By Jay444111 34 Comments
People... if you are reading this now... please know that I had to suffer so emotionally that I may not ever be the same again from what this game had done to me a few weeks ago. The main reason I didn't make a review then is mainly for the fact that this game had destroyed me emotionally. I was just not ready to remember and speak about the game yet. That is how truly incredible this game is. Just to set the mood.
This game. Is as though they combined Grave of the Fireflies sorta story with how depressing and emotional this journey can get. So please take this next tip I give you to heart if you play this game. Get a box of tissues and set it next to you while playing. Sure, I may be hyping this up with how sad this story is. But to be quite honest, if you are willing to let yourself get absorbed into the game like I did. You will break like a twig and will cry constantly throughout it. I promise that to everyone here and now.
While it has Alan Wake gameplay with a great flashlight exploration and adventure game style with RPG elements with a very Dark Cloud feel with how the hack and slash/shooting with bows and arrows work and how well they are done... as long as you have your wii remote set up right because otherwise it is kind of fidgety. However getting through that will get you a very interesting experience that is completely worth the price of admission.
All the while it has a huge Silent hill atmosphere where you will always feel alone within this game at all times. The sadness and fear that pervades this games very pores is capable of involving nearly anyone who plays it. It also helps that the gameplay really lends itself well to the atmosphere as well.
Those 3 different medias combined into the ultimate game which I have played here and am reviewing right here and now!
The game is about Seto. (To the right.) After his grandpa had died and been buried by him. He goes out into the now empty world.
Now he looks for new companionship in a world overgrown with moss and of decaying buildings. As he looks, he finds a girl with silver hair who runs away from him. Confused, he sets out to find her in a world now full of ghostly beings and feral wildlife. Meeting many new people in his journey to find this girl and to hopefully, have a friend to be with. (Girl to the left.)
As you can tell. That alone sounds very sad... well, it truly is. But not in ways you would think it might be most times. As you search through the wastes you find objects of personal affections that contain the last moments of the people who owned them. Or documents telling of what happened to them. These can be interesting, to sad, to even funny sometimes. However they do take up a spot in your limited inventory so it is recommended that you put them into your storage at the nearest camp fire.
It gets very interesting due to the atmosphere that the game takes place in. It is so familiar yet different that it is quite disturbing. A modern Japanese city in complete and utter decay, plants have overgrown most places and ghosts and technology of the past have now gone berserk in this new yet old world. It takes a toll on the player and the Seto both equally. The loneliness gets so overbearing that even hearing another voice is capable of sending all attention to find out what it is. For the hope that you are truly not alone in this world. My stomach is tensing up the more I remember the feelings I had in this game, massively so. It may get sappy at some moments... but damn are they comforting when in contrast to everything else happening.
The gameplay in the game mainly involves using the wiimote for camera work+flashlight movement along with fighting which works amazingly well as long as you don't flail the thing like a morning star and have standard hand eye movements down. The nunchuck is mainly used for movement as usual. It does take time to get used to the menu's though. I will admit that is a fault but not a bad one which destroys the game like the Water Temple and the inventory screens in OoT.
The combat is actually pretty interesting in terms of it actually being useful yet you can still die easily if you aren't smart enough to dodge attacks/run away from ghosts/feral animals. The closest comparison is Dark Cloud for the hack and slash feel. It even has breakable weapons! The interesting thing about the weapon systems is that the less damage it can do, the less chance it has to break, however a high damage weapon like a katana will most likely die fairly often. This isn't a con but I can see why they did this for balance reasons. The bow and arrow/crossbow type weapons are aimed with the wii mote, it isn't bad but I think the sensitivity could have been lowered in terms of aiming the damn thing, I am unsure if there was a option to lower it but their might be one.
The enemy variety is quite large actually. For a horror game this game has a huge amount of enemies that appear and most of them aren't reskins! (Other than ghost jellyfish of course and some feral dogs. But not much reskinning going on with them either.) Later one the enemies get way tougher and it becomes more possible to die. While in the early game it is fairly a easy game due to the weak enemy types. There are a few bosses but only one of them are of any noteworthy awesomeness. The other ones are just... there for a challenge reasons it seems. Not a huge con but it actually doesn't effect the quality of the game overall since it isn't about the boss battles or the combat, it is about the story and the characters and the exploration.
The exploration is a huge part of this game. As you explore a completely desolated world you can find signs and objects that tell you partially of what had happened in this world which had been long abandoned. Whether through small objects or through sign posts to even story events you get to gather more and more clues about what had happened. As you explore more and more, you practically pray to find someone, anyone to talk to in game just so you don't feel as alone. These feelings of hopelessness and sheer loneliness is enough to drive anyone in depression just by looking around!
The game does have puzzles, but most of them are quite easy and make sense in terms of the world compared to others like Resident Evil where a random blue skull can open a door while the yellow one can't. (Just an example of how bad the puzzles are in RE games.) In here it is just mainly find a key or make a pathway which I find to be a far better way of puzzles with how big this games world is.
There is a item shop in the game... kind of. It is highly random and mainly happens at campfire save points. I won't speak much else about it but it involves this guy who wears a chicken head mask... yes really. Trust me when I say this. Even minor events such this guy visiting you is very capable on creating an even greater atmosphere of sadness. Trust me when I say that.
The soundtrack is freaking amazing. That is all I got to say because it is true. The soundtrack throughout the entire game is incredible, be it scary music or sad music, or even just some regular event moment. It just piles on the atmosphere and really enhances the entire game greatly.
Speaking of sounds. The English voice actors are freaking great. I mean it. You can probably recognize their voices by heart if you watch a bunch of anime. However I think this game might be their very best work. The amount of effort that went into the voice acting really shows throughout the entire game. It adds such a great feeling to hear their voices in this silenced world that it feels like a breathe of fresh air whenever anyone speaks. I think there might be a Sub option in it. But with the English voice acting so well done that I never felt the need to do so.
If you have yet to notice, I am practically refusing to talk much about the story. That is for the very good reason that I do not ever wish to spoil this masterpiece of a game! It is only 20$ on Amazon and after playing this. I would have been completely willing to buy this at full price if I had a wii when this game released.
May sadness overtake you in this journey my fellow men and women. This game is... art! I cannot and will not give it a rating to dumb down this review for people. I will only give it one thing to say. Buy it and have no regrets, push on through to the very end... make sure to bring a box of tissues for the ride.