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In 2013, The Stanley Parable marked his time with a work that cleverly broke the fourth wall. Here it is back in a modernized version.

One year after the release of Dear EstherIn 2013, The Stanley Parable adds its stone to the building that is still in its infancy for the Walking Simulator. Davey Wreden and William Pugh’s creation, a standalone of an old Half-Life 2 mod, becomes a now cult embodiment of the illusion of choice. With a confusing ingenuity in its level design, but also an effective simplicity, the title is a Madeleine de Proust for any lover of the narrative genre. And the Ultra Deluxe Edition in no way affects the sweet memories of the early players.

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Does it make sense to start working on the Ultra Deluxe Edition of The Stanley Parable if you are already thoroughly familiar with the original work? Yes. Even before the intro, you’ll be asked if you’ve ever played the 2013 game, so as not to force too many sequences on you. The experience is intact, retains its special aura, but is filled with new levels and ramifications. Newcomers are also very well received; the extra content won’t reach them until The Stanley Parable’s corridors have been sufficiently explored. The game also improves visually and implements some accessibility additions, including in-universe text translation and color blindness options.

The foundation of the story has been laid again; Stanley, employee number 427 of a limited company, applies in a relentless servitude to press keys on a keyboard. The model student responds silently to the commands that scroll on his screen, until the day when no more instructions appear on the screen. When Stanley finally turns his back on his workstation, he discovers an abandoned open space. And then the impeccable voice of actor Kevan Brighting returns to inhabit the places of his ever-appealing presence.

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Endowed with his faithful, slick humor, the narrator’s omniscient and charismatic character tells the story of Stanley and leads you along the paths he draws. If you already met him in 2013, he will remember it. And when he calls you to take the right door while the left is also accessible, the allegory of the illusory free will that made The Stanley Parable a spectacular experience is recalled in our fond memories. In such a small environment tirelessly traversed, the game further multiplies the prowess of level design† And since he manages to adapt to his time, he berates his time, discusses the evolution of the video game landscape, winks in succession. There are still morals and metaphors that are hard to decipher in certain industries. But it’s also what makes the title’s vague charm.

Sure, the regulars are already used to the narrator’s tricks. Mechanics are now expected, exploited in a decade of productions, including: There is no game: wrong dimension as a worthy heir† So newbies may find it hard to think of the game as downright unique and can only imagine how unique it must have been in its time. But Davey Wreden’s adventure still manages to surprise us. The narrator acts as an entity that has never left the halls of The Stanley Parable; his lines adapt intelligently to your movements, his actions really seem to be controlled by yours. And begins an always captivating duel in which player and narrator try to tame each other. Only a few unfortunate loading times define the journey. In total, you can explore the experience in both two hours and six hours. The universe seems to be doubling down on its secrets and gladly invites you to unlock them. Restart the game and you will be treated to some personalized greetings in the menu. He knows when you will come back to visit him and almost thanks you for it.



  • A modern version that is definitely worth returning
  • A level design still as ingenious and yet surprising
  • The narrator, his charisma and his comments
  • Well-controlled replayability
  • Funny

Weak points

  • A game necessarily less unique than it was then
  • loading times

Always ingenious, funny and captivating, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is well worth lingering over in the 2013 cult experience. Today it still expands with a level design that is still clever and surprising. is. And what a joy to rediscover the irreconcilable humor of the narrator.


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