Saturday, October 15

Fahrenheit aka Indigo Prophecy

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Fahrenheit. What a dull name for a game. Indigo Prophecy sounds a lot better. I have no idea why they gave it a different name for Europe, but as they say "your name doesn't make you suck, you do it all by yourself" or something like that.

Fortunately, at least I feel so, Fahrenheit does not suck. I think it is a beautiful game and does have some nice ideas. It uses split screens to give a better view of things which are happening and which are important for you to notice. It is almost a cinematic experience, like following a movie.

Sometimes when you are following the cinematics the transition from a cinematics to the game when you have control over your character again is so smooth that at times it takes a couple of seconds before you realize it. That's what you get when the cinematics are done 'in game'. In my book that's a good thing.

The story of a man who happens to be in a wrong place in a wrong time and becomes a fugitive works well and the plot is revealed a bit by bit. You also have more characters to play since you have to play the parts of two detectives who are trying to catch you. This works pretty well and also lets you to see the story from both sides. The only thing I thought let down the story a bit was the explanation for the second force acting at the background, behind the scenes, but, well, maybe that's just me.

The game builds up suspension by involving time in your decision making. You have a number of options to choose, but only a few seconds to make your choice. At times that really puts pressure on you.

Anyway, the game was fun to play and had a good story and plot, but once again it was way too short. Of course you can play the game more than once and pick another options when you have to talk or act, but ultimately it all leads to the same point.
If you don't want to pay the price, then I'm sure in a few months this game can be picked up from a discount box with a lot less.

Fahrenheit is definitely a different kind of a game and probably appeals to different kind of people than 'normal' games do. And in my book that's a good thing too.

Sometimes you just feel all charged up.

Do you also find yourself sometimes surrounded by the law enforcement. What should you do?

Step 1. Run up the wall and execute a backward somersault.

Step 2. Beat up their blue asses.

Step 3. Dodge the speeding bullets while running to get to their colleagues.

Step 4. Kick their asses too.

Step 5. Escape the scene by jumping up on a 30ft high bridge.

After this you can go and please your ex-girl friend

and indulge yourself in a jacuzzi.

Well, maybe that's not exactly how it goes, but it could be.

Vector at Saturday, October 15, 2005

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