REVIEW | Video Game – Remember Me

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I am nearing the end of finals, which means that I’m having a lot of motivation issues. The fact that we currently have a subscription to Playstation Plus doesn’t help either. Nor does the fact at this month’s free downloads for PSP actually feature some games that I’m really excited about. The last three days I’ve been just about non-stop playing Remember Me and I am absolutely loving it.

The game is set in the dystopian world of Neo Paris, which is rife with societal unrest. The core of this unrest lies in a technology that we have developed,  “Sensen” that allows us to relive any of our memories. As you can imagine, this has provided some complications – people use the memories like drugs, forgetting to live their lives, while corporations abuse the power they have over the human population that is addicted to the Sensen. The class divide is huge, with the upper class having robotic servants and the poor having little more than an aluminum roof over their heads. The divide reminded me a lot of the Capitol from the Hunger Games, and if the people in the “rich” section of Neo Paris (where the game is set) were dressed a little more eccentrically, I could easily believe that it was a spin off.

The story itself is very intriguing – I love distopian story lines – but it feels like something is missing. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but there is something.

My favourite thing about this game though, is that the main character is female! And not only a female, but a fully clothed female! True, Nilin’s clothes are very tight (I swear some of her clothes were modelled onto a naked rendering and just coloured differently), but it’s still refreshing to be able to play a woman as a default, rather than a man. And she is not only a woman, but a badass woman who very regularly kicks the butts of strong, armoured men. Talk about awesome.

As for the actual gameplay, I feel like it could have used a bit more polish. I can’t help but compare it to the Assassin’s Creed games, especially the Ezio generation of the games, which are the best in my opinion. The gameplay is very similar in a lot of ways – you jump across distances that would be impossible for normal people, you scale sides of buildings that wouldn’t be possible in the real world, but it’s just not as smooth as it is in games like Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. The fighting style is also clumsy – the combinations themselves should be easy to get the more powerful moves, but the timing has to be just so or you miss the combination completely. And for someone like me who gets a rush of adrenaline from fighting games and mashes the buttons quickly, this is a problem. I only just started to master the slow rate of button hitting that I needed for the game when I finished the storyline and I wish I could have concentrated on other things when I’m fighting, like watching who is about to attack me.

The best part of the game play is a special power that only Nilin has – the ability to “remix” memories. Essentially she goes into her target’s mind and finds little glitches in their memory that she can change to make them remember something differently. It can be as simple as thinking that they caused an accident, rather than someone else, and as complex to thinking that someone they loved died. It’s really fun! Unfortunately it didn’t come up nearly as much as I was hoping, though the tie in with the story, especially towards the end, made it really controversial and exciting.

All in all, I really loved this game. It’s super fun, even if some of the game play mechanics are a bit frustrating. The story and the characters definitely make up for it. I’d give it a 8/10, if I were to do a ranking thing. Maybe I’ll start ranking my reviews, we’ll see!


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