Never Alone Review

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Never Alone is a heartbreaking game, but not just because it's a particularly sad one. No, it's because the game's concept is admirable--a platformer steeped in the culture and folklore Native Alaskan Iñupiaq people--but the game itself is shabby. Included in Never Alone are short video vignettes comprising interviews with Iñupiaq elders, and beautiful footage of the real-world locations you visit; from these, it's clear that great respect was paid to Iñupiaq cultural touchstones and their translation into game mechanics. These videos are unlocked as you progress through the game, and do an excellent job of giving a cultural context to the level you are about to play.

Never Alone has a genuine and honest desire for you to learn about these people, their way of life, and their methods of storytelling--and by the end of the game, you walk away with an appreciation for all three, but you resent the journey required to get there.
 
Never Alone Review - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote