Monday, 8 August 2011

Phantasmagor(i)a the Explorer

That's Phantasmagoria 1 and 2 done and dusted. The first was incredibly straightforward and fairly short - a bit of a first toe dipped in the FMV water. The second felt like a better game to me, but after I've thought about it, I decided that's probably more to do with the fact that it was a much better made film with higher production values than the first. The actual 'game' elements are still incredibly simplistic. In fact, they're possibly even more so in the second. For example, when talking to people you often have to click on them multiple times to get the full story from them. There's no dialogue options, they've just split the recorded conversation up into three parts and you have to click on them three times to get all of the options. It's just done to string the game out (or make it feel less like a film), and felt odd to me. In some respects it felt much more like a film than a game, but I actually enjoyed it quite a lot - definitely much more than the first one (which I didn't hate, it just wasn't as good as the second one). What with that and Gabriel Knight 2, which I finished a while back, I'm beginning to think the FMV-fests of the 90s weren't actually as bad as I always thought they were.

Playing Kingpin now for a change of pace. Sweary, shooty, FPSy bangbang. Fairly good fun so far, although the character animation is odd, giving people constantly wobbling faces.

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