Excerpt: Indigo Prophecy is a reinvention of the old-school adventure genre. The focus is still squarely set on the story, and your enjoyment of the game will probably depend entirely on how much the plot grabs you, but huge amounts of interactivity are thrown into the prevalent cinemas to keep the experience from becoming passive. Some interesting ideas are brought to the table, but it is clear from the beginning that this is not a game which will reinforce your biblical values.
Excerpt: It’s around here that Marcus stops worrying about his mental health and starts trying to be middle America’s answer to Chow Yun Fat on a tabletop-sized slab of LSD. It’s about here you may want to start thinking about employing your console’s off switch.
Conclusion: There is no way around it. This game will make an immediate impression on you and stick with you long after you put the controller down. The concept may not be new to the adventure genre, but the execution breaths life into something that had all but decayed over the past few years. The graphics may leave something to be desired, but the sound in the game is phenomenally executed.
Excerpt: Indigo Prophecy is very much a meta-narrative in the sense that the game revolves around the intertwining stories of three different individuals, all of which the player gets to take control of, in turn. At times, the stories will be told in tandem, though, allowing for the player to actively switch between two different characters cooperating together on a puzzle.
Conclusion: I pray this is the direction adventure games are going. The production values and attention to detail recall classics like Blade Runner, and not since that game have I wanted to live in a world like this. Buy this game.
Excerpt: The term "cinematic gameplay" gets tossed around an awful lot these days. And it's often tossed around by game makers who simply throw in a few letterboxed cutscenes and minimalist heads-up displays and then just call it a day. Developer Quantic Dream's Indigo Prophecy is a game that actually gives cinematic gameplay some context, as well as some real heartfelt meaning.
Pros: One of the best game stories to come along in quite a while, Deep, richly textured characters you will grow incredibly attached to, Inventive gameplay mechanics excellently tie together with the onscreen action, High-quality voice acting and soundtrack, Great atmosphere
Cons: Story has its flaws, as it feels like it's missing a few key points of explanation, Not exactly impressive on the graphics front, Some of the more traditional adventure elements aren't great, Camera can be a royal pain
Conclusion: In the end, Indigo Prophecy is a great game that takes the conventional adventure game formula and puts a twist on it to create something that feels entirely fresh and new. The game is the perfect example of how to make a game that is truly cinematic. The gameplay ties in seamlessly with the game’s cut-scenes which only help further this exciting and enthralling story experience.