Memento Mori 2: Guardians of Immortality by flotsam
17 July 2014
Excerpt: Memento Mori 2: Guardians of Immortality Centauri Productions No longer (seemingly) Russian and French, Max and Lara are back, at least for a short moment. We find them newly married and chilling out in Cape Town, when a call comes to look into an art theft at a local museum. Off we go, but then Max gets gone, not at all sure where, and Lara ends up in San Francisco investigating shenanigans in a church.
Excerpt: Memento Mori 2: Guardians of Immortality from Centauri Production is the long-awaited sequel to the original Memento Mori released in 2009 by the same developer. The game's title is derived from the Latin phrase memento mori that literally means "remember to die". In this game, however, the same phrase also encumbers the belief that eternal life can be gained through the death of others, including murder.
Conclusion: The game utilizes a percentile scoring system to grade your performance during each act, affecting your outcome for the endings depending on how well you did. Several factors will determine the outcome of your journey, skill and beliefs being instrumental. Also influencing the outcome are certain dialogic choices that allow the player to shape the way Lara reacts to and perceives the world, which make me return to game’s title.
Excerpt: I don’t often fall asleep while playing games, but Memento Mori 2 has the dubious honour of switching out my lights after about half an hour. Thankfully things do improve as you plunge deeper, but this is seriously one of the most tedious beginnings to a game since Assassin’s Creed 3.
Pros: Nice graphics, Occasionally fun, Quite long (or just feels it?)
Cons: Plot takes ages to get going, Some stupid solutions, Awkward dialogue and acting
Conclusion: Clocking in at over a dozen hours, this is a lengthy adventure but it feels like it too. There’s enjoyment to be had in places, but for a story about murder and mystery, Memento Mori 2really drags at times. It’s sad, because given the variety of puzzles and globetrotting to atmospheric settings, it’s clear that an even better game is bubbling just under the surface.
Memento Mori 2: Guardians Of immortality – Review (PC)
22 May 2014
Excerpt: A bit of disclosure to begin with so there’s no confusion. I’ve not played Memento Mori 1 at all so I don’t really know how the sequel holds up to the original. Also, due to technical difficulties I don’t think I’m too far into this one. Now that that’s out of the way… Max and Lara from the original game are now newlyweds on their honeymoon in Cape Town when Lara’s boss phones her and gets her to go visit a local art museum.
Excerpt: Some adventure games are epic journeys across varying locales. Memento Mori 2: Guardians of Immortality tries to be. It tries to tell a Da Vinci Code -esque story of murder and intrigue with clues hidden in artwork and a quasi-religious journey spanning several countries. Sadly, Memento Mori 2: Guardians of Immortality is a below-average adventure plagued by bad localization from its original European release.
Pros: A handful of puzzles are interesting
Cons: Lackluster writing is worsened by a bad translation, Most puzzles are boring, Audio bugs and quirks make bad acting even worse, Animations never look natural
Summary: Un viaggio intorno al mondo che solo di rado ripaga gli sforzi
Pros: Qualche buon enigma forense, senza dubbio, Le schermate sono fedeli all'area geografica che rappresentano, Tantissimi personaggi con modelli tridimensionali discreti, Il sistema di punteggio per la qualità dell'indagine e i bivi narrativi
Cons: Finire il gioco richiede uno sforzo che non viene ripagato durante l'avventura, Dialoghi scialbi e doppiatori soporiferi, Quando finalmente la storia risveglia il nostro interesse è quasi finita, Animazioni mediocri, Qualche bug, qualche crash