If you have never heard of Westworld, then like me, you probably don’t have HBO. After playing the game for a while, I have been tempted to sign up. You play as Kate Wesson, and the first time I stepped in, despite some narrative hints, I didn’t realize I was actually an animatronic robot in a futuristic theme park for the wealthy people who pay big bucks to fulfill their darkest fantasies. Interesting plot…check.
The first chapter of the game is mostly narrative. Although you have to perform tasks to move the story forward, there isn’t much in the way of game play. Still, the environment is gorgeous and there are plenty of scares. About halfway through chapter two the game takes on a stealth element, and you have to hide from your pursuer while solving simple puzzles to move the story forward. Unfortunately, the controls can be clunky at times, which is a little frustrating when you are already freaking out because a psychopath is on your trail.
That said, Westworld Awakening does a great job of creating a tense atmosphere, especially for jumpy people like yours truly. I was literally shaking in my boots most of the time I played. If you are looking for a thrill and a good story line, then this could be your game.