Oponn Jan 25, 2013 @ 9:01pm
An Objective Explanation of The Package
Please don't be frightened by the wall of text appearance. So, for anyone who has seen trailers or read reviews on ToFL, it is a pretty interesting game. You have probably heard about the great story line and originality and all of that stuff. Now, that is actually true to some extent. The point I would like to make for anyone interested in purchasing the 'game' is that there are better packages that offer the same thing. What makes this game worth anything is that it has hidden meaning, which is actually rather superficial, and you must piece together a convoluted story line which is flashed to you in a matter of 15 minutes or even less like in my case. Make no mistake, I am not saying the game is crappy, I am stating that one can find more for a more reasonable price. Games I would recommend with similar ideas are Dear Esther, or if you are looking for a bigger production made by a popular gaming company, L.A Noire. In these games, though in different ways, you must put together peices of a non complete story line which is showed to you. In Dear Esther it is a much more psychological and emotional realm of thought, while L.A Noire is exactly what the title implies, a Noire (imagine playing out a movie like Chinatown). What these two games have in common is that they have up to date visuals (Dear Esther has fantastic visuals and was not made with a bug budget or a large team, so that's no excuse), hours of content to offer, and much more professional quality. ToFL is a good premise, but you won't find alot there. Once you figure it out after a MAXIMUM of like 45 minutes of playing/thinking of it, it is over and done with. So you paid $5 for 45 minutes or (I'll be lenient) even an hour of entertainment, not to say some people haven't had more. You can pay twice that for Dear Esther, which takes a whole 3-4 hours depending on how you explore, to simply play out, and believe me, you'll want to do it again. Also you will be enjoying some nice sights along with some well written narration that will have you thinking deeply to piece everything together, which has a much more deeply emotional end. L.A Noire simply has TONS of hours of mystery content which is of course very polished and features some unique systems such as the interrogation system with acted out expressions for characters. In the end, I wanted to objectively describe how ToFL is not up to par on what it has to offer for the price on it, by comparing it to games that offer what makes ToFL any good. I understand if some of you are offended by my opinion, I know some people really love this game, I tried not to write with bias and avoided things like "this game is a piece of crap" because it's really not. Let me know what you think, if you disagree with me that's cool too, I am just interested to hear what the community honestly thinks about the quality of this game. I sincerely thank you for reading this wall of text, if you did so, you have done me a very nice favor :D
Last edited by Oponn; Jan 25, 2013 @ 9:05pm
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angrykenji Mar 27, 2013 @ 11:42am 
i recommend everyone to watch this great piece by Gametrailers:
http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/rf446n/gt-one-shot-narrative-in-games--unexplored-territory

the dev of TFoL is interviewed in this as well
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