Class Reunion - Class of 1969 - Liberty, Mississippi
Title: The Endless Empty
Genre: Adventure, Indie, RPG
Release Date: 3 Nov, 2018
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The Endless Empty [6 out of 10]
The Endless Empty is an atypical RPGmaker RPG in a genre I like to call "wierd RPGs", a genre that it shares with the enigmatic Hylics.
It has a very interesting concept where (minor spoiler) you play as fragments of a suicidal person's psyche traversing the dying mindscape just after having fatally shot himself in the head .
It was cool to see how the characters were fleshed out considering their unique origin. Granted, because the characters are technically (minor spoiler) aspects of human psychology rather than complete personas , most of them come off as rather one dimensional, but the character of (minor spoiler) trigger finger presents a character with a very interesting and wholly human motivation behind the choices he makes and the things he says.
The art style is a bit cliched, but both thematically proper and aesthetically pleasing.
The music is fantastic . Very grunge-funk. It almost hurts to listen to at some times, but you understand that its difficult to listen to in the areas where it is employed because it is trying to impress upon you feelings of anxiety or despair or rage. It has a point, and makes that point quite effectively. There are times where the music loops and I found myself a bit jarred by the tempo shifting slightly, but I still found myself humming the tunes to myself after having turned the game off for the night.
The gameplay is easily the weakest aspect of the game. The RPG framework of the game is very incidental, and you are really only compelled to participate in it because it requires you to be a certain level of strength in order to progress.
There are multiple endings based on a "choices matter" system that is fairly inscrutible, and I would not have known it was there if I didn't stumble across the concept in a guide, but it is pretty easy to ignore (massive spoiler)( especially considering that the ending ulltimately does not diverge in the slightest regardless of the path you choose, but that is in-keeping with the symbolism of the game ).
The game tackles some pretty emotional topics, primarily human strife and death.
Truth be told I would have like to have seen this concept explored with more than the small team that produced The Endless Empty, since it has a lot of potential for enabling artistic expression and interpretation of the elements of (minor spoiler) human psychology and death as a process in an artistic sense. Its potential as a concept was unfortunately limited by its equally limited resources, and, as such, anyone seeking to explore a similar concept in the future will have any success with their interpretations cheapened with accusations of unoriginality, even though I think there are many different ways to tell this story.
The symbolic ending to the story was poignant, but I am unsatisfied by the lack of a conclusion for the character of (major spoiler) Death which was built up as the (minor spoiler) primary antagonist of the entire game. He was by far one of the two most interesting characters, serving a dual role within the story from the perspective of the main character. I found myself wanting more of him as the game ended.
Overall I would give The Endless Empty a 6/10 for having a stunning aesthetic, an interesting story that was not exploited for its potential, and for gameplay that feels more like the price of experiencing the story rather than supplemental material to it.
I would recommend it to anyone who played Hylics and appreciated it for what it was, and is craving something in a similar vein.. This is without a doubt one of the best story-based RPGs I've ever played (And I've played a lot of them). Everything has this unique touch that you just can't find anywhere else, from the story, to the graphics, to the thought provoking dialogue. This game is an experience and I can't recommend it enough.
10/10 won't forget for a long time. I had the privelage of doing a live stream play through with the mastermind behind this game. deep and shallow dark and bright it is no doubt a surreal journey through ones last moments..... or new start. reccomend this game for price vs content and the story it tells will definately stay with you.. This is a game that shows you even in death, you're not alone. Death looks absolutely terrifying, and it seems as though it always gets to you no matter what. What you must do is accept it, as if you're swallowing the largest pill you could ever swallow. Death isn't a gun or a void, it is a door.. This is a game that shows you even in death, you're not alone. Death looks absolutely terrifying, and it seems as though it always gets to you no matter what. What you must do is accept it, as if you're swallowing the largest pill you could ever swallow. Death isn't a gun or a void, it is a door.. This is a game that shows you even in death, you're not alone. Death looks absolutely terrifying, and it seems as though it always gets to you no matter what. What you must do is accept it, as if you're swallowing the largest pill you could ever swallow. Death isn't a gun or a void, it is a door.. This is a game that shows you even in death, you're not alone. Death looks absolutely terrifying, and it seems as though it always gets to you no matter what. What you must do is accept it, as if you're swallowing the largest pill you could ever swallow. Death isn't a gun or a void, it is a door.. Fantastic game, deeply emotional story I really connected with and a lovely soundtrack. You guys want to try some "The Endless Empty"? You're gonna get so blasted your minds will blow chunks into the Milky Way. And what better way to celebrate a GREAT game than with a good old fashioned Milky Way chunk blow, hmmm?
As of right now the price/download button is missing for many new games being released on Steam. Sadly this game has been hit with this issue. I have contacted Steam Support as well as other developers experiencing this issue. Hopefully I can get it resolved soon.
In the meantime The Endless Empty is also available on itch.io
https://l-a-u-g-h.itch.io/the-endless-empty. Bonus Charity Drive with 1 of 1 gaming/Surreal RPG Collection:
All sales of the Endless Empty are being donated to the Trevor Project. To multiply the amount of money raised, Over the next week (12/19 to 12/26) Lord Envy and Thee Fallen1 from 1 of 1 gaming will be matching any sales of The Endless Empty with their own direct donations to Trevor Project. Act soon to amplify your donations!
More great news The Endless Empty has been added to a recent bundle with the game Nepenthe, a unique, creative, hand-drawn RPG.
The Endless Empty and Nepenthe are included in the Surreal RPG Collection.
. Charity Event Results 12/19 - 12/26:
During the week of 12/19 to 12/26 we held a special charity drive to multiply the donations made by purchasing The Endless Empty. All sales of the game were met in price by Lord of Envy and Thee Fallen1 from 1 of 1 gaming, as well as a third mysterious supporter (my dad).
We had $122 worth of sales during the week, adding up to a bonus donation of $366 to the Trevor Project! Big thank you to everyone who bought the game during the event and an extra special thank you to Lord of Envy and Thee Fallen1.
Check out their channels here
Lord Envy: https://mixer.com/LordofEnvy
Thee Fallen1: https://www.twitch.tv/thee_fallen1
Also if you missed the live stream/interview/hang out I did with 1 of 1 gaming you can check the videos out here
Part 1: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/351546474
Part 2: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/354750304
. Now available!:
The Endless Empty is now available for purchase. Thank you for being patient as we worked through the store page issues.
The Steam version of this game includes new achievements to unlock.
Do you like the soundtrack to the game, check it out on bandcamp: https://sugarysweetmachines.bandcamp.com/album/the-endless-empty-ost
Or stream it on spotify or apple music.
If have any questions or concerns contact me on twitter https://twitter.com/ErikSheader or The Endless Empty community board.
I opened a zazzle storefront now for The Endless Empty merch. Lots of designs I did to look at including shirts, posters, stickers and pins.
The royalty funds I get from the designs will go to Trevor Project.
. 1 of 1 gaming stream tomorrow!:
Tomorrow (12/19) I will be participating in a play through of The Endless Empty with my good friends over at 1 of 1 gaming. The show will start around 6pm (pst). I will be in the voice chat to answers any questions so come say hello! I will be trying to provide a behind the scenes look at how and why this game was made. It should be a party
Here is the twitch channel to watch: https://www.twitch.tv/thee_fallen1
. Upcoming Charity Stream:
The Endless Empty will be apart of an upcoming charity stream on Extra Life. The Stream will last from 12am Nov 10th to 12am Nov 11th.