Eliza Review

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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Eliza is an interactive narrative where you play Evelyn, a young woman burnt out from the pressures of a high-tech job. She now works for a virtual counselling service called Eliza, that guides counsellors to provide the ideal response to patients.

As you play, you decide whether to stick to the script provided by the Eliza system or to offer your own responses. These choices don't hugely affect the progression of the narrative although there are different endings. The ending themselves are powerful and challenge the player to adjust assumptions about different characters. A nice touch is being able to go back at the end of the game and make different choices.

Running through the game are well written and deeply developed characters, each of who need counselling and therapy support. Alongside this are moral questions about the efficacy of the Eliza technological recording and monitoring these deepest thoughts and potentially replacing human therapists.

As this plays out, our character Evelyn reconnects with people from her past and gets to know the ordinary people of Seattle. "As she begins to question everything about her past life and future purpose in the world, it becomes clear she must confront the turmoil and darkness inside."

This is one of a series of games by a developer called Zachtronics. He makes these games free for use in schools and education.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 10/10/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Narrative and Role-Playing

 

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Language.

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Sexual Themes, Strong Language.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators... read more about system accessibility settings.


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