Narcosis Game Review

Narcosis Diver Ghost

I know I’ve heard that voice somewhere before? Relatively unknown voice actor Jeff Mattas did such an amazing job narrating Narcosis, I was almost certain he did narration work for Westworld and expected to find an IMDb page chock-full of projects he’d done.

Instead, I couldn’t find much; he appears to have gone somewhat under the radar. All that I can say is: give this man more work. He almost single-handedly made the entire experience of Narcosis worthwhile. Phenomenal voice. You can listen to his voice in the game’s trailer:

The game itself is the debut game from indie developer Honor Code, Inc. It’s a fairly straightforward, walking simulator, survival horror type game, and to be clear, that’s not a criticism because I love walking simulators. The game isn’t at all very scary, with perhaps only a handful of moments that came close, and only then because of my own imagination more so than anything manufactured by its creators, which is okay too.

When I first started, I was a little concerned I wouldn’t enjoy this game, but by the end, with its pretty cool Twilight Zone -esque twist ending, it won me over. That said, I’m not sure I could recommend the game at its current $20 price tag. I feel like $10-$15 would be more fair. And I say that with a heavy heart, acknowledging that its creators no doubt poured countless hours and passion into the project. I definitely want them to make some money and I want to see what they do next, but I still think in this case, for the market, something along the price of a movie ticket would be more appropriate for the amount of joy and playtime you’ll get out of the game.

The game has a few puzzles and moments of intrigue and subtext (looking at you ghost diver), and unlike most walking simulators, you actually do have a weapon (a knife) and can kill underwater life. But, overall, if walking isn’t your speed, then this game isn’t for you. If like me, you actually don’t mind essentially walking through a story with very little interaction or action, it’s worth a look.

Snaps of My Journey Through the Game

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