AAt some point, you always wondered what your neighbor was doing. This social thinking was explored in classics like Rear View Window and brought to life in many childhoods. After all, especially when you’re a kid, some things just don’t add up and your mind wanders in all sorts of directions. What possible horrors could lurk in this mysterious land just across the street? Yes hello neighbor has proven anything is that these questions are best left unanswered. Even though the concept had legs as an unorthodox stealth title, hello neighbor offers a buggy and horribly designed experience. Even if it was still in early access, it would be in the final tier.
“The premise itself seems simple enough, but the game’s bugs and general lack of polish hit you right away.”
The high-stakes adventure is all about sneaking into your neighbor’s house and seeing what they’re up to. Obviously, it’s not that simple, but it’s the basic premise most will enter the game for. This quest is broken down into three acts where the layout of the houses gets more complex. The game’s aesthetic looks quite appealing – the mixture of cartoonish colors with an unsettling atmosphere conveys the sense of dark mystery quite well. However, there is a lack of polish in the animations. Maybe it’s just that they’re so stripped down that they rob the game of any personality its visuals might have offered. Either/or, in this case.
The premise itself seems simple enough, but the game’s bugs and general lack of polish hit you right away. Clipping issues, neighbor AI, objects suddenly disappearing, the list goes on. hello neighborThe biggest flaw is that its introductory gameplay hook, the neighbor itself, isn’t even cohesive. Sometimes you will not be detected even if you are only a few centimeters away from you. Other times, it will spot you randomly. It’s extremely unfair at times, but it’s also extremely random. Who knows what will happen next?
Then again, it would be grossly unfair if there were consequences to getting caught. You simply restart the area with all the items you previously picked up. This doesn’t rob the game of its stealthy approach, but it does erase any sense of urgency from every playthrough. With the neighbor’s random behavior setting traps in places you can visit, there’s simply no real consequence to lose.
“Yes it is that sort of a puzzler, aimed at fans of old-school adventures who haven’t been tortured enough by the classics.”
When you remove any consequence of being caught, there’s not much incentive for stealth, let alone being moderately sneaky. When you fail to set the right conditions in which an enemy can detect the player, it’s all just a big twist. The Xenomorph in Alien Isolation designed for excellent gameplay due to its intelligence and unstoppable nature, which blends well with the exploration and tense atmosphere of this game. move forward and react intuitively. By comparing, hello neighborThe titular antagonist of is just a random reset button meant to slow your progress and nothing else.
“Losing progress” is always supposed to be a big deal in hello neighbor because of its puzzles. However, for a game that seems so free, there is only one simple solution in any case. It wouldn’t be so bad if the puzzles weren’t the kind of dark, cryptic horror that wants you to think outside the box, then light the box on fire and dance around the ashes wearing a wolf’s head. There’s a point where you have to press a few levers on some pipes, but the game didn’t lead you to that conclusion. You may need to pick up a toy truck and then jump on a train around the side of a building to reach a certain convoluted spot.
In fact, you are not really directed to any solution. It’s one thing to drop a player into a world and have them figure it all out. It’s quite another to create a world so obtuse that the only real way forward is to seek solutions online. Yes it is that sort of a puzzler, aimed at fans of old-school adventures who haven’t been tortured enough by the classics.
“hello neighbor started out as something neat – adaptive AI presented in the guise of childhood nostalgia.”
There are also cases where hello neighbor is really interested in the platform. This shows up strongly from Act 2 onwards (prepare for some hardcore box stacking) and while the surreal twist was pretty neat, especially since the game’s aesthetic shines all the brighter, this n isn’t magically fun. The controls detract from the experience a lot with their general clumsiness. Get used to them because they cannot be personalized in any way.
To top it all off, all that lure of being the naive kid investigating his neighbor’s house because he might do no good? There is no reward as such. You grow. You discover stuff. It gets weird. Go on with your life. Why this sudden change of approach? Why is all this hallucinatory material that makes me feel like I’m still stuck in the second half of Survive 2? Maybe I just don’t get it, but the whole experience is too frustrating, buggy, and unsatisfying to make it half a brain cell.
hello neighbor started out as something nifty – an adaptive AI presented in the guise of childhood nostalgia. It could have been a simple if slightly flawed experience with great aesthetics. Instead, we have this mediocre title that tries to be so many things, fails miserably, and isn’t even bug-free regardless. I doubt the basic concept could be extracted and the whole game changed to fit it, but anything would be better than this mess.
This game has been tested on Xbox One.
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