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In 2013, The Stanley Parable celebrated its time by cleverly breaking the fourth wall. Here it is again in an updated version.

A year after the release of Dear Esther, The Stanley Parable in 2013 added its stone to the still-stammering edifice of Walking Simulator. Davey Wreden and William Pugh’s stand-alone design of the old Half-Life 2 is now a cult embodiment of the illusion of choice. With its confusing craftsmanship in its flat design but also its effective simplicity, the title is Madeleine de Proust for any lover of the narrative genre. The Ultra Deluxe Edition in no way taints the fond memories of early gamers.

generous gift

Is there any point in going into the Ultra Deluxe Edition of The Stanley Parable when you are already fully familiar with the original work? Yeah. Even before the introduction, you’ll be asked if you’ve been through the 2013 game, so it doesn’t force you to have too many sequences. The experience is intact, and retains a special aura, but is filled with new levels and branches. New arrivals are also very well received; Additional content will only come to them after the lanes of The Stanley Parable have been adequately explored. The game also improves visually and implements some accessibility additions including in-universe text translation and color blindness options.

The basis of the story is laid again; Stanley, employee number 427 of a public limited company, advances in strict bondage to pressing keys on a keyboard. The typical student responds explicitly to commands that are passed on his screen, even today when no more instructions appear on the screen. When Stanley finally turns his back on his workstation, he discovers a deserted open space. Then the flawless voice of actor Kevan Brighting returns to live where he is so charismatic.

always shining

Loaded with a sincere sense of humor, the narrator’s charismatic and customary character tells Stanley’s story and guides you along the paths he charts. If you had already met him in 2013, he would still remember him. And when he invites you to take the right door while the left is also accessible, the beguiling free-will story that made The Stanley Parable an amazing experience is remembered for our cherished memories. In such a tirelessly traversed small environment, the game doubles the level design ingenuity. Since he knows how to adapt to his time, he makes fun of his time, discusses the evolution of the video game scene, and winks straight away. There are still morals and metaphors that are difficult to understand in some branches. But it’s also what makes the title’s mysterious charms.

Sure, regulars are already used to the narrator’s tricks. The mechanics are now predictable, and have been exploited in a decade of productions including No Game: WrongDimension as a worthy heir.. Therefore, newcomers may have a hard time considering the game to be downright unique and can only imagine how special it was for its time. But Davey Wreden’s adventure continues to amaze us. The narrator acts as an entity that never left the halls of The Stanley Parable; Her lines cleverly adapt to your movements, and her actions seem to really rule her. A captivating duel always begins in which the player and the narrator try to tame the other. Only a few unfortunate load times come to smudge the flight. In general, you can explore the experience within two and six hours. The universe seems to multiply its secrets and willingly invite you to unlock them. Restart the game and you will enjoy some personalized greetings in the menu. He knows when you come back to visit him and almost thanks you for it.


strength point

  • A modern version definitely worth coming back
  • The level design is still ingenious and still surprising
  • The narrator, his charisma, and his observations
  • Good re-controllability
  • funny

Weak points

  • The game is necessarily less special than it was back then
  • download times

Always genius, funny, and captivating, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is definitely worth a stay again in the cult experience of 2013. Today, it’s still expanding with level design that’s still clever and amazing. And what a joy it is to rediscover the narrator’s violent humor.


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