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Psych Yourself (PS3) Review

 
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At A Glance...
 

Formats: PS3
 
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An entertaining way to take a look at yourself.

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Somewhat limited in scope.


Final Fiendish Findings?

While it may be a game with a rather limited scope, I found Psych Yourself to be an interesting and eye opening addition to my PSN library. With a host of logic based tests of things like how well I can read others’ emotions (extremely well, thank you), how good I am at perceptions (awesome again), and how creative I am in everyday life (average – boo), this is a game that will have you bringing out the fainting couch and a fresh notebook to evaluate all your friends (and see how well you stack up).

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Posted March 20, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Turns out that I’m a pretty cool person to be around…and I have the test results to prove it.

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Psych Yourself is new downloadable game from Creat Studios that takes psychiatric evaluation out of the exam room and into your living room (and let me tell you, it’s a whole lot cheaper this way). On a serious note, I’m sure most of you know that you aren’t going to get a real assessment of your worth as a person from a video game (not yet anyway). What you will get with Psych Yourself is an interesting, informative, and fun look at how you stack up, both against your friends and the population at large. For psychology buffs like myself, you just can’t get any cooler than that.

Psych Yourself is basically an evaluation tool that measures how you perform in three basic categories: emotion, creativity, and perception. The main mechanic of the game are daily self tests that measure how you stack up against your average Joe, and then how you advance in those areas as you continue to play the game. No guarantees or claims are made that the game is going to make you a better person, but it stands to reason that if you are made aware of an issue and then work on it, improvement will follow.

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The tests themselves are both fun and eye opening, as you realize that things like facial expressions or body language are not as much of an open book as you imagined. Each test starts out with a few tutorial questions that will not allow you to advance without selecting the correct answer. This ensures that you understand what to do on each segment. Then, you move on to a timed test of your ability to read things like passage of time or stereotypes. Each of the daily tests can be taken only once a day, so you have to make the first time count. Each seems designed well to really measure your personal capabilities in each area.

For instance, the emotion tests will show you things like facial expressions, quick videos of emotional reactions, and even audio of tone of voice (which are not in English, forcing you to rely on their tone alone to measure the emotion). The creativity tests have you doing things like putting together random groups that are very loosely connected to see how well you can think outside the box. Perception tests measure things like how well you can spot an optical illusion, or how much time has passed. While each of the daily tests only includes three segments to be completed once a day, you can do up to five under each category as often as you like in the training portion of the game.

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In addition to the training and testing, there are couple extra modes that add fun (and amateur psychoanalysis) to the game. You can rate your friends (and be rated) in the social section of the game – even if those people do not yet own the Psych Yourself game. For any of the people in your friends list, you can answer a series of questions on how well they perform in each of the areas. You can also invite your friends to rate you, and see how their perception of you matches up to your test scores (the easily offended need not apply). One of my favorite sections (albeit rather a one time use sort of thing) is the library mode where you can simply go in and read about each of the areas being tested. From definition and theories, to fun facts and interesting people, it offers a whole lot of information that I found both useful and interesting.

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While it may be a game with a rather limited scope, I found Psych Yourself to be an interesting and eye opening addition to my PSN library. With a host of logic based tests of things like how well I can read others’ emotions (extremely well, thank you), how good I am at perceptions (awesome again), and how creative I am in everyday life (average – boo), this is a game that will have you bringing out the fainting couch and a fresh notebook to evaluate all your friends (and see how well you stack up).


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)