Game:Gerda: A Flame in WinterPublisher:Don’t NodDeveloper:PortaPlayGenre:AdventureTested for:SwitchAvailable for:SwitchUSK:12Released in:10 / 2022
That the first game not created in-house by the now acting as publisher Life is Strangemaker Don’t Nod (now with spaces) has some things in common with the flagship work of the French, should not be a coincidence: Also in Gerda you will experience an adventure with a profound story in which decisions and personalities play decisive roles.
The namesake is a young nurse who got caught between the fronts in a Danish village occupied by the Nazis in 1945 when her husband was suddenly arrested. In trying to help her husband, she has to juggle resistance, occupiers and conflicts of interest with other residents. Gerda visits locations in town, conducts conversations and does smaller tasks: Puzzles are rare and there is no action at all, but your dialogue and action decisions play the main roles – very different endings are possible and a decent part of the game is not in just one run to experience. Almost every action leads to consequences such as changes in the reputation of different parties or people, after each section follows a diary entry with Gerda’s assessments that influence your personality traits. All of this and what you have in your inventory can subsequently enable alternative courses of action, change their chances of success or block them entirely. There is no “right” solution to the topic, many decisions are serious: If you help one person, this will often have drastic consequences for others.
Opinion & Rating
Ulrich Steppberger says: Phew – Gerda’s adventure will hardly make you happy. But without a doubt, I find the young woman’s career fascinating, because experiencing the subject from such a perspective is not only interesting, but also successfully implemented. The role-playing corset may seem a bit obtrusive here and there, but the diverse decision-making options and their noticeable consequences are convincing – the Telltale adventures have never managed that so impressively. I can also overlook the frequent loading pauses and the technically mediocre graphics.
Immersive adventure with intelligent game systems and a lot of freedom of choice.
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