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"to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B.K. conjuring memories that gradually brick together an elliptical sci-fi-tinged yarn employing sharp-eared dialogue and promising buildup Imagine the audio diary portions of BioShock except here they’re the pièce de résistance a trickle of tales that meld the terrifyingly inexorable with the inexorably personal The end of the world isn’t really about the end of the world but how given time enough to brood we’ll go about reacting to it But is Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture artful enough in its telling The title alone seems to be telegraphing that it’s more than a mere sci-fi potboiler what with its reference to apex eschatology But is that reference symbolic Ironic Literal I’ve finished the thing and I still couldn’t tell you I can tell you the world wrought here looks as beautiful as a this-gen console game should a sometimes linear sometimes open swathe of blissful countryside you stroll freely through espying mist-capped valleys punctuated by bus stops phone booths smoking ashtray-filled pubs vast barns spooky-looking domed towers unpeopled flats golden pastures choked with gently swaying strands of wheat and towering windmills The weird stuff tends to happen as you amble along and trip (or interact with) trigger points The Chinese Room / Sony In Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture that weird stuff mostly involves light that looks a little like the special effects circling Persis Khambatta and Stephen Collins near the end of Star Trek: The Motion Picture Balls of apparently sentient effulgence prowl intersections like terrestrial comets Approach one and you’ll hear a susurrus of voices like the doleful whispers in Lost Are these the ghosts of the town’s unaccounted inhabitants Often they’ll lead you to static spheres of energy Twist the gamepad sideways (I’m not sure what this signifies it just moves the sphere) and you’ll conjure a spectral memory the sky blackening to starlight as a cyclonic stream of photons reenacts the scene the actors physically unknowable save for their voices which ring loud and clear as they recall a moment leading up to the “event” that culminated in their disappearance At first I assumed I was Kate the first voice you hear as the game opens a scientist with the laboratory partly responsible for the bit of scientific adventuring that gets the ball rolling I gradually began to wonder whether I might be nobody a bodiless phantom gliding from one slow-drip revelation to the next poring over paranoid bus stop graffiti the mishmash of artifacts in houses bloody kleenexes naturalist books on birds old Commodore 64-style computers black and white TVs sky charts stippled with constellations and “You are here” maps of the area as I worked out mostly by following the beckoning balls of light where to wander next Who you are may be a question the developers never answer A disembodied witness The actuating medium through which the roving souls of the transformed tell their tale To what end Perhaps simply this: to convey a straightforward story slightly out of sequence with firmer visual parameters the world and peoples our imaginations might conjure reading a book fully reified and continuously inhabitable heremental flexibility versus imagistic holism The Chinese Room / Sony That said the navigational aids can be mercurial to a fault and it’s easy to get lost once the areas open up Couple with an inchworm’s gait and if you mistakenly backtrack or veer off somewhere the little balls of light aren’t tracking it can take more than a while to find your way back Mountains of patience and an appreciation for romanticized English scenery are mandatory to seeing the four or five hours it takes to complete Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture through What worked least well for me I hate to admit given my affection for Dear Esther was the story Not because it was unclear or poorly told but because I’d argue it was handled with far more nuance and emotional resonance just last year in writer Jeff Vandermeer’s superlative Southern Reach trilogy The twists and interpersonal tragedies and vaguely philosophical takeaways that should have been knocking my socks off here thus played more like the echoes of Vandermeer’s more affecting and weirdly analogous ones The things I like about Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture are many: the self-paced discovery and chronological asymmetry the significance of entangling yourself in a visually “complete” environment the poignance of a well-crafted well-delivered character exchange I’m just not sure how often I’d want to repeat the experience It feels more like a playful experiment (there’s the “game”) than a breakthrough approach to storytelling though I admire the attempt and the skill with which the tale told in fragments unfolds 3 out of 5 Reviewed on PlayStation 4 See The 15 Best Video Game Graphics of 2014 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Activision’s futuristic first-person shooter in which players take on a rogue private military company uses a brand new engine built specifically for PCs and new-gen consoles to handle its cutting-edge lighting animation and physics Sledgehammer Games/Activision Far Cry 4 This pulled back shot of fictional Himalayan region Kyrat is in-game believe it or not rendered with an overhauled version of the engine Ubisoft used to design Far Cry 3 Ubisoft The Last of Us: Remastered Naughty Dog’s meditation on the worst (and best) of humanity is built on technology that reaches back through the studio’s pulp-adventure Uncharted series The graphics are so impressive TIME recently assigned a conflict photographer to photograph inside the game Ashley Gilbertson for TIME Alien: Isolation Built from scratch the Alien: Isolation engine’s outstanding deep space visuals all but replicate the set design of Alien film concept artists HR Giger and Ron Cobb’s work The Creative Assembly Assassin’s Creed Unity Ubisoft says it "basically remade the whole rendering engine" in its AnvilNext design tool to handle the studio’s meticulous recreation of Paris during the French Revolution Ubisoft Child of Light Inspired by filmmakers like Hayao Miyazaki and artist Yoshitaka Amano Child of Light’s hand-drawn artwork puts the lie to presumptions that graphical richness depends on shader support or polygon counts Ubisoft Destiny Built from scratch by ex-Halo studio Bungie Destiny’s game engine was designed to scale across the next decade says the studio Bungie Mario Kart 8 Nintendo’s kart-racer for Wii U reminds us that raw horsepower is just a facet of crafting a beautiful game world Nintendo Infamous Second Son Sucker Punch’s freeform Seattle-based superhero adventure models all sorts of minutia from the intricate wrinkling of an aged character’s face to the way eyelids stick slightly before separating when characters blink Sucker Punch Productions Monument Valley Escher-like at first glance Ustwo’s mind-bending puzzler was also inspired by posters bonsai plants arabic calligraphy and filmmaker Tarsem Singh’s The Fall Ustwo Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar’s remastered crime spree opus was crafted from an in-house engine first employed in a game that simulated table tennis Rockstar Titanfall Respawn Entertainment Forza Horizon 2 Turn 10’s Euro-racer actually models light refracted through drops of moisture the render tech plausibly simulating something as intangible but essential as the earth’s atmosphere Microsoft Studios/Turn 10 Studios 80 Days Inkle’s anti-colonialist vamp on Jules Verne’s famous novel uses crisp art deco imagery inspired by travel posters to unfurl 80 Days’ tale of intrepid globetrotters Monsieur Fogg and his valet Passepartout Inkle Tomb Raider Crystal Dynamics’ radical reboot of its popular series about an athletic archaeologist uses a modified version of the engine that powered Tomb Raider: Legend in 2006 Square Enix 1 of 15 Advertisement Write to Matt Peckham at [email protected] the sting of failure may not sound enjoyable but new research shows it’s the best way to learn from mistakes A study in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making found that people who ruminated on their emotions about failure were likely to try harder to correct their mistakes than those who made excuses or didn’t let their failures bring them down This notion of feeling the pain in order to progress may be counterintuitive to those who believe in shaking off failures But it’s actually motivating to learn how bad it feels to fail according to study co-author Selin Malkoc a marketing professor at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business “All the advice tells you not to dwell on your mistakes to not feel bad” Malkoc said according to a press release “But we found the opposite When faced with a failure it is better to focus on one’s emotions when people concentrate on how bad they feel and how they don’t want to experience these feelings again they are more likely to try harder the next time” Malkoc and two other researchers created three slightly varied study scenarios with nearly 100 people each to determine whether thinking about emotions of failure would change the response to new challenges In one scenario 98 people were asked to find the lowest price online for a blender with specific characteristics and were told they’d get a prize if they succeeded The participants were then divided into two groups One group was told to imagine failing and focus on their emotional response and the other group was told to simply think about the details of their failure if they did not win Afterward all participants were told that they had failed the actual lowest price was $327 less than whatever they submitted When both groups were given a similar task again the group that thought about their emotional response spent nearly 25% more time searching for the lowest price compared to the other group The researchers also found that trying harder in the next task after thinking about 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