South of the Circle Review

Developer: State of Play

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X (Reviewed) |S 

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: 11 bit studios


South of the Circle is set in the 1960s when the Cold War; is in full swing. This wonderfully intriguing story is played out; by Peter and Clara, who are Cambridge academics. This; is a truly interactive gaming experience that has; a consistent cinematic feel throughout. South of the Circle is created by BAFTA winners State of Play; the game does have a pedigree to live up to.


South of the Circle has this beautiful art style which is fully motion captured. This gives a sense of realism to the whole game, which is complemented; by the superb voice acting and soundtrack. Even though the game is animated, it doesn’t detract or make the story less believable but enriches the gaming experience. Every voice actor is superb and does make the story more believable. It’s wonderful; acting, great storytelling and the player’s interactions with the world are nuanced. The game has a pure cinematic feel throughout, and the narration and direction are truly wonderful. The Cold War setting adds another sense of realism to the story and adds; a whole other level of intrigue to the proceedings.


The soundtrack and general sound production are superb; everything in terms of visual and sound production is top-notch. It gives the game a beautiful polish.

Gameplay is primarily based; on reacting to situations and making choices according to your conscience. Your choices will change the dialogue and, ultimately, the path you take. There are no right or wrong answers; the player; is taken on an amazing journey.


This; is a wonderfully amazing experience that traverses all kinds of emotions while keeping you on the edge of your seat. The voice acting and emotional narrative make this game. The setting of the Cold War paints a background and setting where you become immersed and lost in the story. This game needs to be experienced and enjoyed, it’s hard to say how gripping I found it, but I couldn’t put it down once I started playing it. I found the trailer for the game intriguing, and the game exceeded my expectations.

Overall: 9/10

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