Posted: May 22
If you're expecting a solid and interesting thirdpersonshooter, look elsewhere, the gameplay -while functional- is the standard modern shooter fare:
cover based shooting
annoying squadmate that gets in the line of fire
press X to stealthkill
carry only two weapons at maximum
blind fire and hipfire near useless
wait for your squadmate to open the door for you
help your squadmate over the fence
shoot explosive barrels
etc. etc. etc.
The game doesn't even try to hide that it is uninspired, it has no gimmicks at all, the mechanics never evolve, it's just a shooting gallery from start to finish.
So if you're coming in from a gaming perspective, stay away. Because this game is nauseatingly generic and wants to be a movie really bad, it has that nasty framework that people are so fed up with these days, i.e: "corridor-shooting gallery-cutscene-repeat"
But here's where things might get a bit controversial: if you come in from the perspective of a movie fanatic, and review the game as if it were a movie, this game is actually pretty neat! It turns out that it works pretty well as a pseudo-movie.
and since i didn't go in expecting a good game, and just wanted to see how the game handled that striking neo-noir theme its got going on. it actually didn't disappoint in that department.
The cinematography and level compositions are gorgeous. Gritty city decay contrasted against neon-spangled streets, all viewed through a wide angle lens camera with deliberate digital artifacts such as scanlines, noise, low bitrate, screen tearing, bokeh, light bleed, chromatic aberration and dynamic range fluctuations. the acting and pacing is on hollywood level and the soundtrack and sound design has a real sense of space and depth. It's field recordings of city noise interwoven with eerie electronic patterns and feverish soundscapes of pulsating drone.
I personally think that it all is meant to convey the mind of lynch, and how he is hungover, miserable, confused, disorientated and detatched from reality.
Definitely something to check out if you're into neo-noir movies. if you can bear the gameplay that is. Its atmosphere felt reminiscent of enter the void or trainspotting, and if compared to games i would say i felt a bit of the hotline miami and max payne mood.
That's all folks! Pretentious hipster and wannabe critic signing off~