Přidáno: 25. ledna
I really enjoyed this game, but I disagree that it's a masterpiece.
It looks pretty good. The immensely detailed environment is the biggest strength for this game. Small words on stuff like heaters or books are readable, tons of little items scattered about, and the beautiful environment give it an incredible atmosphere. The music was very good. I'd definitely see myself listening to it outside of the game.
But that's where my second biggest gripe is with this. It *feels* like there should be more to it. It feels like there is something sinister at play, like it's setting up for discovering the family murdered and their bodies stuffed somewhere or one of the characters committed suicide or something. The storm, the screwed up TVs, the secret compartments, and then the noises all make it pretty creepy. At one point (SPOILER) a light you turn on in a secret passage goes out when you're looking at a map of other secret compartments
and that scared the ♥♥♥♥ out of me. Plus the sounds of footsteps and floorboards creaking are terrifying. If like I said previously this turned out to be a horror story or whatever the potential wouldn't be wasted. But nope. It's a lesbian love story.
Now there isn't anything wrong with that, but it's disappointing. It was semi-interesting, but the way letters/narrations were written make it sound ridiculously sappy. And it was very confusing. By the end I only had a vague idea of what happened. I thought I was Sam the entire time because of her narrating certain points, but apparently you're Kaitlin. And who exactly is Oscar? I go to read the Wikipedia page's plot summary and there are a bunch of things I had absolutely no idea of.
For example, direct from Wikipedia: (SPOILER) Although not necessary to unfold the main story plot, additional clues may be found which explains the background of Kaitlin's great uncle Oscar Masan, the previous owner of the house. In the way of letters, newspaper clippings, special dates considered important to numerous characters, and evidence hinting at the relationship between Oscar and Kaitlin's father Terrance, it is revealed Oscar committed a serious grievance within the family and was ostracized by Terrance's mother (Oscar's sister) as well as Terrance himself, suggesting that Terrance may have been abused by Oscar as a boy. Newspaper clippings reveal that Oscar had died in the house, and events the player encounters suggest the house may be haunted by Oscar's spirit
And then the main plot point: why the family is gone. It's explained why Sam her sister is not there, but why aren't the parents there? Why is every single cable/dvd player-like device unplugged from every TV?
Most, if not all of the story is conveyed through reading pages, journals, notes, etc. but many of them are handwritten making it stupidly hard to figure out some of the words to the point where you're effectively skimming them.
Still I enjoyed it overall. Why am I not recommending it then? Mainly because of the price and because of the stupid praise this has gotten. It's a good game, but 10/10 game of the year 2013? Polygon please. That's the year Bioshock Infinite, Don't Starve, Outlast, and Papers Please came out.
This suffers from the same thing I hated about Depression Quest: I don't give one flying ♥♥♥♥ about the characters. The story is interesting and I was invested in the story, but I couldn't help but laugh at how the character sounded trying to describe the connection and love she had for Lonnie.
"Oh you cis lord scum patriarchy you hate feminism and LGBT bad you racist." No if it were a girl or guy saying the same things about the other it would still be inescapably laughable.
Price is the other major issue. $20 for at the most 2 hours. $10 an hour. That's ludicrous. I got it for $4 so i'm okay with that.
- ✔ Graphics
- ✔ Atmosphere
- ✔ Music
- ✘ Story Plot
- ✘ Story Conveyance
- ✘ Story Resolution
Great setup to a sinister or horror story, wasted on a sappy love story.
Disappointing, but enjoyable if you temper your expectations.