Perhaps I have not made myself clear here, so let’s start from the beginning. The original mod was released for Half-Life 2 in 2011. In it, players took the role of Stanley, an office worker whose story is told by the ever-present but mysterious Narrator, who both guides and berates the player as he attempts to tell a story. The ‘game’ therefore focused on narrative, and making choices that led to several different endings. The new commercial version of The Stanley Parable, which will be available this Thursday, looks set to follow the same formula of surrealistic and darkly humorous storytelling whilst replacing its predecessor’s stock Half-Life assets with a fresh new look on the latest version of Source.
If you are even slightly interested (or possibly just confused), a new demo of the game of the mod is now available to download via Steam. Without spoiling anything, this has to be the best game demo ever created, period. Even if you have no intention of buying the game, this is a mind-blowing experience in itself, and fans of the original will love it too. The Narrator is back at his dark and hilarious best in a level created just for the demo which will not feature in the actual game. Safe to say it’s not possible to write an explanation that will do it justice. Go and download it now!
If you survive playing the whole of The Stanley Parable’s demonstration, mark October 17th in your diary and get ready to do whatever it is you do in this game!