Hypnospace Outlaw gamifies the structure and horrific custom pages of GeoCities. If you've any nostalgia for this chapter in the Internet's history, you're likely already interested in this obscure title. You're free to explore Hypnospace as you see fit, but your job is actually to scour the virtual space for rule-breaking shenanigans. That might be misusing copyrighted imagery, harassing other users, or selling harmful software.
As an enforcer, you have access to a widening number of zones and pages, as well as a search function that lets you discover sites hidden from the main directory. The game mostly has you exploring Hypnospace, reading the ramblings of paranoid bloggers and listening to auto-playing music. You can find stuff to embellish your in-game desktop too; new backgrounds, helper bots, and virtual pets can be purchased with money earned from solving cases. It's all pretty amusing, but the novelty doesn't last long. We found ourselves focusing much more on the investigation side of things, which turns this surfing sandbox into an ongoing point-'n'-click mystery.
It's this aspect that'll keep you engaged. Some cases are much harder than others -- with dozens of pages with potential clues, it can all become a little confounding at times. However, when you figure it out, digging up the necessary dirt can be quite satisfying. The game's main issue is that it's just awkward to play on a DualShock 4. It's not unplayable by any means, but squeezing mouse and keyboard functionality onto a controller will always end up fiddly. There's absolutely fun to be had here, though, and those looking for something different should try it regardless.
I think it’s coming onto Game Pass PC in which case, I’m definitely checking this out. Looks pretty bonkers.
Was fun on pc, but more than almost any game it needs a mouse and keyboard. can't even imagine playing it with a controller.
To all those interested, M+KB can be used with this game in the Switch version, so I guess the PS4 version supports them too; I'm not sure though, take it with a pinch of salt! Hope it'll be useful!
I did enjoy watching a let's play of this some time ago, but it's really not the kind of game I would be interested in playing myself.
Xbox game pass?
@MetalGear_Yoshi Yeah, the PC version’s amazing. £4 a month for 100s of games. Never owned an Xbox in my life but happy to use their services concurrently with Steam.
Awesome, cheers for that. Saved me $40.
I've got Ultimate game pass too. I don't use my Xbox much but Live was on sale and you could upgrade that to ultimate for next to nothing so I thought why not. It's great value, with an Xbox or not, as you say.
Thanks again for the heads up.
I'm late to the game but a USB mouse and keyboard totally works on ps4!!
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