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  • Summary: It's 1987 in North West England; A time of 80's British pop, grand architecture and political unrest. An explosion has triggered a controversial act which threatens to erode civil liberties of the population to be rushed into place. You are tasked with investigating and questioning people onIt's 1987 in North West England; A time of 80's British pop, grand architecture and political unrest. An explosion has triggered a controversial act which threatens to erode civil liberties of the population to be rushed into place. You are tasked with investigating and questioning people on their actions from a tumultuous night which resulted in the loss of many lives. Each person has a different account of the night's event and you must use the tools at your disposal to get the results you need for your investigation.

    Will you take the most direct route at the risk of getting caught, or plan your approach carefully whilst precious time ticks by? Events happen in real-time and you must make decisions based on the evidence. You are the reporter. You decide the narrative.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 11, 2019
    85
    The Occupation is a great experience that will have you breaking a sweat as you attempt to use every last second you have to discover the truth about the Turing Incident.
  2. Mar 4, 2019
    85
    There’s a lot to love with The Occupation. It’s got humanity, tension, and plenty of little touches that make finding that extra bit of information exciting without the usual violence you’ve come to expect from stealth games. However, its focus on no manual saving and real-time gameplay will be a dealbreaker. It’s not for everyone, but anyone craving consequence and narrative in their stealth game will find a challenge worth facing.
  3. Mar 11, 2019
    80
    The Occupation is a remarkable vintage mystery with a high degree of player freedom, flexible story and moments of real thrill. The narrative will suck you in, the peculiar stealth system and 80s atmosphere will keep you there.
  4. Mar 4, 2019
    70
    The Occupation is a game of intriguing ideas and sublime atmosphere; the tension of its real-time thrills gives way to a romance with journalistic sleuthing.
  5. Mar 10, 2019
    68
    With eight more months of development, The Occupation could have been the indie breakout hit suggested by glimpses of its brilliant bones throughout the experience.Technical issues and a punishing save mechanic take the joy of experimentation and exploration away from a game that could have been so much more.
  6. Mar 4, 2019
    67
    An occasionally brilliant immersive sim blighted by bugs and a restrictive save system.
  7. Mar 4, 2019
    50
    The Occupation tries to present itself as a political thriller emphasizing stealth. Sadly, it has neither the thrills nor the mechanics to manage either.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 6, 2019
    9
    The game may have a few bugs and glitches, but for me that doesn't take away from the rest, which is excellent. The story is interesting, theThe game may have a few bugs and glitches, but for me that doesn't take away from the rest, which is excellent. The story is interesting, the time-thing is tense and the atmosphere very strong. I'm having a lot of fun playing this and recommend it to anyone who likes games/movies/shows about investigating! Expand
  2. Mar 14, 2019
    8
    An abitious game that is receiving more negativity that it deserves. It defies modern conventions with its "pressed for time" style ofAn abitious game that is receiving more negativity that it deserves. It defies modern conventions with its "pressed for time" style of gameplay where you do not have the luxury of gently plodding your way through the game. This is not a bug, It is a feature. This gives the game so much more replayability than other adventure type narrative games that become mostly useless once all the secrets have been revealed.

    Though it could have used a bit more polish before being released to smooth out minor nags and bugs.

    Otherwise a genuinely compelling story arc that you would genuinely want to revisit every so often like a good book. Instead of "collect all the things" type of gameplay that gamers have come to expect.

    High points for its ambition. Slightly above average on execution. Losing points on minor issues that overall do not harm the sum of its parts. Definitely one of 2019s best game stories.
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  3. Mar 5, 2019
    5
    This game is fine, it seems hard to find the "porte-document" and sometimes it's difficult to interact with objects