Posté le : 3 juillet
First of all, no this game does not take 100+ hours to complete, I just left the game running by accident. X)
Playing Chains of Satinav is critical if you would like to get the most out of this game. It tells of Geron and Nuri's treacherous journey that eventually led to the circumstances that start off Memoria. Honestly, I think I would not be giving Memoria such a strong review if I hadn't played the prequel. The game frequently references its predecessor (inside jokes), and Geron/ Nuri's entire half of the game seems out of place and confusing without proper context. Not to mention, most of Geron/Nuri's characterization is done in Chains of Satinav, and players can have a deeper understanding of their actions in Memoria if they know their personalities. Even so, and I do acknowledge that this is one of the biggest flaws of the game for me plotwise, is that while one enriches their experience through enlightening themselves with Geron/Nuri's past, Geron's role in the game is largely overshadowed by Sadja's intense story, and he seems more like a narrator or a bystander in this game as opposed to his central role in Chains of Satinav.
Sadja's story on the other hand, is incredible. The story is far from conventional, a true masterpiece that is told in a very unique way. Most plot ends tie up nicely (I watched an interview and the writer said he did leave enough room for a sequel), and I enjoyed the witty remarks of not only Sadja but her staff as well.
Another strong point of this game is the beautiful artwork. Games are rarely done in the painted style of Memoria, but the artwork really adds to the folklorish mood of the game. I have a bias towards aesthetically beautiful games, so both Chains of Satinav and Memoria get brownie points.
The voice acting of Memoria is THOUSANDS of times better than Chains of Satinav. However, it still isn't perfectly polished, with lines playing too close after each other at some points, ruining the natural flow of conversation. The staff, Sadja, and Nuri are amazing, whereas Geron is still weak.
Overall, I really enjoyed Memoria. Although I had to look at walkthroughs because some puzzles were bizarre, and there are some technical issues that bog down the game, Sadja's storyline in particular is captivating and thrilling. Kudos to Daedalic for creating such an amazing point and click adventure.