As people who’ve been following the site for quite some time should be well aware, if there’s an oddball game out there to play I’m generally down for it. With just the basic pitch in Embr being a sort of virtual firefighter game it would already grab peoples’ attention, but thankfully it goes the extra mile to make things more interesting. First, throw in some unexpected wackiness in the controls and equipment, then open it up for local multiplayer confusion and competition, then add in alternative escape or heist-like missions into the mix, and there’s a lot more to meat on the game’s bones than you may expect. That said, its off-center nature may be fun but it can also be frustrating, and it’s possible that the honeymoon period where the wackiness keeps things fun and exciting may not sustain itself for long. If you’re a fan of weirdness, learning tricks as you go, perhaps playing with some friends, and keeping things loose this can be a great time, but if you’re into more traditional experiences results are more likely to vary.
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