I Expect You To Die 3: Cog in the Machine

I Expect You To Die 3: Cog in the Machine Review

Picture this: You’re a cool spy, sitting in your chair with a virtual reality headset strapped on, ready to save the world one puzzle at a time. Well, that’s exactly what I felt playing I Expect You to Die 3: Cog in the Machine. As a fan of the first two games, I jumped at the chance to dive back into this clever world of spies, puzzles, and, well, dying – a lot. This isn’t just a continuation of what we’ve come to love; it feels like the biggest and best spy mission yet.

The Spy’s Playground

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When I fired up the game, I was ready for a good time, and I Expect You to Die 3 did not disappoint. From the start, I was treated to an opening credits sequence and theme song that would make real-life spies jealous. It’s catchy, stylish, and sets the mood for the mission ahead.

Then the real fun began. Each level was a fresh place to discover, from snowy mountains to underwater bases. They were all packed with things to mess with—and trust me, I messed with them all. One moment I’m juggling tools and clues, the next I’m laughing as I’m blown up by my own mistake. It’s this mix of challenge and humor that kept me glued to my headset.

A Test of Wits

These puzzles aren’t here to make you toss your controllers in frustration. I breathed a sigh of relief every time I goofed up because the game made me feel smart—even when I was making mistakes. I’d die, come back, and tackle the problem again with a new idea. And the best part? Whenever I was stuck, I’d ask myself, “What would James Bond do?” and boom—the answers would often come.

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Déjà Spy

But, during my undercover hours, I noticed something: a few puzzles started to feel like reruns. Puzzles with lasers, bombs, and poisons were thrilling before, but now they’re starting to feel a bit too familiar. It’s like watching your favorite spy film for the tenth time; you know what’s coming, so the surprise fades. I loved the fresh challenges, but some felt like they were retracing old steps.

A Speedy Adventure and Replay Value

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Sure, you can speed through the main missions in just a few hours, but where’s the fun in that? If you want to really get into the world of a top spy, there’s more to discover. Each level has bonus objectives that keep you coming back, like hitting target times or solving secret puzzles. And trust me, some of these time limits are strict, so you’ve got to know your spy stuff to beat the clock.

Accessibility in Espionage

For any of you wanting a game that’s easy to pick up, this is it. You’re seated the whole time, using psychic powers to interact with the world, which is great if you’re not keen on moving around too much. Plus, the game helps out with audio settings like subtitles and a handy chat log, so you won’t miss a beat of the witty banter or crucial mission details. There are no color puzzles to stress about, either.

A Comfortable Undercover Operation

Okay, so I’m one of those people who can get a bit queasy with all the VR motion, but I Expect You to Die 3 has this cool trick called vignetting. When I’m moving in the game, it adds a little shadow around my view so I don’t feel sick. I could play until my VR’s battery cried for a charge, and that says a lot.

The Final Verdict

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I Expect You to Die 3: Cog in the Machine is simply a fantastic VR game. It’s got the thrill of being a super spy without the danger of really being blown to bits – aside from virtually, of course. Each level is a treasure trove of things to fiddle with, puzzles that make you feel like a genius, and chuckles when you screw up.

Yet, it’s not without its reruns which removes some of the puzzles’ magic. But that’s a small bump in an otherwise smooth spy road. With its solid accessibility and replayability, it’s the kind of game you can jump into time and again, whether you’re a seasoned agent or new to the spy game.

So, grab your VR headset, sit back in your best spy pose, and dive into the world of I Expect You to Die 3. It’s a clever, fun, and engaging world that I couldn’t help but enjoy every second of. Even when you think you’re the smoothest agent in the room, be prepared for a laugh when you find out you might not be as sharp as you think!

My score: 10/10

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About the author

Tom Henry

I worked as a PM in video games, now I'm trying some new things.