Game:ImmortalityPublisher:Half Mermaid ProductionsDeveloper:Sam BarlowGenre:AdventureTested for:XSXAvailable for:XSXUSK:16Released in:10 / 2022
Sam Barlow took care of the FMV drama in 2015 Her Story caused a sensation in the indie sector with unusual game design. The successor Telling Lies Although it relied on a similar mechanism, it struggled with many quirks that hampered the fun of the game. The one available in Game Pass Immortality is now building on old successes again. The story is about actress Marissa Marcel, who made three films in her career, but they were never released and Marissa disappeared from the scene. Based on private recordings, sample scenes and the final film sequences, you will decode the story of Marissa bit by bit.
Playfully, this is similar to in Her Story, but the principle is simplified and is therefore more comfortable for console players. In Her Story you had to type words to unlock scenes containing that text. This time you can pause the image at any time during a scene and just click on an object or a face. You will then end up in a new scene with a similar item. The principle gets tedious towards the end and sometimes feels very arbitrary, but it is extremely exciting for the first few hours. One of the reasons for this is that the films also have surprises in store that we don’t want to anticipate for you. Also commendable are the mostly very good acting performances and that the makers don’t shy away from unpleasant scenes with blood, sex and blasphemy.
Opinion & Rating
Steffen Heller says: At first I was really confused. “Where’s the tension supposed to be here?” It rang through my head. But once I got involved with the concept and entire stories and films unfolded from the individual snippets, I couldn’t stop. This works particularly well because you keep ending up in new scenes without any major problems. It’s just a pity that the carrot originally intended by the developers left me cold in the end. My big highlight are the scenes that you rarely see in games and that deserved the term “cringe” in previous FMV games.
Immersive FMV adventure with three movies and a big story that runs out of juice near the end.
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