple, player power is limited but it does feel sluggish and unresponsive from time to time. Visually it looks ok, environment and character textures could be better however. Currently it runs rather poorly; occasional screen tearing and drops in the frame rate break any immersion and near constant audio bugs causing the first line of dialogue to loop or in the worst cases turn literally all in game sound into static.

    Definitely worth playing, but perhaps you should wait for them to patch the bugs and maybe try to catch it on a sale.
  4. Jun 8, 2018
    6
    Agony
    Not as bad as everyone makes it out to be
    but still annoying Agony is a 12 hour long horror stealth game where you play as a spirit
    Agony
    Not as bad as everyone makes it out to be
    but still annoying
    Agony is a 12 hour long horror stealth game where you play as a spirit trying to get out of hell
    you start inside of a body and youll run into creepy characters as youre running through the beginning area collecting an offer to unlock the gate and move on…
    things are enjoyable and creepy enough at first.. feeling like this is going to be some demonic walking simulator..
    and then demons are introduced.. you’re thrown into a maze to collect 4 skulls and this is when you realize you’re in for a bunch of trial and error stealth frustration…
    This games biggest problem is that it lacks polish..
    though the developers clearly tried to make a good game here.. it doesn’t feel rushed through the entire journey… it feels a bit like an ambitious try from fans of demons and such…..
    naked body parts and blood all over the place
    There are mirrors here which act as your checkpoint.. they have to be found though, they don’t automatically activate… you can punish yourself by making them break when you die 3 times, but I kept that feature off.. I kept it as a respawn point… and every spot in the game except for this beginning maze progress is saved even if you die…
    but no progress being saved here makes this probably the hardest part of the entire game.. its right at the beginning. So if you get past this you’re pretty good to go…
    then the game gets into a lot of finding the right symbol to draw on a wall and break a seal while of course there are enemies around that cant see.. but they feel heat so you have to be carful with torches, and they have insane hearing…
    going through this world is actually enjoyable.. every location feels unique and challenging..
    the objective is mixed up between finding items finding the correct symbol and pure stealth…
    and if youre caught.. youre not out of the game yet.. there are characters crawling all over these levels, and if you interact with them youll pull la bag off of their head.. this allows one of these lucky folks to become your new body.. if you die you have a limited time to get to one of these bodies or be taken all the way back to your last checkpoint… and by limited I mean very limited…
    and towards the middle of the game youll even be able to possess the demons…
    the issue with this game though is its mechanic balancing that stops the game from being as fun as it could be.. that makes this game a frustrating chore..
    There are bugs here where in the maze my character wouldn’t squeeze into a hiding spot.. I got caught on a rock,, the game froze multiple times in the same area not activating a cutscene causing me to lose tons of progress.. but brokenness and bug aside..
    the mechanics feel as though they were made to intentionally infuriate the player..
    you have a stamina meter… which feels pointless because of how fast it runs out..
    you’ve got about 10 seconds of run time.. not nearly enough to run from an enemy that has spotted you.. this means no intense or thrilling chases.. no stories of that time the demon was so close to getting you but you got away.. if youre spotted youre dead.. so its basically here just to help make running through levels a little faster.. but again you get like 10 seconds and it takes another 20 to cool down..
    when you do die, again you have a limited time to find a new body which fine… what isn’t fine is that the game also later ads soul eaters that mean insta death with no warning, no way around them.. they just randomly catch you…
    when youre a demon you have a limited amount of time though your time is increased by eating humans.. problem is there isn’t nearly enough humans for you to continue as a demon for more than a few seconds.. theres rarely even a new body around to possess once time is up
    making this mechanic feel practically useless… if you are a demon and manage to make a great deal of progress you cant interact with collectables or even checkpoint mirrors…
    the mechanics just go against the potential fun of the game making it really hard to enjoy at times..
    though I did ultimately still enjoy this game..
    this by no stretch is a must play game, however I feel like its being unfairly represented as some awful game that it isn’t..
    it has its problems.. but there was heart put into this game
    I give Agony
    a 6.5/10
  5. May 30, 2018
    3
    Agony's title speaks for itself in the respective fact that this game is absolute agony to play through in it's day one form. Let's start withAgony's title speaks for itself in the respective fact that this game is absolute agony to play through in it's day one form. Let's start with the cons because oh god there are plenty. I was honestly awaiting years upon years for the release of this game because it looked like one of those underdog games to just step on AAA titles. Come release day, Agony was the game to be crushed.

    The biggest issue with Agony, which the devs already addressed is the audio bugs. Most of the game you'll hear anything from cutscene audio playing 5-10 minutes after the cutscene happened to cutscene/npc audio cutting out midway through whatever it was they were saying. On top of the audio issues, there was some screen tearing for me on the Xbox. It wasn't as game breaking as the audio issues however.

    Next issue; it's 2018, for no reason whatsoever should we have to endure games that look like the're a decade old in 2018. The graphics are mediocre at most. The martyr (people you control as a lost soul in hell) textures are horrendous. If you take the time to look at one of them, it looks like they dont know what facial expression to make. On top of that, they just look downright awful. The enemies look okay, but not much better than the rest of the characters in game.

    Gameplay is meh at best. It's nothing new, nothing extraordinary, nothing revolutionary. It's essentially a bad knock off of Outlast but set in Hell. The game does do a good job at providing a horrific environment that keeps you on edge about half the time, The other half just feels empty and unfinished as if the devs rushed the final product of what could've been a much better horror survival game.

    The only good things going for this game however is the shock value and the overwhelming, almost too much to stomach environment. Agony does a really good job at creating a portrayal of Hell. If Hell looks like what it does in Agony, I do not want to end up there. Also, if you're into gore, shock value, nudity, over sexualized tones, and an insanely biblical game then Agony is just right for you. But based on its bland gameplay, unpredictable AI (that make it apparent that it's just better to die than hide), outdated graphics, and bugs on bugs, agony falls short. Very short.

    As someone who has watched this game come together piece by piece after seeing it's initial reveal, I couldn't have been more disappointed in a game on release. It definitely feels unfinished, which shows later in the game. It also feels outdated when it comes to gameplay and graphics. I couldn't give Agony anything higher than a 4/10. It's that bad. Even if the audio bugs are fixed it's still a bland game over saturated with grotesque creatures and scenes just for shock value.
  6. Aug 31, 2018
    3
    Адское гонево от неумелых игроделов. (AGONY)

    Говоря об "AGONY", трудно сфокусироваться на чём то конкретно, видимо потому что создатели
    Адское гонево от неумелых игроделов. (AGONY)

    Говоря об "AGONY", трудно сфокусироваться на чём то конкретно, видимо потому что создатели сами не знали, чего именно они хотят. Игра, как инсталляция ещё одной вариации Ада, весьма сносна. Однако отбросив все отсылки к откровениям, заигрывания с библейскими мотивами и бесовские нашёптывания, во время прохождения возникает вопрос: "А в чём смысл сего действа?". Ни качественной подачи, ни вразумительной постановки, а игровой процесс сводится к цикличному выполнению одного и того же базиса на протяжении всего повествования. Задумка сыграть на контрасте, когда нас из шкуры жертвы перемещают в карательное обличие выглядит неумело, а попытки выкрутить в такие моменты эпика превращают происходящее в каламбур. Под конец все элементы сплетающиеся воедино, как будто сами начинают биться в агонии, выдавая тот результат, который окончательно смазывает всё впечатление от проекта, где изначальные желание и посыл сгорают в адском пламени слабой реализации.
  7. Oct 15, 2018
    0
    Pure agony. Agony speaks for itself. Constant crashes, audio cut-offs, and offensive content makes this game the WORST of 2018

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