Summary: " Remember Me " has a great story, with some fantastic ideas, undermined by the fact it leans too heavily on what it does poorly. If every level ended with a memory reconstruction, rather than a tedious boss fight this could have been one of my favourite games of the year but, as it is, this is a game I will only remember for its novel concept.
Excerpt: The balance between story and gameplay easily makes or breaks a game. A simple storyline needs gameplay that makes up that balance; providing bang for buck. Conversely, too many side quests and faffing about with fancy inventories can leave the player not only forgetting what their next objective is, but why they should care.
Review: Remember Me entertains, but does not retain
17 June 2013
Excerpt: On the surface, Remember Me seems like just another shallow sci-fi adventure: a futuristic title set in a war-torn world now being rebuilt by governments working hand in hand with massive corporations – in this case, MEMORIZE, a corporation that has managed to turn one's memory into a commodity.
Excerpt: I had a conversation a while ago about film history and how it relates to video games. A lot of people seem to think that the current software generation is roughly analogous to the 1940s, where the medium got its first big signature works and found its teeth. I’m inclined to think it’s closer to the ’60s and ’70s, where the medium is fully ingrained in the public consciousness and its limits are being pushed by a small group of experimental creators.
Summary: Remember Me is a solid action-platformer that manages to achieve something rare in the action genre, and that’s to actually be interesting. The game is by no means perfect, with some episodes weaker than others and some encounters being too much of a slog, but in the end, it’s an enjoyable sci-fi-fused exploration into an intriguing theme with a unique character set in an engaging world. Action and sci-fi fans should give it a look.
Excerpt: During Remember Me , you’ll travel through cities and extravagant buildings almost indescribable in their beauty, but you’ll also visit starkly depressing prisons and oppressive slums and shantytowns. When the credits roll, you’ll feel the contrast even further. You’ll have experienced some of the most interesting sights and game concepts of this generation, but you’ll also remember some major flaws that have no reason existing in the first place.
Pros: + Probably the most stylish game we’ve seen on an Xbox console., + Combo Lab and Memory Remixes make for intriguing fights and plot points, respectively.
Cons: ? When are those Jax dolls going to be invented? We want one!
Conclusion: Concept: An action adventure game set in a 2084 version of Paris featuring some unique combat mechanics
Graphics: The art direction is good, but a neon-lit Neo Paris teases you from the background and makes you wish you could explore the environments more
Sound: This soundtrack gets the job done, and so do the voice actors; unfortunately, a few of them sound a little overacted and almost cartoonish
Playability: Dontnod tried to do some unique things with the combat,...
Conclusion: New IPs at this stage of the console cycle are fairly rare, especially those with ingenuity and creativity in abundance, as well as a little innovation to boot. That right there is Remember Me, a memorable experience with a strong female lead, an epic score, a hugely creative world and some deceptively deep mechanics. Here’s hoping we see Nilin and co. again sometime soon as she’s not someone we’re going to forget in a hurry.