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  • Summary: Seize control of your destiny in a grim dystopian world over which the State has absolute authority. Privacy is dead in this forbidding new age but you still have to make a living. As the manager of a government-run apartment building, you must keep your residents comfortable and well-fedSeize control of your destiny in a grim dystopian world over which the State has absolute authority. Privacy is dead in this forbidding new age but you still have to make a living. As the manager of a government-run apartment building, you must keep your residents comfortable and well-fed while fulfilling the directives of your superiors, who insist on knowing everything that's going on between your dilapidated walls. Expand
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  1. Jan 30, 2018
    80
    With new challenges arriving each in-game day, plenty of characters, tough choices and the perfect dark and grubby environment to match the general moral breaking tone of the game, Beholder: Complete Edition provides a rather unique experience and is certainly one that’s worthy of your time and attention.
  2. Jan 21, 2018
    77
    A dark and despotic management adventure, where errors often have undesired consequences we have to live with. Controls can be unintuitive and imprecise sometimes, and this brings on some frustration. Overall, though, it's a very interesting game for lovers of managerial titles.
  3. Jan 28, 2018
    77
    A good game that will make us think about our way of acting. A very good point and click for the Xbox catalog.
  4. Jan 19, 2018
    74
    While the first hour is as im- as depressive (at times), the limitations of the mechanics slowly take over. The moral implications of each decision you make (or have to make) are clearly there and always impactful - up to the very end. But since it is always black or white with no grey areas whatsoever, the concept is reduced to trial and error.
  5. Jan 30, 2018
    74
    Beholder: Complete Edition is a wonderfully morally corrupt package that makes you feel stress, pity, loathing, and desperate to survive.
  6. Jan 17, 2018
    70
    A unique and thought-provoking package that should pique the interest of any gamer that isn't averse to a bit of strategy. It may not stand up so well to many repeated playthroughs, despite it having multiple endings aplenty, but while it lasts it'll have you on tenterhooks as you go about your duplicitous operations.
  7. May 3, 2018
    70
    It seems some additional work has gone into the translations and the game is better for it. Between those improvements and two intriguing plots worth following, this is certainly the definitive version of Beholder.

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  1. Jan 19, 2018
    7
    I’ve heard good and bad things about Beholder in recent months and I can understand why now. This game is definitely a mixed bag and it doesI’ve heard good and bad things about Beholder in recent months and I can understand why now. This game is definitely a mixed bag and it does have its fair share of problems, but on the whole it does get more things right and at times it can be a pretty decent management sim. The gameplay has plenty of things going for it and at times spying and investigating on tenants can be pretty fun. I would however have liked a little more variety when it came to the missions because doing the same type of mission does makes things become tedious quite quickly. The game doesn’t lack in variety in all areas though and that’s especially the case when it comes to the choices you can make in the game. With each choice comes a different consequence and this amount of freedom means you can be what you want to be, which is great. I would however have liked these choices to make more of an impact on character development because some of the characters in the game are pretty boring and nothing really spices them up, which is a shame. The story on the whole though is actually pretty good and each playthrough you take part in is completely different so there is definitely some replay value present in the game. I will say though that the game can be pretty difficult at times and it will provide you with some frustration because one mistake can result in it being game over no matter how many hours you’ve sunk in. The presentation side of the game definitely has a lot of charm going for it, especially when it comes to the unique and dark visuals. The sound design has also been done very well because they make things simple yet effective at the same time. At the end of the day I am actually a fan of management sim game’s and Beholder: Complete Edition is a good addition to the genre, but it’s far from perfect. The niggling problems can affect your enjoyment levels somewhat at times and this stops the game from being put into the higher tier of the management sim genre, but fans of the genre will still get quite a bit of enjoyment out of the game. The story and setting will be enough to look past the niggling problems and in the end it does just enough to get a thumbs up from me. Expand