After playing through this game I really wish I had the chance to play the first, but seeing as I did get to play the second one lets just give you the review for that. In this game you are going to get the chance to play as a couple of different characters, but mainly you are going to be playing the part of Max and his wife Lara. The game starts of where the two are on vacation, and it turns out that there has been an art theft in the city you are staying in. You are asked to check it out, it seems routine enough, but as so many gamers can tell you, that mindset will always doom the characters. As the mysteries deepen, and the players involved become more complex, you might have to end up having to put the fate of one or more individuals on the line.
Graphically this was a great looking game. Each character not only looked different but their different styles, it gave them instant depth, and you quickly learned to trust some characters and be weary of others. The different venues that you will be going through were also very well done. You will be traveling to museums, harbors, houses, churches, ruins, and more, each captures an image in your mind that reinforces the mood of the game at that current moment.
Now lets get to one of the well done, and sadly tangled pieces that hurt the game overall. As many of you know, I am a SUCKER for fully voiced dialogue, and this game has it, the unfortunate thing is that there are quite a few times during the speeches of the secondary characters where the order in which the subtitles and audio files DO NOT match up. This caused quite some confusion for me the first time, and then later on when it happened, a couple more times, it was just a distraction that took me away from what is otherwise a very solid game.
The controls are very straight-forward. You are going to be pointing and clicking your way through the game. You will need to do this to combine items, solve puzzles, talk to individuals, and of course move around the screen. It's also a idea to use the 'J' key to pull up your journal, that thing had a tendency of saving my ♥♥♥ when maybe I didn't read through something thoroughly enough.
So as mentioned before you are going to get to play as a couple of characters, and the story that they are all a part of is something that had me wanting to keep playing the game. Now for some reason there were times where I didn't have a choice as it seemed the ability to go back to the main menu disappeared. I would just get a black screen, but if I hit the ESC key again I could go back into the game. If you too suffer from this, have no fear, if you move anywhere in the game, which causes a change in scene, the game autosaves. So what you can do is once you hit the black screen just Alt-F4 out, and the next time you play you can just click on the continue option.
Enough about the main menu issue, though. Let's get down to the game. There's going to be an artist flare to the whole thing, which plays nicely into the fact that Max is one hell of a painter. In some regards this level of polish in the game is what I had expected from Moebius Empire Rising. The character animations, though sometimes a bit slow on the walking aspect, where spot on. There was emotion in the characters, but not completely over the top. Each character had such a unique personality, I believed each and every one of them. I started to fear some of the characters, and started to really get pissed at others. So the developers and writers of this game were spot on. The degree of difficulty in this game wasn't extremely high, but there is something about this game where it was no walk in the park, there was a scoring mechanism added into the game after a while, but it wasn't anything that would stop you from being able to further the story if you were not perfect.
I wish I could tell you about some of the characters, some of the twists, some of the puzzles, and all the rest, but that would be a grave injustice. You see, even though the audio files might have gotten mixed up, and maybe there was a weird bug with the main menu, I was still able to get through the entire thing, and at the end I wanted more. That's the kind of game that I love to play, and I hope that we can see more from this game, and more of this type of game in the future. This game, hands down, gets a score of 9.3 out of 10.