Anna Extended Edition- Explore The Darker Side Of Human Psyche.
Hey there! Thanks for reading my #2 Review, on Anna Extended Edition. I kind of liked Anna despite the fact that it received Mixed reviews, I honestly feel this game is a gem, and a must-grab during sales and of course, a must-play in your library.
What is Anna?
Anna is a first person immersive puzzle horror that revolves around an unnamed protagonist who finds himself in front of an abandoned house because he saw that house in his dreams. That's stupidity at it's finest, but I would personally go there if it's a woman calling, and same stuff happened here, he heard Anna, calling him. This protagonist enters the house and roams around, doing stuff, and discovers what really happened, and to be honest, the ending wasn't what I expected, but it was sad. It was not predictable.
Anna Extended Edition is developed by Dreampainters. The developers are Italian-based. The company is totally indie, by totally I mean, TOTALLY, T-O-T-A-L-L-Y. This game fits in the definition of Indie. So, I was browsing their site, here you go, http://dreampainterssoft.com
"To design and develop the best narrative games with the highest possible quality.”
And they did, Anna is a hidden gem. The company seems to be composed of fairly young people with minimal experience, and Anna being their first game, and to be honest, they did exceptionally good for their first game. The game is minimalistic. No HUD, Good sound effects, a nice BGM and good visuals. A good combination, something like I want from games.
This game is extremely narrative and hence you should not buy it if you don't like slow narration.
As you know, I'm a soundtrack-♥♥♥♥♥ and hence I would just play this game to hear the beautiful soundtrack.
So, let's start now.
The game is a typical FPS. This is the first game I've played in narrative category, and the second one being Dear Esther(I didn't like Dear Esther). I guess I haven't played enough games to set standard for grading, but still, it's good. Unlike Dear Esther, you solve actual puzzles. You click stuff, you examine stuff, like a Point 'n' Click with FPS. There is an inventory system, and a journal system where the protagonist's darker side is hidden. They're really long, really, but to understand the storyline, I recommend you do that, and complete the game at your own pace.
Typical WASD controls.
Mechanics and Features-
The game is psychological horror so don't expect jump scares. The game gets predictable sometimes but you would still pee in your pants, that's because it's happening exactly the way you don't want. The game won't throw stuff at you directly, but in a random pattern, same places, same stuff, but random moments, when you won't be expecting them. I literally put down my headphones because one such encounter scared me, not 'to death' but still very much.
The game has good collision data, and physics, although, physics don't matter much, but still you would notice some bugged out places in the game. Like a floating chair(NOT PART OF THE GAMEPLAY, ACTUAL BUG BUT STILL SCARY).
Another feature I liked is the 'Truth' feature. You have to examine stuff to remind the protagonist what really happened. This makes you think what is worth examining, although you could examine everything.
There's another minute feature that still adds some fun, exiting the house.
Instead of an average horror movie where the door gets locked, you actually have a choice to exit the house, but the game would end and give you an ending depending upon which moment you ran out of the house. There are achievements for rational thinking like this too!
The plot is boring at first, until you enter the house. Nice BGM with bright colours, my ideal holiday spot, but once you enter, the colours fade, you enter darkness, you'll poop your pants.
The storyline is intriguing, but not at a level you'd want it to be. It's narrative, slow and easy to understand. The storyline has a few plot twists, the ending itself is one.
There are multiple choices, depending upon how you play the game, which alters the final ending. But let me tell you, you won't feel happy. None of the endings is like how you would expect. I kinda expected Anna Ressure..*oops* No Spoilers.
A bit difficult since you don't know what to do unless and until you read the journal, carefully hear the narrations and use common sense.
Good. Not bad. It's an indie, I don't care about graphics but it deserves an 8/10.
Narrative, Slow, Multiple choices, random encounters. Deserves 7/10
I don't have a problem buying it at 10$ but you should wait for sales.
Pls, the one aspect I loved the most <3. Buy the soundtrack.
Worth the money?
Yes, kind of. IF you're a Dear Esther fan or into atmospheric, narrative, horror, psychological, you should get this. Assuming you're new to narrative ones, I'd like you to give this one a try. I don't think you would regret it.
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