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Quick Look: Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem

Nancy Drew solves her greatest mystery yet: how do I stop t-posing???

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Jan. 16 2020

Cast: Alex, Abby

Posted by: Abby

61 Comments

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Hooray!

Been really enjoying G'Beast's turn to adventure games the last week.

Just want to comment in support of it, and Nancy Drew games.

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Literally just watched the Clue Crew. I'm getting Double Drew!

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Finally!

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More like Nancy Dron't Play This Game.

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Please stop.

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Oh boy is this the game Abby said she hated?

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Barf. No more please.

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Quite the graphical upgrade.

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Love that she brought in a game for comparison to illustrate her point; worked really well.

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Nancy Drew Scanlon

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Oh my, this is a bad Unity Asset Store looking game

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Still better than the CW show!

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I remember Abby saying they were going to do a Quick Look for this back during GOTY stuff and wasn't sure if I had just burned through it without remembering the video, so I'm glad they got back to doing this.

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Edited By RobertForster

Nancy is “cool” now. She even has a boyfriend! I mean they don’t fuck because Nancy is a kid, but they totally hold hands and watch movies. Also, Nancy now uses the phrase “on fleek.” Stellar.

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I love the demonstration of comparing it to the older title, this is a good way to get your points across. Also nice to see somebody with a lot of knowledge about these games being able to review them properly, usually non-specialist sites have no idea what to do with them.

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Nancy Drew is taking Dans spot

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As somebody who lives near Salem and visits it yearly I will say that the witch tour and museum is actually awesome if you are into New England History.

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Edited By Zelyre

At a glance, the thumbnail tricked me. I thought this was some sort of GB plays FO4 video.

Hopefully Salem in this is spookier than what we got in FO4...

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More like...

NANCY BOO. ahahahahahah

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@ybbaaabby thanks for the quick reference to the older game. It was very helpful to see what you meant having that comparison. Clue Crew series helped too. Not typical QL format but maybe it should be a regular thing. I like when GB revisits old games when new entries come out

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Edited By mikachops

My problem is these people are too Hollywood / television attractive. Nancy Drew characters usually look really homely and dorky.

Also, another case for why pre rendered backgrounds should make a comeback. Nothing in here looks curated or art directed. There's like no discernible mood.

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They're all bad games

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Edited By Feckless

At last! I've been looking forward to this ever since finding out about this game and its long, windy road through development hell. No disrespect to the individuals who I'm sure worked very hard on it, but boy, they made some choices.

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Holy shit the movement is so strange.. at this point why not just make it a normal first person walking simulator

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Holy shit the movement is so strange.. at this point why not just make it a normal first person walking simulator

Because much in the vein of games like Myst, you still want to concentrate the player in a particular scene. It becomes insane to play these sort of games when everything single location could potentially have items. Obduction did free movement I think, but I didn't play that one. From all my years of playing the many Myst games I know they would be frustrating as hell if they had free movement, and the few times they tried it I didn't really think it worked very well.

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Hot take: They're all bad.

It's actually super impressive if they used to shit out a new one every six months and I imagine a lot of this new game's extended development time was spend on learning/building this new engine. By pretty much any metric though, these games compare most favorably to mid-90s adventure games and not much else.

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@humanity said:

Because much in the vein of games like Myst, you still want to concentrate the player in a particular scene. It becomes insane to play these sort of games when everything single location could potentially have items. Obduction did free movement I think, but I didn't play that one. From all my years of playing the many Myst games I know they would be frustrating as hell if they had free movement, and the few times they tried it I didn't really think it worked very well.

You should play Obduction. As someone who had similar concerns when it was first released, I didn't have any problems finding what I needed to for each puzzle.

It's easily my favorite Cyan game.

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@relkin: I've been really meaning to but for whatever reason I always shy away from buying it. Part of it is that I heard people say the back half of the game isn't all that great and that there is a lot of back tracking which just feels weird in a Myst game (I think it's safe to call this a Myst game right?) Another part is that I just don't know if I can go back? I loved Myst games with their logical puzzles back in the day. Myst IV: Revelations was my absolute favorite. The Witness scratched a very similar itch of having to sit there with pen and paper trying to figure out these puzzles. Obduction seems right up my alley but I dunno what it is.. I just have to get over that hump and maybe just get it.

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Oh. You got a problem with Massachusetts? Why don't yah go back to Austriah! I heah what yah said and I almost threw my Dunkin iced coffee at the screen. I got wicked pissah at those comments and I resent em.

Go Sox.

-ahem- Anyway. Ever since I heard Abby mention this during GotY discussion, I've been looking forward to this quick look. Being from the area, I'm always interested in seeing how media portrays Salem.

@lannden said:

As somebody who lives near Salem and visits it yearly I will say that the witch tour and museum is actually awesome if you are into New England History.

Well it depends.. uh.. which witch tours. Some are good historical tours, some are full of new age mumbo jumbo, and some are just a bunch of goofy nonsense out of a bad horror movie. The actual museum behind the Roger Conant "witch" statue is a bit dated but pretty good. Went there in school and with family. It's simple and might not have changed much over the years, but it covers the actual history well.

Some years back I went with college friends from Boston on Halloween and it was just a crowded mess. Another time we went before and it was much better. I keep meaning to check out a bunch of the cheesy tourist spots. Only been to a couple of the haunted houses. I'm more used to visiting off season and checking out the restaurants and shops then. Though there are still dudes in gothy warlock* costumes on Segways all year round.

Oh and not only is Salem cursed with Halloween, but every town around it is as well due to the miles of traffic jams in late October.

(* Minor correction. Warlocks are not male witches in Wicca. Warlock is a term for witches banished by their covens. Male witches are still just called witches. The Wicca community around Salem gets upset when the term gets used.)

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I was very interested in seeing this after hearing talk about it earlier. Thanks!

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I love how the leaves fall from the trees and hit the ground, rotate as if they're still falling, and eventually blink out of existence.

Thanks Abby!

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This is absurd...Nobody but Abby plays Nancy Drew games

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CLUE CREW! (kinda)

Thanks for this Abby, was curious about it since you started talking about it.

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@humanity: It definitely is a Myst game; that is what Cyan makes, after all. I can't say I understand the comment about the back half of the game. You definitely do return to earlier areas, but that's mainly because you get access to new sections of those older areas. Maybe I'm forgetting something, but I don't remember that being an issue.

Oh and I seem to recall their being a choice to use free movement or play a version of the game where you point and click through curated screens of the game (like Myst), if that's more your style. Hope you get around to playing it! Maybe write something up if you do; I'd be curious to know what you think about it.

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What happened to this game reminds me of what happened with Gabriel Knight 3. That's another point & click adventure game franchise that made the transition from pre-rendered art to real-time 3D horribly, and a lot of people were perplexed at graphical downgrade and weird freeform camera controls. (and some infamously bad puzzles but that's another story)

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So many negative comments 😕

I’m never going to play a Nancy Drew game, but take great enjoyment from watching someone passionate about the series.

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Edited By garwalk

Dierdre appearing behind you reminded me of this classic Sherlock Holmes game:

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We are all truly blessed on Double Drew Week.

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@goosemunch: Almost the same thing that happened to the Quest For Glory/King's Quest series.

We needed an ArkSys-style company to overhaul western visual styles to remind people: gorgeous sprites CAN be better than ugly polygons.

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Was there a Steam notification that Griffin McElroy was playing The Witcher 3? Or did I just hallucinate that?

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@undeadpool: Oh yeah, now that I think about it, pretty much every point & click franchise went through similar transition... absolute offenders including Simon the Sorcerer and Monkey Island.

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It is so strange hearing Nancy Drew having the exact same voice (including vocal manerisms) as Ingrid from Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Brittany Cox voices them both).

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All the assets in this game look like they were pulled out of interior design software from the early 00s. It's amazing that a modern game can look this hideous.

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Geez, Abby's example at the end there really drove the point home. In 5 minutes, I was WAY more interested in the older game than the entire QL of the recent one.

@goosemunch Yeah, it's also weird how almost all of them came with a sharp decline in writing quality too. Like Quest for Glory IV is one of the best written adventure games out there. V is utterly mediocre trash. Same thing with King's Quest, but at least that one was just a CLEAR want to make the game more "gritty" and "darker."

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Have been catching up on the holiday casts. Abby's rant about this game was epic and great, and I'm so glad to see the QL.

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Yeah, I agree with Abby. This one is a disappointment. Story is fine, not really interesting for my taste, but fine. But the biggest problem is gameplay - it is a bad adventure game. Lack of puzzles and those that are in game are really easy - no challenge at all. Also so little interaction with the environment, collecting items, using somewhere to progress a story...so little. Game contains mostly of dumb teenage dialogues))

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Why are they doing this nearly a month after the game has been released and discussed?

Also, they just did a Nancy Drew stream just yesterday. Let's space it out some.

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Stellar QL, well done Abby. Knowledge of the previous games really helped. Don't think she was being overly critical, and pulling up the older game at the end was a really good way to highlight how much worse this one is.

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Clue Crew 2: Electric Bugaloo

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You know, this game doesn't look good, but I guess I was expecting it to be worse based on what I heard on the Beastcast. But I'm also not a fan of the series so maybe my barometer is off.