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  • Summary: The VR debut from director Hidetaka Miyazaki and FromSoftware. Déraciné is a story adventure game from Sony Interactive Entertainment, SIE Japan Studio, FromSoftware and Hidetaka Miyazaki, known for their collaboration on Bloodborne. Taking the role as an unseen faerie in a secluded boardingThe VR debut from director Hidetaka Miyazaki and FromSoftware. Déraciné is a story adventure game from Sony Interactive Entertainment, SIE Japan Studio, FromSoftware and Hidetaka Miyazaki, known for their collaboration on Bloodborne. Taking the role as an unseen faerie in a secluded boarding school, the player moves around in frozen time, collecting various bits of information that serve to unfold an overarching mystery. The story is a new take on classic adventure games and utilizes PS VR’s technology to take gamers on an entirely unique and personal experience. Expand

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Deracine - Official Announcement Trailer | E3 2018
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
  1. Nov 6, 2018
    97
    Déraciné has a fantastic atmosphere and wonderful storytelling. It utilizes VR and PlayStation Move to create a type of interaction not seen in other games. The innocence characters show to the player add a warm and friendly feeling to what is already a fascinating adventure game.
  2. Nov 5, 2018
    80
    Deracine’s initially dulcet tone certainly won’t be for everyone but scratch below the surface and you’ll discover a VR adventure that heads in some fascinating new directions. It’s a bizarre beast, placing the ambiguity From Software is known for in the front and center but, despite its often ham-fisted dialogue, it finds genuinely powerful moments of connection as it weaves a memorable yarn.
  3. Nov 13, 2018
    80
    Deracine is one of the better experiences on the PSVR with a compelling story and some interesting gameplay. It feels like a complete experience from start to finish and has an interesting world that begs to be explored further.
  4. Nov 6, 2018
    70
    A fascinating narrative VR adventure partially ruined by too linear gameplay and poorly conceived puzzles.
  5. Nov 14, 2018
    70
    Miyazaki also describes his latest work as “a quiet game for VR”, and again it’s an appropriate view. There are none of the scares or action you’d find in a Souls game. Instead it’s a game about sedate exploration and creeping chills. Not all of the experiments or ideas pay off, but the ones that do make for an absorbing ghost story with just the right amount of weirdness for fans of the creator. Despite being marred by clunky controls this is one of the best games available for PSVR owners.
  6. Nov 15, 2018
    65
    Unequally interesting from quest to quest, Déraciné takes its time and thus creates a lovable atmospher, in which VR is not a gadget. But the simplistic puzzles and lack of choices makes it a nice but forgettable experience.
  7. Nov 19, 2018
    30
    Déraciné is one of the finest examples yet of someone setting out to create a VR game before actually finding out what's fun or interesting to do when you have a headset on your head and motion tracked controllers in your hands. Although comfortable to play and decent looking, the game is designed in a way that perfectly deprives the player of any agency, leaving it as little more than a point and click simulator where you watch a woefully scattered story about characters you have no reason to care about. If nothing else, Déraciné offers up several concrete examples of how not to design a VR game.

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  1. Dec 14, 2018
    10
    Deracine is story narrative exploration adventure. Investigate house, found clues, search for secrets, solve puzzles. if you like What RemainsDeracine is story narrative exploration adventure. Investigate house, found clues, search for secrets, solve puzzles. if you like What Remains of Edith Finch, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, then you might like this game as well. Expand
  2. Jan 16, 2019
    10
    As a huge fan of Hidetaka Miyazaki, in my opinion one of the greatest revelations among game designers and directors in recent gaming, IAs a huge fan of Hidetaka Miyazaki, in my opinion one of the greatest revelations among game designers and directors in recent gaming, I bought a PSVR exclusively for playing Deraciné, knowing that despite the reviews I would find something to enjoy in this game. What I found, however, was one of my favorite interactive experiences, a simple but deeply personal story about the value of time. There is no problem with simple mechanics like those found in point and click or visual novel games, only a critical scenario that is obsessively blinded by its belief that there is a canonical evolution of game mechanics and graphics that sees games with minor focus on player skills as less valuable and hinders entire genres like JRPGs as obsolete. I am very gratified for trusting in Miyazaki to create distinct experiences instead of doing what others believe he is good at. Especially considering we are talking about a director that is known for creating some of the hardest action games that greatly impacted our industry. I am looking forward to being positively surprised once again in Sekiro. Expand
  3. Jan 13, 2019
    9
    It's great. No question about it. It's short (only half a game, as Miyazaki describes it), but in that space is Miyazaki's trademark worldIt's great. No question about it. It's short (only half a game, as Miyazaki describes it), but in that space is Miyazaki's trademark world building and masterful atmosphere. Uncovering the mysteries around the academy and what the world is like beyond its walls is incredible. Miyazaki has a firm grasp on your emotions' balls and actually makes you care about what happens to this school of creepy, naive children. This game is a must for anyone willing to cough up the dough for everything required to play it. Would I actually recommend buying all the required utilities to actually play this game? Probably not, but it's 100% worth checking out. At the very least, watch a play through without commentary if you can't experience it for yourself. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2018
    9
    Déraciné is a delicately told melancholy short where you play a faerie in a small boarding school. A gentle narrative, which has charactersDéraciné is a delicately told melancholy short where you play a faerie in a small boarding school. A gentle narrative, which has characters with fully animated faces (abnormal for From Software), that will move you to solve it's tender story-teller's puzzles as you attempt to right the wrongs of their past. The string duo soundtrack perfectly conveys the character's woeful innocence as the sullen melodies chase each other down the hallowed halls of this unforgettable school. It's end will likely leave you with a heavy heart and throughout it's unfolding, your head will be spinning with how characters, settings, and details from this faerie tale might possibly connect to other FS titles... Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2019
    8
    This game is an adventure game - something very different for From Soft. It is a really well developed adventure game that uses interestingThis game is an adventure game - something very different for From Soft. It is a really well developed adventure game that uses interesting controls and weaves a very melancholy story. In order to get the most out of the story you must be willing to explore and experiment. It will be very disappointing if you try to rush this game. It has a slow, contemplative pace but weaves a very interesting fantasy tale of faeries in an English manor. The visuals are wonderful and the story is as engaging and as deep as you are willing to explore.

    For those who are considering getting Deracine based on the experience with Dark Souls, etc. (which I love dearly) need to understand that Deracine has no combat - it is a purely narrative and exploration experience.
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