This is such an awesome review for a game that I'd waited too long to play. Games journalism needs way more of this than we seem to be getting lately, and it's refreshing being able to read an essay with purpose about a game that *means* something.
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This is one of my absolute favorite games of all time. I've played through twice in a row and it's just given me something special in terms of creative experiences.
The portrayals of religion and gender and social conduct are fascinating. The subtle worldbuilding is fantastic. The oppressive economy is immersive. The passive puzzle-solving necessary to survive on a daily basis is fresh. The visual style is so warm and vivid and fun. And I still get the festival music stuck in my head.