The full review is below, but here it is condensed version:
- Interesting art style
- Great writing
- Amazing soundtrack
- Game isn't too challenging
- The songs feel awkward sometimes
- The whisperwave hipsters
Until now, I've never been moved so fully by a game so as to write a review. Kentucky Route Zero is one of the best and most intricately orchestrated games I've played in a long time, and,though the game is lurching at first, it's worth the investment.
The game is surreal, poetic, and funny but not to the point of excess in any of these aspects. It's riddled with memory, imagination, the surreal, and how they intersect with reality. And the way these things are portrayed in the game are sometimes quirky, sometimes beautifull, but don't usually seem out of place or forced.
The replayability of it is vast, just as the world the developers created. It's the most complete I've felt a game to be, and, there's so much in it that you will end up missing a lot. By the time you've omitted your first option in the game, you'll want to go back in to see what happens .
The writing, as well, is compelling enough to just be a text adventure. But the developers put an original and interesting art style into the game that makes it so much more worth while to sit and watch.
One might think that usually, games like this lack in any substance as far as soundtracks go. But the sounds of this game make such a complete atmosphere to a point where they seem so natural that it's an almost imperceptible addition to the game. The only portion that seemed awkward at first was the music they included in the game, but once you get past the fact that there's lyrical music in a sidescroller, you realize it's actually good.
The way the they develop the game is almost deceptively simple. You walk, inspect, check your notes, and follow simple tasks. The reality, though, is that this game is dense, and there's rarely a dull moment. The dialouge is compelling throughout, just as the art style is, and though the game doesn't challenge you with heavy puzzler aspects one might expect in a sidescroller, it does create a fluid environment and dialouge that lives inside of it.
This game is one of the best out of 2000's releases, and, hopefully, other's will believe it to be as well. I'd definitely say the game was worth the money I put down. Maybe more.
"Ezra: Do you think they'll start it over after the ending?
Shannon: Yeah, they do that sometimes.
Conway: You want to see the beginning after the ending?
Ezra: Maybe it's better that way."