KEN­TUCKY ROUTE ZERO

PC GAMER (US) - - COVER FEATURE -

RE­LEASED 2013 LAST PO­SI­TION 100

Joe: The fact that Ken­tucky Route Zero has only launched four of its five chap­ters speaks vol­umes for its plac­ing on this list. Here’s a game that’s yet to be fin­ished, but rubs shoul­ders with the best PC gam­ing has to of­fer. Along­side its cast of idio­syn­cratic char­ac­ters, it weaves themes of self-re­flec­tion, dis­cov­ery, and the su­per­nat­u­ral into its world. Re­lat­able vignettes and play­ful metaphors stand be­fore a stylish art style. Whereas a sense of dread un­der­pins Acts1 through 3, KRZ’s penul­ti­mate en­try es­chews its wider pic­ture to fo­cus on the minu­tiae of each sce­nario—and its Twain-es­que jaunt down the river hones in on the im­per­fec­tions of your dys­func­tional crew. The as-yet unan­nounced Act5 will mark the end of the road for Ken­tucky Route Zero, yet what’s come be­fore it is noth­ing short of won­der­ful.

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