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  • Summary: In a ruined desert, a strange golden dust transforms a free-spirited bird into a determined young child, setting off a chain of events that will reshape the world itself. From the team at Friend & Foe Games, Vane is a stunning, emotional and unnerving experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 52
  2. Negative: 23 out of 52
  1. 85
    In its refusal to hold your hand or even guide you a little, Vane feels like it stands out among its peers as a vehicle to deliver narrative agency for players, not because they have a list of choices to sift through, but because they are presented with an environment and scenario that is so freely open to interpretation. With Vane, you get out what you put in, and while you may not come back to it multiple times, that first one is a doozy.
  2. Jan 15, 2019
    65
    Like the pearlescent shimmer across its desert surface, Vane is difficult to observe and define with precise clarity. Its world presents either an invitation to wonder or a provocation to explore and it’s often seized by the tension pulling it in opposing directions. Vane can be brilliant and subversive or confusing and frustrating and it’s impossible to separate its intentions from its misfortunes.
  3. Jan 16, 2019
    60
    An atmospheric and often perplexing exploration game that suffers from bugs, uneven level design, and an unwavering dedication to leaving you to your own devices.
  4. Jan 21, 2019
    50
    Vane has some good ideas, but in stretching them out for too long across a pretty empty world, it soon becomes tiresome and frustrating.
  5. Feb 8, 2019
    40
    Vane tries without succeeding to present a similar adventure with Journey, where the player could reach his own conclusions about a long-gone mysterious civilization. Here though the information given is extremely vague and in no part of the 2-3 hour trip we could make any assumption of what was going on. Some short-lived interesting gameplay ideas remain extremely unutilized, leaving in the end a game with simple and derivative gameplay along with the almost non-existent story.
  6. Jan 17, 2019
    40
    It’s punishing to go through what Vane offers without even the slightest understanding of what Friend & Foe’s grand vision was supposed to be. I went into it with no prior knowledge about the game, and I got as much out of Vane’s final cutscene as I would reading a paragraph of Mandarin. Maybe there’s a secret ending that I missed or a subtext that re-contextualizes the bizarre events that unfold over the course of this brief experience, but until I hear about it, the only thing clear to me about Vane is that I didn’t like it.
  7. Jan 22, 2019
    20
    In addition to the lack of direction, Vane’s controls are floaty and often unresponsive, which makes puzzles and general navigation that much more frustrating. Collision detection is also relatively wonky at times, which is especially challenging in a game where all of the puzzles involve pushing something from one spot to another, or landing on a small piece of metal. The only bit of solace or reward that comes from operating these forklift controls is the severely underused smooth synthwave soundtrack.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Jan 20, 2019
    10
    I just loved it. Is a exploration for another misterious world . I loved to fly as a bird. The visuals are awesome. The soundtrack is good.I just loved it. Is a exploration for another misterious world . I loved to fly as a bird. The visuals are awesome. The soundtrack is good. If you complete all the tasks, and there are so so many, the gameplay surpass 15 hours. Its my kind of game , perfect after a long and hard workday. Expand
  2. Feb 11, 2019
    8
    This game is grossly misunderstood. Really interesting and unique game with incredible visuals and music. This is bar none the best use of theThis game is grossly misunderstood. Really interesting and unique game with incredible visuals and music. This is bar none the best use of the Unity Engine out there. The visual storytelling and atmosphere are top notch as well. It IS held back a bit by bugs and horrible checkpoints (don't exist if you exit and start game again, starts you from the beginning of 1 of 5 chapters you most recently arrived at losing upwards of 30 minutes of progress at times). That said, this game should be played front to back in one sitting. Good Game!

    Gameplay/Mechanics: 5.5
    Story/Atmosphere: 9
    Graphics/Art: 9
    Sound/Music: 9
    OVERALL: 8/10
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  3. Jan 18, 2019
    7
    Deutsche Review - Kritik Der folgende Test ist in 5 Kategorien zusammengefasst. Diese 5 Kartegorien ergeben die Gesamtpunktzahl von 0 - 100Deutsche Review - Kritik Der folgende Test ist in 5 Kategorien zusammengefasst. Diese 5 Kartegorien ergeben die Gesamtpunktzahl von 0 - 100 Punkten. Um einen passenden Userscore zu geben wird auf oder abgerundet. Bei 84 Punkten ergibt das einen User Score von 8. Bei 86 einen von Userscore von 9. Falls eine 85 kommt entscheide ich ob ich es eher positiv oder negativ nehme. Regeln verstanden? Dann sind hier meine Punkte.

    Punkte: 75/100
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  4. Jan 15, 2019
    5
    Vane
    3 and a half hours of frustration
    Vane at a glance looks like a team ico like game, and I’m in love with these types of games… so I was
    Vane
    3 and a half hours of frustration
    Vane at a glance looks like a team ico like game, and I’m in love with these types of games… so I was so excited to play this one.. And unfortunately it’s just a broken feeling frustrating experience...
    Here you play as a bird boy…
    you transform back and forth… you take bird form to gather other birds around the different maps to help you progress through the next section of the game, and you take the form of a boy to run through the different little sections.. Unfortunately none of these sections or levels are fun to explore or play through…
    Both forms are frustrating to play as... the bird form feels awkward and stiff… I felt hardly any control as I’m trying to perch on items to call for my bird friends to help, and as the boy I feel you just move so slow that its just infuriating to run through sections..
    and the frustration here just deepened for me towards the end where the game just started breaking on me…
    I fell through a map and entered an endless death loop.. backed out into the menu and lost an insane amount of progress, but I pushed through… the game wasn’t awful and I wanted to see all it had to offer… so I finally find the solution to the spot I was stuck in, bringing these sections back to life with this orb im pushing around with my other little bird boy friends…
    an then one of them somehow gets stuck up on a ledge, making it impossible for me tpo progress the game, and once again I had to back out.. in hopes that okay I mad a nice chunk of progress, surely the game wont set me all the way back to the beginning of this chapter… and it did.. I wanted to cry..
    the checkpoints are awful for how broken this game feels…
    vane sadly looks far better than it actually is..
    There is a positive of a bunch of silver and gold trophies, but aside from that.. This is a highly skippable title that offers nothing but frustration, from its mechanics to its bugs….
    I give Vane
    a 4.5/10
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  5. Mar 14, 2019
    4
    Vane is a short adventure game, inspired by games like Journey, Inside and Little Nightmares.

    Pros : + Wonderful art direction + Great
    Vane is a short adventure game, inspired by games like Journey, Inside and Little Nightmares.

    Pros :
    + Wonderful art direction
    + Great atmosphere
    + Nice Synthwave musics

    Cons :
    - The worst framerate issues i've ever seen in a videogame...
    - Gameplay is rigid
    - Camera is awful
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  6. Apr 20, 2019
    1
    The game is not intuitive, you spend a lot a lot time to find something. The design graphic is great but funny experience not.
  7. Jan 16, 2019
    0
    Completamente tedioso, não parece um jogo bem estruturado apesar de Indie, e se mostra muito fraco até mesmo para carregar tal nome...

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