โพสต์: 25 มกราคม
So this game has had a whopping overhaul since I last played it. Dejobaan have clearly lavished a lot of time on the interface. The game is also totally different from the pre-alpha... Gone seem to be the crazy music-video like spirally tentacles and psychadelic backgrounds.. They've been replaced with lots of flashing and pulsing cubes.
The other major plusses for this new version are the radio voiceovers which are amusing, the music which is not too bad, and the controls which feel very fluid. the "city map" screen is enigmatic in its inscrutibility... I can seem to play any of the "levels".. so why are they linked, as if it's some kind of progression? What do any of the descriptions mean? What's the benefit of playing any one level?
The answer, it seems, is "none of it makes a blind bit of difference". All the levels look, feel, sound and play the same, except for a few which seem to be cut-scenes.
Sadly, the game is missing any form of coherence whatsoever. I so dearly want to love this game. I really enjoy Audiosurf, but that has no pretence of being a "game".. just a "ride your music" simulator.
What does 1..2..3 need? Well, it needs a single-player game for starters: Let the player play the game using pre-determined music to begin with. Make it nice and easy.. fun.. like it used to be.. before they added the "three strikes and your out" annoyance. Once you're through, and have cracked the game using the pre-determined scores and music, open it up.. Let people play whatever.. like Audiosurf.. Add a *POINT* to the game.. you're a spy, trying to scan for agents.. or you're trying to find someone.. any point to "scanning" would be good, rather than just point scoring...
To be honest, I couldn't be bothered with this new version. It's a real shame because Dejobaan have clearly tried to salvage it from it's pre-alpha state. Sadly, it's missed the mark a little. I haven't got time to put all my music through this to see what makes a "fun" level, because I doubt that any of the levels are truly "fun", now that you've got the rule that "hit three things and you're dead".
I have an urge to create a boring 1hr long MIDI track with a single note, and AFK-ride that note from the comfort of in front of the telly, returning to see I'd scored the highest score ever.. But it's just not worth it.
I still can't give this a thumbs-up, despite the fact it's oh-so-close to being awesome. Sorry, Dejobaan.