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Jul 4, 2020, 09:09 AM 2,129 read

Ryan's Always Right: OneShot

OneShot is a unique, fourth-wall-breaking adventure game that features one-of-a-kind puzzling elements. On the surface, OneShot looks like little more than your typical RPG Maker game, but it somehow has transcended its developmental limitations and earned widespread critical acclaim. What makes OneShot so special?

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OneShot takes an extremely unique approach to character design and development. You, the player, are a major character in the game. Your goal is to help Niko, a young lost cat-like girl, save the strange and unfamiliar world that she now finds herself in. This world is dark, somber, and filled with dysfunctional robots who are counting on you and Niko to restore their sun and along with it, their hope. Niko is this world’s messiah, and you are this world’s god.

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To describe this game as one that “breaks the fourth wall” would be underselling it. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I will just say this: not only are you a character in the game, but you must take actions outside of the game in order to progress. OneShot takes place in a world of computers and robots, and those who consider themselves to be severely computer illiterate may find some of the game’s puzzles to be quite difficult or confusing. Fortunately, the game does a good job of offering hints should you need them.

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OneShot’s narrative is very layered and complex. Everybody is looking to somebody else for direction, but who really has the answers? Certainly not us. The way that OneShot draws parallels between you and the game’s characters creates a truly surreal experience. You are acutely aware that you are playing a game, but somehow it feels like so much more. It is very easy to form a sincere attachment to Niko and the others, so much so that life and vitality seem to ooze out of them by the story’s end.

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Unfortunately, the end is not so easy to get to. Much like Undertale, the first playthrough of OneShot only scratches the surface of the complete picture. There are fragments of information, scattered hints and suggestions, but ultimately a lingering sense that something is missing. I feel very similarly with OneShot to how I felt with Undertale: the first playthrough is very good but it’s not nearly as impressive as people make it out to be. In both of these cases, it’s the New Game+ and subsequent playthroughs that transcend them beyond the ordinary.

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I want to make this abundantly clear: the NG+ in OneShot is phenomenal. However, I must admit that there are a few things I disliked about this game and pretty much all of them were within the first playthrough. The game presents itself as one in which each of your actions has a critical impact, but this really is not the case. The dialogue can often get clunky the more you interact with the characters and this become frustrating over time because there’s no way to skip a dialogue once you’ve started it. There were times in which the logic didn’t make sense and, in a way, the game discourages exploration. None of these issues are severe enough to cause any real dissatisfaction, but they do somewhat detract from the otherwise wonderfully immersive story.

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OneShot provides one of the best, most captivating narratives I’ve ever seen in a game. It does an incredibly good job of making you attached to the characters while simultaneously reminding you that this is nothing more than a game. And my goodness what a bizarre, beautiful game it is. I really, really want to give this a perfect score, but the first playthrough admittedly has its flaws and I think that the mechanisms of the puzzles may be off-putting to those who aren't so computer savvy. That said, this game is absolutely worth playing and I would highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys off-the-wall puzzlers or narrative-driven games.   Ryan’s Rating: 4.5/5   OneShot retails for $10 and is only available on PC. It’s currently on sale for $6 on Steam and was also included in the recent Itch Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality.

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  • NameLessツ LV.26 I Love Food Jul 4, 2020, 09:33 AM

    I would probably suck at this game if it has puzzles

  • Ryan verified Admin Jul 4, 2020, 02:30 PM

    The puzzles are some of the most unique, unconventional puzzles I've ever encountered. Even if you don't like puzzle game typically, this one is probably still worth checking out. The game does a pretty good job of giving you hints if you need them (and if anything you can just look up the answers if you need to).

    Where this game really shines is in its narrative. I've played thousands and thousands of games and this story is unlike anything I've experienced before.

  • AlfieJack642 LV.13 Chief Jul 5, 2020, 07:13 PM

    Hi

  • Pluto the Planet LV.6 Titan Jul 21, 2020, 07:44 AM

    Hello There

  • AlfieJack642 LV.13 Chief Jul 6, 2020, 02:38 PM

    Hi

  • TherapeuticAnimeGirl LV.22 Team Rocket Jul 6, 2020, 07:40 AM

    No one asked.

  • Izuku Midoriya(Deku) LV.20 Clearly Hacking Jul 6, 2020, 07:41 AM

    i agree

  • TherapeuticAnimeGirl LV.22 Team Rocket Jul 6, 2020, 07:42 AM

    It was a joke comment but ok.

  • Pluto the Planet LV.6 Titan Jul 21, 2020, 07:45 AM

    I DISAGREE.

  • Pluto the Planet LV.6 Titan Jul 21, 2020, 07:45 AM

    I was gonna ask if I didn't find a post on One-Shot, so like... technically I did (kinda {not really [but still]})

  • Panderr LV.2 Lurker Jul 6, 2020, 10:10 AM

    I love this game 10/10

  • Pluto the Planet LV.6 Titan Jul 21, 2020, 07:46 AM

    The... the.... the MYTHICAL 10/10!!! They said it was a MYTH!

  • Yorpasores Rex LV.30 Rootin Tootin Jul 6, 2020, 07:42 AM

    seems cool

  • Zakk verified Admin Jul 8, 2020, 11:20 PM
  • Pluto the Planet LV.6 Titan Jul 21, 2020, 07:43 AM

    This is one of the best indie games I've played, and the fourth wall breaking *ahem, cough cough* f1l3s *cough cough* ch3ck f1l3s *cough cough cough* are weird and kinda surprised me the first time I played this game, and yes I said "First". If you delete your save the game still remembers and that spooked me the first time I did, same rating. (though more of a 9.3)

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  • Beanboi76 LV.8 Big Chungus Jul 6, 2020, 07:34 AM

    No stop talking

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  • Pluto the Planet LV.6 Titan Jul 21, 2020, 07:46 AM

    You shut up

  • Pluto the Planet LV.6 Titan Jul 21, 2020, 07:46 AM

    Go to promotions

  • bus_stops LV.7 Nomad Jul 6, 2020, 07:46 AM

    no

  • Psn X_DOMMMM LV.19 Bomb Defuser Jul 6, 2020, 07:47 AM

    Castle miner z

  • Justins LV.5 Lurker Jul 6, 2020, 08:16 AM

    Uh oh



    STINKY

  • Pluto the Planet LV.6 Titan Jul 21, 2020, 07:47 AM

    This game... is one of the most... Anti-Stink games out there

  • ₮℟€¥ LV.2 Lurker Jul 6, 2020, 01:54 PM

    l on

  • Hispanic homeboy LV.19 You're a Bot Jul 22, 2020, 08:11 PM

    it sorta has the undertale format

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