|a game by||Dontnod Entertainment|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, PC, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||10.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||Action Adventure Games, Cyberpunk Games, Games Like Cyberpunk 2077|
In a sea of character action games that look and feel pretty much the same, calling your game Remember Me means that it has to do something impressively innovative to stand out. Fortunately, developers Dontnod Entertainment have crafted a truly memorable experience that, despite its few flaws, manages to be one of the most unique action games of its generation.
Thematically fascinating and technically breathtaking, there are lots of positive things to say about this game. That said, some minor annoyances about the game’s action-inspired gameplay get in the way of the impressive artistic talent on display in Remember Me.
Neo-Paris and Cyberpunk
One of the most unique elements of Remember Me is Neo-Paris, the futuristic city where the game takes place. There’s great attention to detail in every aspect of the city’s design, and the visual fidelity achieved with Unreal Engine 3 is jaw-dropping. And this is not some beauty prop either: players can truly explore the world of Neo-Paris to great extents. Along with some very detailed scenery, the lightning also captures the mood of a dystopian version of Paris pretty well. In the same vein as Deus Ex Human Revolution, Remember Me uses its cyberpunk setting to ask some hard-hitting moral questions, in this case, memories are the main focus of the game’s plot.
As an amnesiac elite soldier, players will have to piece together the mysteries of their past. Meanwhile, they’ll have to keep a close eye on the Memorize company, even though everything is not what it might seem. Remember Me’s rich plot is as entertaining as it’s interesting, with its high concept setting offering tons of unique visual elements that go pretty well with the gameplay.
Between exploration segments, players will have to engage in some fights that are very reminiscent of those seen in typical character action games. Perhaps due to Capcom being the game’s publisher, the combat system in Remember Me resembles what we’ve seen in God Hand; that means that every combo is entirely customizable and made up of different, individual attacks.
Fighting moves are called Pressens in the game. Players will have to mix and match different Pressens to build their combos, keeping in mind that some Pressens also have additional side effects. While some of these attacks are more effective against certain enemies, some others can also heal the player when they connect. Sadly, the rate at which new Pressens are unlocked is painfully slow, forcing players to be stuck with somewhat basic combos until very late in the game.
A Flawed World
Despite the richness of its setting, not all the citizens of Neo-Paris are as colorful as their dystopian city. While Nilin, the game’s main character, is a great protagonist, most of the plot’s side characters are entirely forgettable.
To make matters worse, some of the dialogue can be downright cringeworthy. Add to that the lack of real external motivations for Nilin and you get the perfect recipe for a forgettable plot. Ironic, considering this is a game called Remember Me. As long as you can look past the mediocre plot and lifeless characters, the city of Neo-Paris and Remember Me’s unique mechanics can certainly be appealing.
The world of Remember Me offers a fascinating look into a cyberpunk dystopia. Unfortunately, a disappointing plot and stale characters aren’t enough to keep this game alive for long, even if the gameplay can be seriously fun.
- Amazing visuals
- Good level and platforming design
- Solid soundtrack
- Disappointing plot
- Forgettable characters
- Slow character progression