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Postcards from Yaughton – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is beautiful

A video tour of Yaughton from Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

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Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

A video tour of Yaughton from Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is the finest walk ’em up since The Chinese Room’s own Dear Esther. Its intriguing story, melancholic tone and emotional beats make it an affecting experience. And one to savour.

Those who have criticised the lack of a sprint button are missing the point. This is a game to take your time with. It’s not about seeing everything as quickly as possible, it’s about using the game’s slow pace to soak up the atmosphere, to think and consider.

Yaughton is a place captured in time, a world that seems long-gone despite the game’s 1984 setting. It’s particularly resonant if you are a British resident of a certain age, a nostalgic postcard from the past.

The village and its surrounds are sumptuously constructed, with detailed attention paid to everything from the period design of street furniture to the slowly developing ambient sounds that change with the time of day.

We enjoyed our visit to Yaughton so much we created a short – spoiler free – video tour.


Order Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture from the PlayStation Store now.

You can also purchase Jessica Curry’s beautiful Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture soundtrack from Amazon.

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