Available Platforms: None
Price: $16.99 [USD]
Reviewed on: PC
Genre: Indie Horror
Developer: Red Candle Games
Release date: Feb 19, 2019
Devotion is an Indie Horror game by developer Red Candle Games, or at least, it was… The game features an Easter egg that mocked the Chinese president Xi Jinping. I’ll not go into details on the Easter egg or comment on my opinions of the response from the Chinese gaming community, but you can read more about the issue over on The Verge’s page where they discuss it at length and form your own opinion. I love politics in my games! Oh wait, I will talk about it, because censorship pisses me off! The fact that a game was pulled from the shelves because a political joke offended people is absolutely ridiculous, if this were standard practice, the number of games available would be drastically shorter! There are several alone that insult the current president of the United States, but you don’t see them pulled from the (virtual) shelves. It is a real sad state of affairs when a game is pulled because of censorship. This is a very bad omen of what is to come if this type of behavior is allowed to continue. My mind flashes to Fahrenheit 454 or Orwell’s 1984, and this my friends is a slippery slope indeed!
- Great story. Devotion puts the player into the shoes of a man (I assume the husband/father) moving through an abandoned apartment in Taiwan trying to uncover the past.
- Music. The soundtrack for the game fits the action perfectly, everything from the opening to the subtle nuances as the player moves through the game. I jumped out of my chair on more than one occasion due to perfectly placed audio cues and that was a pleasant surprise!
- Atmosphere. The game moves around between different time periods and the surroundings change to reflect that. There is a dark and dingy feel for most of the game, but at other times everything is clean and pristine allowing the player to feel (complacently) safe.
- Cry-babies. The game was pulled from the gaming market because people cried about a meme. Social Justice at it’s finest folks! I won’t dock the game points for this, but the Chinese gaming community get a 5/100 for acting like spoiled children.
Devotion is a sensational game that I really enjoyed. It’s a shame that a group of assholes cried about an image and caused it to get pulled from Steam. Hopefully it will be back some day so that all you lovely people can play it too. I enjoyed the game and I know that if it had insulted my president, I would have laughed it off like every other insult that is lobbed at America these days. It is a shame that a bunch of cry-baby entitled brats can cause a fun and enjoyable game to be denied to the rest of the world. They should be ashamed of themselves. Hey, if they want to come after this article because I hurt their feels, more power to them, but I won’t remove it and I won’t apologize either.
Does this weeks game sound fun to you? Too bad you can’t play it! Sorry folks, I hadn’t realized the controversy over the game and it’s subsequent pulling from steam until after I played it. It really sucks and I do apologize for that.
I Rate this game 100 out of 100
Check out my first impressions video below: