Remember Me PS3 video game reviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
This futuristic third person action game (reviewed on the PlayStation 3) has a strong story and concept full of emotional and unique experiences. Set in 2084, the one player Remember Me features a female protagonist named Nilin in Neo-Paris. Memories are the most important element in this stark world as players help Nilin regain her memories and skills as a memory hunter while forces struggle for power. Memory hunters can break and enter into people’s minds to take and even alter their memories. Leapers and Errorists also factor into the overall plot while the basic memory interface called Sensen is visually shown on the back of characters’ necks.
Developers assist player movement through the outstanding environments with helpful orange arrows while characters assist Nilin with remembranes – special sequences where the white outlined character moves performs actions that Nilin must follow. Characters converse through dialogue (subtitles available) and the character talking appears in the upper right, which eliminates the need for lip syncing the characters’ mouths. Nilin develops into an admirable female protagonist who is thankfully not sexually objectified and depicted with cliches and stereotypes.
The challenges are fast paced and substantial while the game challenges player intelligence at every turn. The thrills and emotional investment make the experience very worthwhile. The only improvement would be more open world elements. For example, choose-your-adventure type choices would be ideal when players encounter situations where the actions are questionable and no alternative actions are available. The nine-chapter story works very well overall with interactive memory remix sequences where Nilin changes outcomes at the right moments while the sequence reveals more about her background. Players can really feel Nilin’s emotional conflict as they cycle through the video looking for key events to change, which are visually represented as blip-like distortions in the environment. These visual distortions also appear when Nilin’s health is low. Players choose only one option at a time in the remix sequence, but must get the correct overall sequence.
The fluid fight system requires finesse not button mashing. Combat is the only way to regain lost health. Different enemies always require different strategies as players gain valuable procedural mastering power (PMP) for every action they take. As player PMP grows, players get the specialized combo lab (accessible by pausing the game any time), which has a mild learning curve, but basically involves square and triangle button combinations on the left then assigning specific types from the left. It’s great to experiment with different combos while learning the lab.
The trial and error is minimal and entertaining while the auto camera needs improvement as players experience occasional environmental issues (e.g. character movement off camera, views partially blocked with environment objects, etc.). Overall, Remember Me earns a strong recommendation while also impressing with highly detailed environments, strong voice talent, and a digitally enhanced musical score.Hopefully the future additional downloadable content will include multiplayer experiences and the likely sequel will incorporate more open world opportunities (***1/2, rated M for violence, strong language, partial nudity and blood; also available on XBox 360 and PC).