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Stray | Review Thread


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Game Information​

Game Title: Stray
  • PlayStation 5 (Jul 19, 2022)
  • PlayStation 4 (Jul 19, 2022)
  • PC (Jul 19, 2022)
Developer: BlueTwelve Studios
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic - 84 average - 91% recommended - 100 reviews

Metacritic - 84/100 - 74 reviews

Critic Reviews​

AusGamers - KostaAndreadis - 8 / 10
And have them transfixed, trying to touch and connect with the on-screen kitties and often beautiful visuals.

Checkpoint Gaming - Elliot Attard - 9 / 10
A lusciously dense world of natural beauty colliding with cyber-future grimness is ready to be explored from a uniquely tiny perspective. Stray tells a surprisingly emotional tale that instantly grips during its opening moments and doesn't relent until its closing scene. A standout release so far this year, Stray proves to be so much deeper than just a cat adventure game.

Dexerto - Brad Norton - 7 / 10
If you go in purely to see the world in motion and walk through its immense cityscapes, you'll be delighted by what's on offer. But if you go in expecting a substantial gaming experience with plenty of input and deep engagement, you may end up disappointed.

Falling somewhere in the middle, I can appreciate Stray's overachieving presentation but wonder what could have been with this setting and this attention to detail had it not centered around a cat with limited room for gameplay systems.

EGM - Josh Harmon - 4 / 5
Stray does a great job at letting you act like a cat, turning a wide range of true-to-life feline behaviors into clever gameplay mechanics. But it's much less successful at making you truly feel like a cat, as the game's more conventional approach to its gameplay and story routinely shatters your immersion in odd ways. If you can suspend your disbelief and look past the missed opportunity of a more cohesive experience, however, there's a lot to like in its moody cyberpunk world and varied challenges.

Enternity.gr - Hektor Apostolopoulos - Greek - 8 / 10
Stray offers a cat, a dystopian environment, and overall a videogame that should not be missing from your collection.

Explosion Network - Dylan Blight - 9 / 10
Stray is a vibe, starring a cat that'll go down in hiss-tory. I fell for the feline companion and the strange, wonderful world it tumbles into in a heartbeat.

Gamefa - Mostafa Zahedi - Persian - 6.8 / 10
without a doubt, Stray is one of the most unique experiences of 2022. The thrill of an eventful adventure as a Cat is something you will remember for a long time. That being said, keep your expectations low because at the end of the day, stray is a small project. Its biggest flaw, is the wasted potential that could have turned into something special. Nevertheless, if you happen to be a cat lover, Playing Stray is a must!

Gamepur - Aden Carter - 8.5 / 10
Even though the story of Stray feels slightly incomplete, the overall experience is well worth the price you pay for it. The developers built a large, well-constructed city that gives you a great experience of what it's like to be a cat in a world built for creatures larger than you.

GamesHub - David Wildgoose - 4 / 5
Stray gets so much right about being a cat. It's not just the way you travel through the world. There are moments when you stop to rub your side against someone's legs. You can press a button to scratch the carpet and there are even a couple of puzzles that make smart use of this ability. The way you stretch out one paw to tentatively bat at a suspicious object or how you curl up on a cushion in the perfect pretzel… it's just so exquisitely, believably cat-like.

IGN Korea - Sanghyun Bae - Korean - 8 / 10
A wanderer cat In a gloomy and high-tech world is like a fairy tale and realistic imaginations combined. With a unique tone and a relatively short journey, each and every corner of the alley develops its own story to keep it extraordinarily interesting. With just the fact of maneuvering a life-size cat in a human world scale is already a fun feat, actions that can happen in our everyday lives but only if you were to live it or witness it as these many but little moments usually never catch our attention on a daily basis. This game creates that portal in which you are now able to see what happens in the blindspot as a usual experience. It may feel like a quiet and stealthy journey but gradually creates a deep and pulsating experience that shakes our hearts like a wind chime that resonates in every silent atmosphere.

Sirus Gaming - Leif Rey Bornales - 9 / 10
Overall, Stray has been quite an experience and I can say that it's one of those games that you'd really want to play if you enjoy a good story and exploration. It's a game for cat lovers, it's a game for cyberpunk lovers. It's a game for people who never stopped dreaming of getting out of a place they feel trapped in.

Six One Indie - Harry Loizides - Essential
Stray is simply captivating. Between unmatched world building, outstanding aesthetic design, intuitive cat physics, and immersive gameplay, BlueTwelve Studio and Annapurna Interactive have crafted an engaging and awe-striking experience from start to finish.

Stevivor - Steve Wright - 8 / 10
Stray somehow manages to endear at the same time it feels like it's overstaying its welcome. At the end of the day, though, this cat-lover was won over by its sheer charm.

TechRaptor - 9 / 10
Stray is an immersive and beautiful adventure game filled with so much detail and personality. Who knew solving puzzles as a cat could be so much fun?

The Independent - Jasper Pickering - 8 / 10
With Stray, BlueTwelve Studios and Annapurna Interactive have crafted a memorable experience that finishes just as it gets comfortable with its footing. But while it is short, it's a testament to how the game looks, sounds and plays that it begs for more. Those who are curious to explore Stray's world on Playstation can pick up a free copy with a PS Plus extra and/or premium subscription, making it a worthy addition to your digital library.

Video Chums - Mary Billington - 8.3 / 10
Stray is a delightful adventure full of beautiful visuals and endearing characters. I thoroughly enjoyed my time exploring the post-apocalyptic city from the unique perspective of a feline who's dedicated to helping out the remaining robotic residents.

WhatIfGaming - Rizwan Anwer - 9 / 10
Stray is a unique game that takes you on a brief yet memorable adventure through a multitude of settings, and characters, and most importantly, helps you appreciate the effort put in by the developers. I can safely say that Stray lived up to the hype, and delivered on one of the most definitive experiences in games that many gamers may dismiss in the paltry 10 or so hours to 100% the game, but you walk away with memories and something you will definitely cherish.
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I thought there were going to be some absurd reviews simply from cat weirdos, but reviews seem decent across the board, might actually check it out


Game looked really cool and impressive since the first trailer in the 2020 showcase.
I knew it would deliver and I would have bought it day one even if it wasn't for Plus, can't wait to play it later.
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