A New Beginning is a cinematic adventure-thriller done graphic novel-style.
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Release Date: Dec 11, 2012

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Includes 11 items: Deponia, Chaos on Deponia, Goodbye Deponia, The Whispered World Special Edition, The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, A New Beginning - Final Cut, Memoria, The Night of the Rabbit, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes, 1954 Alcatraz

 

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“A New Beginning gives an amazing impression. It's exciting, smart and persistent. The graphics are a genuine eye-catcher and both protagonists grow into complex personalities the player can easily relate to, even grow fond of.”
90/100 – http://www.adventurecorner.de/reviews/228/a-new-beginning

“The dialogues, carrying a serious yet sometimes witty tone are one of the game's major strong points. They give both likeable protagonists depth and personality. The writers have paid attention to even the most delicate details.”
84/100 – Gamestar

“Blending strongly-defined characters into a stunning and memorable backdrop, A New Beginning is an "eco-thriller" that is not to be missed.”
80/100 – Adventure Gamers

About This Game

A New Beginning - Final Cut is a cinematic adventure-thriller done graphic novel-style. In this charming and witty adventure, earth is on the brink of impending climate cataclysm. It's essential to travel the world in order to spare mankind and save the whole from this terrible fate.


Bioengineer Bent Svensson had to resign from researching alternative ways of generating energy. Now the former workaholic lives a secluded life in the remote forests of Norway. His early peaceful retirement is invaded by Fay, a young woman claiming to be a time traveler from the future.
She tries to convince him that she's here to prevent the climate cataclysm from happening and according to her, Bent's research is the last hope to achieve just that.
However, his results are on the verge of falling into the hands of a reckless energy tycoon who cares for nothing but his own profit.
Together, Bent and Fay now have to put an end to the imminent global catastrophe.

Key Features

  • A fully fledged adventure-thriller, tackling on the contemporary issue of global warming
  • More than 100 breathtaking, highly detailed backgrounds
  • More than 20 hours' worth of game time
  • Unique graphic novel style with an hour worth of animated comic cut scenes
  • A masterpiece, written by the creators of 'The Whispered World', 'The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav', 'Harvey's New Eyes' and the 'Deponia' Trilogy

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor:2 GHz (Single Core) or 1.8 GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory:1500 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 256 MB RAM (Shared Memory is not recommended)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor:2.5 GHz (Single Core) or 2 GHz (Dual Core)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 512 MB RAM (Shared Memory is not recommended)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS:Lion (10.7)
    • Processor:2 GHz (Dual Core) Intel
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    Recommended:
    • OS:Lion (10.7)
    • Processor:2 GHz (Dual Core) Intel
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
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Lehelovics Lóri
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
New Beginning has a really awsome and intriguing storyline, it gets you thinkink about the enviroment straight away ! We need more games like this, to raise some more awareness. It has a beautiful artwork, fun and challenging puzzles.
10/10 - for you classic point and click lovers.
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quaixor
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Blatant climate alarmism. No thanks, not in my games.
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MW2K
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
The good
Involving story
Topical and relevant themes
Puzzles are logical and not too difficult
Appealing characters

The bad
The animations aren't great
Some lost in translation issues
Some of the music is annoying
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Phantom Virus
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
Well, I have now played all the Daedalic games that were in the big pack. I'd say the money was well spent. It was around 12 bucks for like 9 games and almost all of them had cards. No, they were not all great games but good enough to be playable. I'd say this one was above the bad ones like Edna and Harvey but still below the rest. The story was good, it was green but you knew it going in. The problem was the voice acting. It wasn't that they were bad, they were good but their acting feld wooden and the editing was choppy. The main female protagonist sounded like she was a computer. The comic book style of cutscenes were good but it made the talking look really strange and all the characters talked like they were puppets. The puzzles were not too hard and I only had to use the walkthrough once or twice. They were not completely outlandish like Edna or Deponia. This game focused on the which was good but needed way better voice editing that doesn't make all the characters sound like computer generated voices. All in all, I'm really glad I bought the pack and I think everyone should, its totally worth the money. Now I'll look forward to their next titles such as the last Deponia game, the next Whispered world and the new games they are working on. I wish them the best and I shall await for them to be on a cheap sale. For now, I doubt I'll be playing any point and click adventure games any time soon.
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Hawkins, Beardmage
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Mediocre at its best. Not worth it, even with German dialogue.
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YubYub
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
just from the get go, the voice acting is poorly cut together, the characters are unrealistic and depressing and this game looks to be a bleak way to spend an afternoon.
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maybay
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Basically, this game is about an ecoterrorist group trying to save the world by decieving, killing people and destroying things, although the main character is against violence. The story was promissing at first, but ended in a rather anticlimatic fashion, though quite surprising.
One more negative point about the story is that if you have some scientific understanding, you will find the sciency stuff in this game very unconvincing. Daedalic should keep making fantasy games.
Gameplay is OK, but you will be frustrated from time to time with the "logic" of the game. In addition, the very fact that this is a Point and Click game makes it sometimes extremely limiting when you need to inspect a certain object to solve a puzzle. Feel free to vist the walkthrough guide from time to time, no need to torture yourself.
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talgaby
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Short version: 73%
‘Terminator’ meets ‘Captain Planet’ in this point ‘n’ click adventure that may be more preachy in its message than it was supposed to be, but it still tells an interesting story with simple, yet entertaining puzzle mechanics.

Long version:
It is difficult to write something about saving our planet from pollution without resorting to tired speeches, but ‘A New Beginning’ almost managed to do that. Almost. While it is not just some pro-environmentalist propaganda, and the theme is integrated well into the story, sometimes the message it tries to convey is little more than a PSA after a Saturday morning cartoon.

Said story is an interesting baggage as well, since it likes to switch narrative styles. Initially, it is a time-travel tale set in the apocalyptic future, as presented by the first protagonist, Fay, who went back to 1982 to convince a retired biologist, Bent, to continue his research into clean energy. This leads into a family drama between Bent and his son, which somehow turns into a James Bond movie against an evil energy mogul who hides in his private fortress in the jungle. And finally, the entire plot just ends in a very Shyamalan-like twist.

Gameplay is almost as varied as the storytelling: we start with relying on inventory-related puzzles in the future segments; dialogues, distraction, and some investigations in the initial chapters set in the present; and finally, old-school point ‘n’ click adventure insanity for the conclusion. This variance is refreshing to some degree, and it usually fits well within the current narrative, but it also feels like as if the game struggles to find its own identity and just experiments with whatever the creators just came up with. The result is an enjoyable, but probably too distracting product that can be recommended to adventure game fans only.
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milo
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
A good story overall on climate change with a nice twist at the end, nice looking graphics and overall well balanced puzzles.

The problems I saw while playing the game to the end were related to the translation (sometimes text in German would still pop-up here and there), some of the dialogues were "broken" (couldn't even read them, automatically skip or too fast) or out of sync, some of the voices were not up to the overall look-and-feel of the game graphics (I would have probably played the game without voice over).

I wouldn't suggest this game to people approaching adventures/point-n-click games for the first time: puzzles were good and well done, but a little bit disorienting at first (sometimes you didn't have a clue of what to do).
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ToastedBones
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
An interesting climate change story, with time travel, dual characters, nice graphics, cool comic strip cut scenes and a nice take on point and click mechanics make for a fun game. But oh ,, my .. lord .. of .. pants .. the voice acting and dialogue is dreadful. Its as if they recorded each word individually and you've dialled an automated call centre for the conversations. I normally enjoy exhausting dialogue trees, but this is so jarring, I would find the path of least resistance most of the time.

This is a real shame as you feel there is some humour hiding behind the poorly translated dialogue and some characters come off as real ♥♥♥♥♥, making you cringe at some of their lines. Thats possibly the point for some characters, but it comes across poorly done and in some instances, just plain wrong,

The problems don't end here, plenty of bugs are scattered throughout, repeated text, scenes out of sync, characters pop around the screen and cut scene crashes. A tip here, if you do get stuck at a crash, you can skip the problem cut scene by hitting escape. These bugs are not frequent enough to be game breakers, but they do break the immersion.

But.. I played til the end, the story and puzzles kept me coming back. It would have been a thumbs up if the dialogue had been implemented better. However, I cannot recommend the English version at full price, so a wobble to a thumbs down for me, but point and click fans should consider it if its in a deal or part of a better package..
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Ciunay_R
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
I played a couple of Daedalic Entertainment point&click games, and they are way too simple compared to the old school adventures, in fact, nowadays it's rare to see many classic actions like "Use", "Pull", "Open", "Close", "Push", etc... which are useful to make you think, by increasing the number of possibilities, or in other words, the difficulty; also, this game is not open world, so there is no exploration, nothing to solve in a certain order... you have no choice: time by time, you are forced in small zones with few characters/elements, and the interaction is limited by this excessive simplicity. Furthermore, combining an item in your inventory with another item in your inventory is another inexistent or superficial aspect of this game; most of puzzles are so intuitive that you are almost guided through the solution, so as you see from my playtime, you can easily complete the game in few hours, which is ridiculous if i remember how many years i spent in '80-'90 era, by playing games of the same genre.

In summary, i'm not crazy for this adventure, but i can't even say it's bad, considering that art and storyline are pretty good. I'd say it's enjoyable overall.
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Diloolie
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
Well, all of the women die, The plot throws in a bad twist at the very last minute, and there are far more deaths than are necessary, even for a grim storyline. All of the people treated as bad guys by the narrative are also not white. Coincidence?

The art is good, but I really don't understand why Fay has to swing her hips when she's otherwise always in a strict, disciplined position. It took me out of the puzzles every time. Unfortunately, the art looks creepy when paired with the voice acting, most of which was frighteningly bad. Duve's actor was the best one, and everyone else was either between "Meh" and "oh god make it stop".

The game has this duality in that it's a puzzle game and a story game, and while the puzzles are pretty good and some were real brain-scratchers, the story was so flat, forced, and nonsensical that the whole game suffers.

There are also a lot of glitches. Half of the time I clicked on an item, the selection text would come up in Cryllic letters, or Italian. Some cutscenes never played at all, and the game crashed at least 3 times. This game is not ready to be published, and I'm annoyed that I had to pay money for it. Even if you like the story, I imagine everyone would be annoyed by the glitches.

If the developers want to make another game in the future, I'd say to stick to the puzzle aspect, don't try so hard to make the story so epic, work on the uncanny-valley-ness of the voiceovers and art, fix the glitches, and create women characters who don't have to be sexy every second, because that's super distracting.
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Vincent von Vulpix
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
Puzzles are alright, but Christ Almighty the story is the most pretenious pile of crap eco-♥♥♥♥♥♥y that I've ever put myself through.

Haven't experienced any game-ending bugs (yet), but I'm certainly expecting one or two given Daedalic's record. Subtitles go out of sync witht he dialog (as well as the lipsync in some of the cutscenes), and occasionally a command will be in a different language, such as Spanish or Russian.
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Mac'Del
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
I never really got into the story and the voice acting isn't very convincing. In comparison to the fantastic Deponia series - which was also developed by DaeDalic Entertainment - A New Beginning is very disappointing.
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Mokofin
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
I don't recommend the game, but only because Steam doesn't have a 'meh' button. The game is not bad per se, some of the puzzles are pretty clever, and the art is nice overall, but the plot is TERRIBLE, the characters are dull and the voice acting is sometimes hilariously ridiculous (plus some subtitles are wrong and/or appear spontaneously in another languages).
If you like P&C, I would rather recommend other games by Daedalic, such as the Deponia trilogy (haven't played the fourth one yet).
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Fabian
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
A New Beginning is a beautiful adventure game. It is not perfect, but the low ratings do the game by far not justice. The puzzles are challenging without being frustrating. But the main reason to play this game is its story and the atmosphere. Especially outstanding is the narrative technique that is used. It is told like a graphic novel and has two main characters and storylines that unfold in parallel.

The game does also have its bad sides, like low resolution graphics and over complicated controls. But luckily these issues fade away as one gets used to it and sucked in by the story.
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roboticsmarts
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
Pros: An amazing story, filled with action, surprises, and time travel! Cons: Buggy as hell:(
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HawtHead™
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
I really like these kinds of games a Daedelic does such a good job, but this is the worst voice acting. Almost forced, mechanical, with inappropiate inflection/emotion in the voices as well.

Though still a good story...would be better with just a music track and subtitles....oh, wait - that is what i resorted to.

I recommend it...just know this is not the best voice acting...or even good voicing.
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[EDF] Shadow Dragon™
( 38.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
I wanted to play this game after I saw the 1st trailer but sadly due to having a lot of games, I've just finished it like one hour ago :P

Let me start with saying that the story is interesting even if the ending is a little bit strange, not what I would have expected, but it offers a story that probably just one game had the courage to tell (Singularity). A New Beginning is about different possible future paths that we, humanity, can take along the way. There's no one future that has 100% certainty, there's like thousands of different paths to take, each leading into thousands of other possibilities.

I will not tell anything about the story since you need to play the game to descover it, but I can say that sometimes is hard to see what you need to do, and it's quite often. Most of the time it's quite hard to see what you need to do to advance the story, lots of tries, saves, reloading and trying again, but you can manage.

There's a lot of characters, and while the characters are nice, the voice over doesn't seem credible but that's not really a problem since you'll understand a lot about these characters while exploring the game and story. Sadly here you find the 1st problem also, the slow loading of the screens between different places, which should be very very fast. Also the graphic engine seems very old, I've wondered since the start... what's the resolution of the game and why does it have... to big black zones on both sides.

The graphic direction is ok, it's like reading a manga book mostly but the slow loading of different section is annoying and sadly won't be fixed since the game was abandoned last year or something like that. The slow loading of different sections will do just one thing: slow you down, just that. Based on the speed of my computer, the loading should have been instant but well... I managed to finish the game even with it.

The inventory is simple to use, fast also, exploring different points of the screen is easy since only what you need to advance the story will be click-able. Also you can't destroy stuff so trying different things won't lead to you losing the game, which is very good. Also the game has an autosave feature, one can save anytime he wants, load also but can't delete the saves... no idea why.

The story offers an interesting opportunity to understand climate changes, and since humanity doesn't give a ♥♥♥♥ about it, the story in this game might really be a path we might one day take. Sadly, I can't say with 100% certainty that the story offered to us is impossible in reality, so you should play the game and see what you think about it.

There's 8 chapters, each with different puzzles, different characters, some interesting and used more, while others used less, which maybe could change in a future "A New Beginning II"?

If you like adventure games, try it, you might find it interesting. Yes it has some technical problems, but none is that powerfull to kill your interest (I hope :P). I liked it a lot and I am quite glad that I've finished the story since well... I care about my home planet. Maybe you care also,


P.S. Maybe Steam can put this game at "A" and not at "T"? For a strange reason I do think that A New Beginning, start with "A".
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
The story has many changing points and has some really good surprising moments and shocking truth for us all (like Deponia and The night of the rabbit).

The graphics are not so my style (miss a bit more details) but at the end they worked really good for the whole game (overseeing movements that arent important for me) and the parts splitscreen reminds me on XIII a bit but decide yourself with the trailers/ screenshots and sound too.

Because of this really important message the game has, the challenging puzzles (you can skip after a short time or use help) and the moment you dont expect i give this game 98 % for point and click fans. I hope you enjoy this game like me (maybe you want buy the game with 33 % or more discount).

P. S. i was kicked 1 time out the game at the end where you only chose the dialogs but thx auto save i waste maybe 1 min and then at the end i skip all texts and the part i kicked out with ESC. Sad that some players have problems to start the game :(
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Short version: 73%
‘Terminator’ meets ‘Captain Planet’ in this point ‘n’ click adventure that may be more preachy in its message than it was supposed to be, but it still tells an interesting story with simple, yet entertaining puzzle mechanics.

Long version:
It is difficult to write something about saving our planet from pollution without resorting to tired speeches, but ‘A New Beginning’ almost managed to do that. Almost. While it is not just some pro-environmentalist propaganda, and the theme is integrated well into the story, sometimes the message it tries to convey is little more than a PSA after a Saturday morning cartoon.

Said story is an interesting baggage as well, since it likes to switch narrative styles. Initially, it is a time-travel tale set in the apocalyptic future, as presented by the first protagonist, Fay, who went back to 1982 to convince a retired biologist, Bent, to continue his research into clean energy. This leads into a family drama between Bent and his son, which somehow turns into a James Bond movie against an evil energy mogul who hides in his private fortress in the jungle. And finally, the entire plot just ends in a very Shyamalan-like twist.

Gameplay is almost as varied as the storytelling: we start with relying on inventory-related puzzles in the future segments; dialogues, distraction, and some investigations in the initial chapters set in the present; and finally, old-school point ‘n’ click adventure insanity for the conclusion. This variance is refreshing to some degree, and it usually fits well within the current narrative, but it also feels like as if the game struggles to find its own identity and just experiments with whatever the creators just came up with. The result is an enjoyable, but probably too distracting product that can be recommended to adventure game fans only.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
An interesting climate change story, with time travel, dual characters, nice graphics, cool comic strip cut scenes and a nice take on point and click mechanics make for a fun game. But oh ,, my .. lord .. of .. pants .. the voice acting and dialogue is dreadful. Its as if they recorded each word individually and you've dialled an automated call centre for the conversations. I normally enjoy exhausting dialogue trees, but this is so jarring, I would find the path of least resistance most of the time.

This is a real shame as you feel there is some humour hiding behind the poorly translated dialogue and some characters come off as real ♥♥♥♥♥, making you cringe at some of their lines. Thats possibly the point for some characters, but it comes across poorly done and in some instances, just plain wrong,

The problems don't end here, plenty of bugs are scattered throughout, repeated text, scenes out of sync, characters pop around the screen and cut scene crashes. A tip here, if you do get stuck at a crash, you can skip the problem cut scene by hitting escape. These bugs are not frequent enough to be game breakers, but they do break the immersion.

But.. I played til the end, the story and puzzles kept me coming back. It would have been a thumbs up if the dialogue had been implemented better. However, I cannot recommend the English version at full price, so a wobble to a thumbs down for me, but point and click fans should consider it if its in a deal or part of a better package..
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
A truely great point and click game as always from Daedalic.
Like with their later games, the Deponia series, they manage to balance the story and events between humour and grave seriousness in a way that makes it into a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I really got attached to the characters as the story progressed. This is a hard thing to do, but Daedalic has made it a red thread throughout their catalogue.

Technically you can see that this game has come of age, but it is a visually beautiful game. With great detail in the scenery, and nice classicaly animated characters, It holds up well. The cutscenes are done in a cartoon strip way and with little animation, but it does fit the style of the game, and I totally buy it, and get sucked right into the story.

The only real downside of the game as I see it, is that the audio sometimes break the immersion. There are some points in the game where characters speak or react in a tone that isn't natural. This does however only occur a few places, and the music and the rest of the dialogue makes up for it.

I really recommend this game to any point and click fan!

PS: Thought I spotted some nuclear plant pipes on the Oslo skyline, Daedalic. This country only has two underground research plants!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
I played a couple of Daedalic Entertainment point&click games, and they are way too simple compared to the old school adventures, in fact, nowadays it's rare to see many classic actions like "Use", "Pull", "Open", "Close", "Push", etc... which are useful to make you think, by increasing the number of possibilities, or in other words, the difficulty; also, this game is not open world, so there is no exploration, nothing to solve in a certain order... you have no choice: time by time, you are forced in small zones with few characters/elements, and the interaction is limited by this excessive simplicity. Furthermore, combining an item in your inventory with another item in your inventory is another inexistent or superficial aspect of this game; most of puzzles are so intuitive that you are almost guided through the solution, so as you see from my playtime, you can easily complete the game in few hours, which is ridiculous if i remember how many years i spent in '80-'90 era, by playing games of the same genre.

In summary, i'm not crazy for this adventure, but i can't even say it's bad, considering that art and storyline are pretty good. I'd say it's enjoyable overall.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
... typical Daedalic point and click adventure game, nice to see a more realistic setting than fantasy, etc. - artwork is better than some of their releases - reminds me of a cheaper Broken Sword... the voice acting is still quite poor though, most voice actors sounding bored... and I think over time that will grate even more.. it's a good setting that seems well done and if you're a fan of the classic point and click adventure game then you could do a lot worse... not bad at all...
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
A New Beginning- Final Cut Fast Review.

Point & Click game, with the usual gameplay, inc. Search the Scene, Inventory Items, Puzzles & Dialogue. 5/10.
Very cool story about Time-Travel & Eco-Disaster. 7/10.
Kinda comic-book looking graphics, that sometimes unravel down the page in panels (like a comic) as the story/ dialogue unfolds. 6/10.
Music was appropriate for the different scenes, & the Voice Acting was fine. 6/10.

All in all, i really liked the story (no spoilers from me, read the Store page), which is why i play these types of games. The puzzles were fairly straight forward once you think about them a bit.
I got this on sale for 99cents, so i got great value for my (almost) $1, but i'm not sure if i'd feel the same if i'd paid the normal $9.99.
If you like Point & Click games with a decent story, then you probably already own this game anyway, but if u don't, & you see it on sale (usually 99cents), then get it for sure.

A New Begining- Final Cut. 6.5/10.

Also, it's a pretty easy Perfect (100% Achievements) Game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
Thie game is a mixed bag. Largely a good point and click adventure with decent plot. However, the voice acting really lets it down. Worth it if you can get it at a bargain price, though,
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
pretty good old fashioned point'n'click! nice time travelling story (with twists) about climat change and the endangerment of our planet. nice backgrounds, interactable objects not obvious, nice cartoon animations of the characters, shame the heavily pixalated contours sometimes.

puzzles are good, inventive, not particularly challenging, it's linear, mostly one objective after another sadly, but not overly easy either (sometimes you have the idea but the execution needs some more thinking...how to get Dr.Braun to the bathroom took me a while). there is humour in the dialogues but A New Beginning isn't an over the top comic poin'n'click as others Daedelic games such as Deponia (I like both genres btw). some minor bugs that don't get in the way of the game.

I recommend it! refreshing, story driven, nice artwork
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
Ok. So the English voice acting...was...at times...truly terrible. This is probably the most disappointing thing about this game - proper voice acting would have made it so many times better. There are occasionally random sentences in German that apparentally didn't get replaced with English, the sound mixing can be uneven, and the acting stilted. Be that as it may - I felt like the acting at least got progressively better over the course of the game - or maybe I just became more accustomed to them..

HOWEVER, I truly became very immersed and invested in the story of the game by the halfway point or so. In the end, this is one of my favorite point-and-click adventures that I have played within the last year.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
I'm giving it a thumbs up for the art style and comic elements, the topic, the intuitive UI and ca. 2/3rd of the puzzles. Made sense, was entertaining and rarely ever was I stuck. I'd like to see more in this style, it is unique, conveys drama and action in ways effective and appealing.

What I didn't like so much was that several times (I'm in the English version) I had Russian labels for the left-click-and-hold menu, 2-3 times the menu would not trigger fully for several attempts (the laundry machine "search" for example), so I was stuck there and had to look up what was supposed to happen. And some storyline elements did not make sense (how would nuclear power plants destroy the Brazilian ecosystem if there is no accident? How can the Stevenson generator make no sense for an underground community if ... that is what they use?).

Overall recommended but a certain polish is missing in my opinion for a "final cut". Consider it if it is below $10 I would say.
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Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
A New Beginning is a point-and-click adventure game. I first played this game a few years ago when I found it in a game store. Having an interest about environment issues, the game got my interest.

The game will let you have fun for some hours, and is worth playing.

Will you be able to save the world? How will you convince the world that your research are the answer to everything?
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Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
I don't normally care about these types of games, but I do buy them from time to time. Most are forgettable. This one I really liked. Now, it is a story driven point-and-click bug hunt type of game with many solutions not evident. The few puzzles were enjoyable, I only skipped one because it was like the many other versions of it I have done in other similar games. This game is well done. Wasn't crazy about the ending, but that is the way it is sometimes.
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Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
+ Very nice aesthetics. The painted backgrounds in particular are very nice.

+ Puzzles make sense! And there isn't need for painful pixel hunting due to the spacebar showing hotspots.

+ Good world building. The story was engaging and I had fun with it.

- I noticed some trouble with lipsync, and the voice acting was ranging from meh ok-to-bad. But the VA was bearable since everything else was good.
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Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2015
To be honest, once you get past the bad voice acting there is a fairly interesting story here. Sure, the climate thing seems tired and apparently there are a few games about the climate out there, but people are over the subject I guess because it's all over the news all the time. Maybe we should have elves and orcs in the news more so we don't have to put up with more games featuring them.

Anyway, if you can get past the voice acting, the occasional incorrect language error then you'll find a not too bad story.

If there was a button in between yes and no, that would be where this falls.
2.6/5
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Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
"A new Beginning" is just a clicker adventure, but this game has a linear story to tell in a post-apocalyptic world where the earth is destroyed by the forces of nature. It appealed to me only because of it's "green" agenda and kept reminding me of the backstory to the Hayao Miyazaki movie Ponyo.

A very short game which may take 5-10 hours depending on your puzzle or problem solving skills. Use your moral judgment carefully and keenly and try to be yourself as you make decisions between puzzles that could decide the future for us all. Definitely worth it on a special, despite the jarringly poor translation and spoken pieces, really clever plot and likeable characters.
It got a 3/5
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Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
This game is pretty mediocre overall but I am glad I played it. If you like point-and-clicks and can handle a game that has a few visible flaws, I would recommend this.

Cons:
Voice acting is a bit sketchy at times. The first area is probably the worst.
I frequently found myself reaching for a FAQ due to hard-to-notice items.
I frequently found myself reaching for a FAQ due to annoying puzzles (this is pretty common for me with most similar games though).

Pros:
The puzzles that do make sense are pretty good. Probably about half or more.
The story and theme are pretty interesting and relevant to today's issues.
I thought the interaction method was novel, without being bad or annoying.
I had fun in general.
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Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
I loved this game and i wan't the sequel really bad. The game's plot was interesting and i just loved artwork and sountrack:P
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Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
This game took me years to finish. The first two chapters? Slow. Plodding. Wooden voice acting. I kept trying to get through it, uninstalling it, booting it up months later (from the beginning) to give up somewhere before the second chapter.

Once I got through the middle everything got better. Everything from the acting to the pacing to the plot. Everything.

I've finally finsihed it. You know what? The beginning is still cheesy and pretty bad. But I'm in tears and so this game did something right.
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Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
Great adventure game with interresting story
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