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Papo & Yo  



Reviewed: 8.5/10: Great
( ps3 version reviewed )





Updated 04-24-2013
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Papo & Yo

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When I played Papo & Yo in August, last year, I quickly found myself fascinated by Vander Caballero's semi-autobiographical exploration of the effect an alcoholic, abusive parent can have on a young child. It's a beautiful, yet tragic game, and at moments -- especially since I never had the misfortune to suffer ill-treatment at the hands of my parents -- exceedingly awkward, as players experience something that's obviously so personal to the creator.

It was not without some technical missteps, however; most notably the floaty, imprecise controls, but also the graphical fidelity, and how it failed to match the striking art direction. As of the 18th, Papo & Yo has been on Steam, no longer shackled exclusively to PSN, and I'm confident that this will prove to be the superior version -- it just needs a little more work. 

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