Posted: March 25
Personal Rating: 9/10 - category "point&click"
This game has everything that a fan of point&click games would desire and is an absolute must-have for those who are into the genre!
It focuses mostly on an intense story with a great atmosphere, that is only accompanied by random puzzles here and there. The game makes the player actually think about what would be the next logical step to do, instead of just hinting to the next location or which object to click next. And it actually always is logical! As opposed to so many other point&click games that just drive you crazy because the actions are just so stupid and random.
It generally emphasizes on an actual realistic feel to the whole game, which goes from random character interactions, over cut scenes to animations for waiting for the elevator, getting inside your car or walking. Looooots of walking in this game.
You switch between two playable characters that are bound by plot (and blood as well!).Characters & voice acting:
The female protagonist is very likeable. She's smart, devoted and the player can always relate to her actions. Also she has a great fashion taste (...them bunny slippers).
The male protagonist is just as clever, and his story is even more horrid and disturbing.
The realistic feel of the game and it's characters authenticity are surely thanks to the great voice acting. Bad voice acting can really ruin a game for you, but that's absolutely not the case here. The voices fit the characters and they also emphasize the words just perfectly, always fitting the current situation. (That's usually a thing that really pisses me off with other games).Story/Setting/Atmosphere/Graphics:
This game has an overall intense and authentic feel to it which is also thanks to the very interesting setting we have here.
The story takes place in a modern Chicago with 'flashbacks' to the Victorian Era at Prague. There's a moderate change of scene in the game and you can switch through all the detailed locations at will at any time. What really makes the game interesting is the great location scenery with very detailed graphics in variation with animations as well a lot of cool cut scenes, which really make it feel like you're watching an action movie at times!
The buildings and some of the rooms are made in a futuristic style which is interesting as well (a brothel that looks like it's taken from a sci-fi movie and her house just looks like a giant church.)Puzzles:
So, there is not a lot of actual puzzles in this game. Maybe 10 or so, I'm not sure, but it wasn't that many. Which wasn't neccesarily a bad thing, since they really have what it takes. Maybe they're too hard even, but I eventually all figured them all out, except for one where I had to use a guide.
Like I already said, the game focuses more on "logical" puzzles as to where to go/what to do next, more than actual puzzles.Controls:
So. Here it is. The reason why I could give the game only 9 points and in my opinion it's only flaw.
Right at the beginning of the game I was totally unable to figure out the item menu and it took me a while to understand the functionality. It wasn't explained anywhere. There were a few other moments during the course of the game, where it still made me some troubles.
And then there's the walking. Like I already said, looooots of it. You have to change locations quite a lot, especially if you're not sure on where to go next, and just randomly want to check out some places. See if you missed something. That's when the frustration starts. First there's the animation of getting into your car, then the animation of you getting out of your car (and walking a few steps). The characters can actually run, by double-clicking somewhere. But you can't "speed travel" to the next room, by double-clicking on the door for example. So you have to watch your character walk all the way to the end of the screen. Then walking to the elevator. Then the animation for pressing the elevator button. Then the animation of the character inside the elevator. Then the animation of getting out of the elevator... and so on, you get where I'm going with this.
I get that they wanted to make the game seem "realistic", but that's just too much, it's still a game after all. Also, the whole game seems to take place in one single night! (which doesn't really fit to the story at all).
They never mention her going to sleep or anything, she's a freakin zombie! So much for realism.
Great game with great characters, a great atmosphere, challenging puzzles, but bad controls.
I hope they fixed all the negative aspects in the 2nd game, that's next to play for me.