Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
- Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
- Developer: Warm Lamp Games
- Release Date: Jan 19, 2018
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Adventure, Strategy
- Players: 1
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Assuming you are brand new to Beholder, let us begin by describing Beholder Complete Edition. You get two stories in Beholder Complete Edition, one being the main campaign where you play as Carl and a DLC—which is recommended to be played after beating Carl’s tale—called Beholder: Blissful Sleep which acts a prequel of sorts. However, both games function relatively the same. The main idea behind Beholder Complete Edition is to make decisions that keep your apartment complex running smoothly to avoid the State unleashing punishment on your black silhouetted main characters. Beholder Complete Edition totes itself as a game where every choice matters, and this is very true indeed. Though the main question on your mind most likely is how do choices work in Beholder Complete Edition and what is the actual gameplay like?
In Beholder Complete Edition, you’re tasked with following the State’s tough and ever-changing laws by making sure your tenants are obeying every regulation in place. You will watch each apartment from a zoomed-out perspective, find yourself breaking and entering to set up cameras and or search the premise and then write reports to let the State know of your findings. This, in turn, provides you not only money to help keep everything running smoothly in both the apartment complex and your own family’s domain, but also keeps the State from dragging you out and claiming you’re a failure. This is where Beholder Complete Edition shines brightest. You are given freedom to use clever ways to circumvent the State’s ever watchful eye.
Not only could you take bribes from tenants to keep their dark secrets to themselves, but you can also talk to these tenants and learn why they do things and maybe just ignore their wrongdoings. One of the hardest elements to Beholder Complete Edition is making the decision and wondering whether it was the right one. Sure, you may have removed a tenant that seemed against the State, but maybe they were treated so poorly by the State that they decided to begin a revolution and could have been the ones to change the current world. Maybe a family is dealing with massive issues and their illegal actions are actually efforts to help them with crippling debt. Beholder Complete Edition makes you truly feel these characters and their lives and judges you based on your action against the tenants which in turn leads to several endings based on your actions in game.
Graphically, Beholder Complete Edition might look overly simple with it’s black silhouette art style but trained gamers will see there’s a lot of detail outside of the characters. Each apartment has a design to it that mirrors the tenants within and that makes this bleak looking title actually look quite good. The same can be said of the eerie narration and music which keeps you feeling the world of Beholder Complete Edition and truly immersed in it. That’s why we actually love the art and music in Beholder Complete Edition, despite the simplistic nature. Now, with all the positives being said about Beholder Complete Edition, let us discuss some of the issues we had with it.
Beholder Complete Edition isn’t a tough game by design per-say, and even has an in-game reference guide via the phone in your apartment room, but even with that, it will still require a bit of effort to learn what you can and can’t do in it. We had to restart Beholder Complete Edition several times because we made one financial mistake and found it causing quick game overs—which is technically an ending of sorts—but as time passed, we began to understand how to make wise decisions with money and how to avoid certain problems from arising. Aside from the tough learning curve—and we mean tough even on the trainee difficulty—Beholder Complete Edition can, at times, be a bit tedious. While talking to tenants and exploring rooms is fun, after hours of gameplay, the process can become a bit repetitive. Only when story moments arise did we find ourselves here at Honey’s Anime back in full alert. Does that mean Beholder Complete Edition is a boring game? No, not at all, but it does mean that at times be prepared to have slower moments that luckily can be sped up with a click of the button.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Dark and intriguing story with multiple endings
- Unique simulation gameplay with multiple ways to play
- Intriguing simple art that truly gives the story a dark feeling
- Impressive background music and narration
- Two stories to enjoy thanks to the Blissful Sleep DLC
- Can be quite confusing and tough to figure out at first
- Sometimes can be rather tedious
Honey's Final Verdict: