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  • Summary: Agony is a first-person, survival horror set in hell. You will begin your journey as a tormented soul within the depths of hell without any memories about your past. The special ability to control people on your path, and possess demons, gives you the measures to survive.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 13 out of 17
  1. May 29, 2018
    60
    Being a tormented soul which travels between bodies to escape Hell is a great idea. And there are some good design choices made in Agony, but everything falls apart because of its mediocre graphics, poor controls and unpredictable AI.
  2. May 31, 2018
    50
    A depiction of hell that hasn't really been fully realised before, Agony is marred by frustrating stealth sections and some poorly explained mechanics. The horrifying imagery is generally effective and the overall presentation manages to survive some glaring technical issues, but this is very much an acquired taste in every sense of the word.
  3. May 29, 2018
    40
    Agony is, true to its name and intentions, a hellish experience. My excitement for the game was quickly quashed behind bugs, crashes and unbalanced gameplay, failing to live up to the potential of the game’s core ideas and outstanding visual design. I hope that I can travel back to Hell following some substantial patching but, as things stand, Agony is torture in all the wrong ways.
  4. Jun 4, 2018
    40
    Agony represents everything that a horror videogame should never become.
  5. Games Master UK
    Jul 14, 2018
    31
    Frustrating stealth sections, uninspired puzzling, and dull action make Agony gaming hell. [Aug 2018, p.73]
  6. Jun 23, 2018
    30
    Agony clearly deserves its name. The gameplay mechanics are chaotic, at best, the AI is plain dumb, the level-design is muddled, the scenario is boring… Well, there’s nothing to save here.
  7. 20
    From the muddy, jagged visuals to the slow and poorly paced gameplay, Agony would suit as another circle of hell. It’s horrifying, but certainly not in the way it was intended to be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. May 31, 2018
    10
    The game is sensational, outlast style with combat, I loved congratulations to the producers knew that there were only 9 people. Congratulations!
  2. Nov 26, 2018
    10
    This my friends, is true art. What a sensational game. Agony takes the survival and horror genre and masterfully crafts a joyful experienceThis my friends, is true art. What a sensational game. Agony takes the survival and horror genre and masterfully crafts a joyful experience that revolves around torn off body parts, excrements and fire. GOTY. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2018
    9
    Honestly . I really like this game after patch 1.03 yes it buggy, and had poor kick start release but, At this point They realy nailed theHonestly . I really like this game after patch 1.03 yes it buggy, and had poor kick start release but, At this point They realy nailed the hellish environment and reviewers should give it a second chance play thru...i Realy do think its good and will only improve, I think the developers are realy trying to learn and get this right ..I can navigate hell realy well now, once you learn the mechanics its very good Expand
  4. Jun 8, 2018
    6
    Agony
    Not as bad as everyone makes it out to be
    but still annoying Agony is a 12 hour long horror stealth game where you play as a spirit
    Agony
    Not as bad as everyone makes it out to be
    but still annoying
    Agony is a 12 hour long horror stealth game where you play as a spirit trying to get out of hell
    you start inside of a body and youll run into creepy characters as youre running through the beginning area collecting an offer to unlock the gate and move on…
    things are enjoyable and creepy enough at first.. feeling like this is going to be some demonic walking simulator..
    and then demons are introduced.. you’re thrown into a maze to collect 4 skulls and this is when you realize you’re in for a bunch of trial and error stealth frustration…
    This games biggest problem is that it lacks polish..
    though the developers clearly tried to make a good game here.. it doesn’t feel rushed through the entire journey… it feels a bit like an ambitious try from fans of demons and such…..
    naked body parts and blood all over the place
    There are mirrors here which act as your checkpoint.. they have to be found though, they don’t automatically activate… you can punish yourself by making them break when you die 3 times, but I kept that feature off.. I kept it as a respawn point… and every spot in the game except for this beginning maze progress is saved even if you die…
    but no progress being saved here makes this probably the hardest part of the entire game.. its right at the beginning. So if you get past this you’re pretty good to go…
    then the game gets into a lot of finding the right symbol to draw on a wall and break a seal while of course there are enemies around that cant see.. but they feel heat so you have to be carful with torches, and they have insane hearing…
    going through this world is actually enjoyable.. every location feels unique and challenging..
    the objective is mixed up between finding items finding the correct symbol and pure stealth…
    and if youre caught.. youre not out of the game yet.. there are characters crawling all over these levels, and if you interact with them youll pull la bag off of their head.. this allows one of these lucky folks to become your new body.. if you die you have a limited time to get to one of these bodies or be taken all the way back to your last checkpoint… and by limited I mean very limited…
    and towards the middle of the game youll even be able to possess the demons…
    the issue with this game though is its mechanic balancing that stops the game from being as fun as it could be.. that makes this game a frustrating chore..
    There are bugs here where in the maze my character wouldn’t squeeze into a hiding spot.. I got caught on a rock,, the game froze multiple times in the same area not activating a cutscene causing me to lose tons of progress.. but brokenness and bug aside..
    the mechanics feel as though they were made to intentionally infuriate the player..
    you have a stamina meter… which feels pointless because of how fast it runs out..
    you’ve got about 10 seconds of run time.. not nearly enough to run from an enemy that has spotted you.. this means no intense or thrilling chases.. no stories of that time the demon was so close to getting you but you got away.. if youre spotted youre dead.. so its basically here just to help make running through levels a little faster.. but again you get like 10 seconds and it takes another 20 to cool down..
    when you do die, again you have a limited time to find a new body which fine… what isn’t fine is that the game also later ads soul eaters that mean insta death with no warning, no way around them.. they just randomly catch you…
    when youre a demon you have a limited amount of time though your time is increased by eating humans.. problem is there isn’t nearly enough humans for you to continue as a demon for more than a few seconds.. theres rarely even a new body around to possess once time is up
    making this mechanic feel practically useless… if you are a demon and manage to make a great deal of progress you cant interact with collectables or even checkpoint mirrors…
    the mechanics just go against the potential fun of the game making it really hard to enjoy at times..
    though I did ultimately still enjoy this game..
    this by no stretch is a must play game, however I feel like its being unfairly represented as some awful game that it isn’t..
    it has its problems.. but there was heart put into this game
    I give Agony
    a 6.5/10
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  5. May 29, 2018
    5
    After two long years Agony is finally upon us.
    Agony is a decent try but unfortunately fall short.
    The Graphics are medium towards bad,
    After two long years Agony is finally upon us.
    Agony is a decent try but unfortunately fall short.

    The Graphics are medium towards bad, the gameplay is interesting but the lack of in game map presents a dull overall experience.
    The plot is good but since i have not yet finished the game i am in no position to judge that aspect of the game.

    For the current price is certainly worth your time, and believe me the title Agony is spot on for that game. ( Remember me when your character die, see what happens)
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  6. May 31, 2018
    4
    I wanted to love this game. The design work, the atmosphere (at least until it grew tiring), and the creatures were exciting and interesting.I wanted to love this game. The design work, the atmosphere (at least until it grew tiring), and the creatures were exciting and interesting. I approved of the no holds barred approach to Hell.

    However, the game just couldn't hold up to its aesthetics. My copy was buggy and rife with crashes and screen-tearing, and my save file corrupted almost immediately. I'm sure some of this will be patched, but a reminder to developers: YOU DON'T GET A SECOND SHOT AT A FIRST IMPRESSION. The badly-implemented stealth gameplay was pretty aggravating at times. The voice acting was beyond a joke and completely broke immersion in the game.

    Ultimately, Agony kinda fell flat on its face, but I take no pleasure in saying that, as I really feel there was a gem of an idea in there. I hope the poor reception doesn't discourage another developer from tackling an extreme horror game like this one, or this studio learning from its mistakes and trying again.
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  7. Nov 5, 2018
    0
    So I played Agony: Unrated for about 45 minutes… It felt like someone sticks your head in a bucket of liquid poop, and then shoves yourSo I played Agony: Unrated for about 45 minutes… It felt like someone sticks your head in a bucket of liquid poop, and then shoves your lubricated head inside a 260 degrees Celsius oven for ten minutes, while assaulting you from behind! I implore you to somehow get your hands on this utter garbage and play it for a while, so that you know what I’m saying.

    There is no consistency whatsoever. The movement physics is all screwed up, and the environment is like Mike Pompeo’s armpits. I’ve no idea what type of substance the creators of this crap sandwich were on while programming it.

    Mind you, this is the enhanced version of the original Agony title which came out mid-2018. This one allegedly includes “improvements”, some bare chested chick cutscenes and a small number of bug fixes. This game is, without a doubt, THE worst game of 2018, and will go down in history as Battlefield Earth of the gaming world.
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