Tuesday, 6 January 2015

New Romancer

I just completed Neuromancer. I didn't have as much to do as I thought, mostly clearing out the last few AIs before heading after Greystoke and the big beach lover himself. It's a funny game, a mix of straight-up graphic adventure segments with the semi-RPG-ness of the 'net sections. I can't really decide if I liked it that much. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure I'd ever go as far as recommending it to anyone. I did like the writing - I'm not familiar enough with the book to say if it was lifted from there, but it felt above the norm for a computer game. There was quite a bit of wandering about and guess work (though part of that may be because I complete forgot what I was doing in the game over the Christmas break), and the net-running sections got a bit grindy at times, but it was generally good. My overall impressions are that it overstayed its welcomed slightly and that I'll probably have forgotten all about it by next week. It did make me want to read the book, though. Maybe the game would have made more sense if I was more familiar with the book? We'll never know! I think my favourite bit is that it allowed me to make my Neuromantik joke. I'm going to use that again.

Next up is not the randometer but going back to Conquest of the New World, which I said I'd pick up as the first game this year. I'm going to make a start on Ultima 5 next, though, and probably pick at Conquest a bit as I go.

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