Posted 01 February 2015 - 03:34 AM
Played episode one today and absolutely loved it. Definitely going back for the season pass.
Probably only took me a couple of hours, but I missed a lot of content. It's a game that screams for replay -- thank god for multiple save files. I'll be replaying more thoroughly. Even if after all five chapters you're only squeezing out around ten hours of play, compared to most console games this is still good value -- even if you pay full price rather than grabbing a discounted bundle.
I love this kind of slow, quiet, unsettling thing where the experiences that stick with you are sitting on a backyard swing reminiscing or dancing in your best friend's bedroom, rather than shooting alien mutant robots while the sun explodes behind you. People and places and small moments. Atmosphere. A tension more subtle than most video games offer.
I feel like I'm forgetting games I should be comparing it to... the obvious one is Heavy Rain, which I lost interest in. Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy too, which I loved. Throw in LiS's rewind mechanic and it's also sending me a million years back to Shadow of Memories/Destiny. I'm sure there are other examples of the same kind of anti-FPS vibe. Telltale's recent stuff? Alan Wake to some degree. There are references to Twin Peaks, X-Files, Twilight Zone... so if you dig any of that stuff, you might enjoy this.
I didn't think I had the patience for this kind of game anymore, but apparently I was wrong. Fascinating to finish the episode and see how well your choices matched up with other players. If the rest of the game lives up to the first chapter, this is definitely a GOTY contender. Not a game for everyone though. A lot of people aren't interested in this kind of meandering, exploratory watering-plants-and-playing-guitar-in-your-dorm-room gameplay.