Sci-fi stories about an A.I. gone rogue aren’t very new in this day and age, especially with computing power growing ever stronger. However, this game adds a gameplay as well as narrative twist to proceedings, as one plays the artificial A.I. called S.A.M. that helps discovering what happened to Dr. Emma Fisher, her crew, and the space station they worked on.
Assisting Emma by using the station’s control system, cameras, and tools slowly unravels the mystery of what is happening, which seems to become more and more dramatic the further systems shut down and the life of Fisher depends on the player’s actions. Being part adventure with puzzles and part exploration game with roaming the abandoned station results in existential horror without falling back on aliens or monsters. Even if the camera gameplay technique was done years before with the overlooked EXperience112 and classic sci-fi survival themes have already been tackled with games like Deliver Us the Moon, this looks like another example of how far games have come in terms of immersion.
The game is out now on PC after having received a release on PS4 in May 2019. The PC version currently has a 50% discount that lasts until May 28, 2020, at 4 PM UTC.