FBI agent Erica Reed has an uncanny talent: she can see the past and piece together how a crime unfolded. But not even this sixth sense could save her younger brother, Scott, from a brutal serial killer. Three years later, the investigation into Scott’s murder has gone cold -- but Erica’s work has only just begun.
Nutzerreviews: Sehr positiv (146 Reviews)
Veröffentlichung: 19. Sep. 2013

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31. Juli

Cognition: Game of the Year Edition!


We're very excited today to announce the release of Cognition: Game of the Year Edition!

Thanks to the amazing support of our community, Cognition won SIX 2013 Reader's Choice Aggie Awards this year, including Best Adventure Game! In celebration, we've added a ton of new bonus content - director commentary, concept art, videos, outtakes, and more! Plus some bug fixes while we were at it. :)

The GOTY edition has been marked down to $14.99, and also now comes with Volume 1 of the award-winning soundtrack by Austin Haynes, featuring the single "The Taking" by Robert and Raleigh Holmes.



We hope you enjoy the new edition of the game and thank as always for your amazing support of Phoenix Online & Cognition!

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4. Juni

Indie Royale Phoenix Bundle!

Introducing the Indie Royale Phoenix Bundle! For the next week only you’ll be able to purchase Cognition Episodes 3&4, The Cat Lady, Lost Civilization, Face Noir and Reperfection as part of a bundle at a discounted price with a secret game that is yet to be revealed.

Click here to view the bundle.

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Reviews

“Greater and more sinister things await us in the following episodes. I can't wait.”
http://indiegames.com/2013/01/cognition_an_erica_reed_thrill.html

“It is soaked with gloomy style, is gorgeous to look at and listen to, sets up its plot points with great precision, and takes off in the third act as it builds to a huge climax with a disquieting final shot that makes me genuinely eager to play the second episode.”
3.5/5 – Adventure Gamers

“An exciting story, an interesting main character, challenging puzzles, and a grandiose. atmosphere make for me this first episode a worthy spiritual successor of the Gabriel Knight series, which hopefully will be even better with each new episode. Besides The Walking Dead is the best for me so far (serious) Adventure game experience of the year.”
85% – Adventure-Treff

Season One

Order the Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Season One to get all four episodes (The Hangman, The Wise Monkey, The Oracle, and The Cain Killer), plus the prequel e-comic, Provenance!

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Über dieses Spiel

FBI agent Erica Reed has an uncanny talent: she can see the past and piece together how a crime unfolded. But not even this sixth sense could save her younger brother, Scott, from a brutal serial killer. Three years later, the investigation into Scott’s murder has gone cold -- but Erica’s work has only just begun.

Jump into Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, the exciting four-part series that brings Erica face to face with the deranged demons of her past. A serial killer is loose in Boston -- one who seems to be leaving deliberate clues that only Erica, with her unique post-cognitive abilities, can uncover. Is she finally on her way to solving Scott’s murder? Or, blinded by vengeance, is she falling into a trap that could cost Erica her life? And how does this new killer know her secret?

Winner of six 2013 Reader’s Choice Aggie Awards, including Game of the Year, this edition of Cognition includes everything in the original game, plus brand new director commentary for all 4 episodes and exclusive content including concept art, storyboards, outtakes and other behind-the-scenes material about the development!

Developed by Phoenix Online Studios (makers of the King’s Quest spin-off The Silver Lining), with contributions from veteran game designer Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter) and comic book artist Romano Molenaar (Batman, X-Men, The Darkness), Cognition is a thrilling adventure that grips you and won’t let go.

Systemvoraussetzungen

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia with 512 MB RAM**
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia with 1 GB RAM**
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard (10.6.X)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz*
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia with 512 MB RAM**
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: * - For Mac systems, an Intel-based processor is required., ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory
    Recommended:
    • OS: Snow Leopard (10.6.X)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz*
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia with 1 GB RAM**
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: * - For Mac systems, an Intel-based processor is required., ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory
Hilfreiche Kundenreviews
3 von 3 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
25.4 Std. insgesamt
Bedrückend dichte und sehr spannend erzählte Serienmörder Geschichte mit einem facettenreichen Adventure Gameplay. Wunderbar gezeichnete Hintergründe, ein sehr schöner und düsterer Soundtrack und grandiose englische Sprecher mit hervorragenden Dialogen. Die Rätsel sind immer logisch, es gibt einige etwas härtere Nüsse, jedoch kommt man eigentlich immer weiter.

Einzige Negativpunkte sind gelegentliche Bugs und für mich die Polygon Charaktere. Mir hätte es deutlich besser gefallen wenn diese auch gezeichnet gewesen wären da die 3D Modelle erstens nicht sonderlich gut aussehen und zweitens sich schon vom grandiosen Hintergrund doch abheben und leider nicht so gut integriert wirken.

Eine absolute Adventure Perle in 4 Episoden und einer ordentlichen Spieldauer. Ein must-have für Adventure Freunde. 9/10
Verfasst: 19. August
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
2.1 Std. insgesamt
Ein sehr schönes Adventure.

Da die einzelnen Kapitel schon mehrmals in diversen Indie Bundles zu finden waren, sollte sich vermutlich jeder schon einmal selbst davon ein Bild machen können. Kapitel 1 war auf deutsch spielbar, leider warte ich noch immer auf deutsche Texte für die anderen 3 Episoden.

Jedenfalls bietet das Spiel neben einem modernen Grafikstil auch eine tolle Kriminalgeschichte. Die Ermittlungen werden zudem mit speziellen Fertigkeiten der Protagonistin interessant gestaltet.

Alles in Allem sollte sich jeder Spieleliebhaber dieses Spiel zumindest im Deal mitnehmen, oder aber so die restlichen Kapitel dazu ergänzen und dann alles in einem Stück durchspielen. Wie ich anfangs erwähnt habe, liegen die Übersetzungen für die letzten 3 Kapitel immer noch nicht vor, was wohl derzeit dem mangelnden Umsatz zuzuschreiben ist. Nichtsdestotrotz sollte ein durchschnittlich gebrochenes Englisch dafür ausreichend sein, notfalls gibt es ja auch Online-Hilfeseiten. Und wer weiß, je mehr Käufer sich noch finden, desto wahrscheinlicher und eher gibt es noch eine deutsche Lokalisierung. Man muss es nach dem Kauf ja nicht sofort als nächstes Spiel durchspielen. :-)
Verfasst: 9. Oktober
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34 von 36 Personen (94%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
19.6 Std. insgesamt
Cognition is an adult graphic adventure about lost, revenge and fate.

Story is really well done and progresses nicely without feeling forced, most puzzles are logical, all characters are complex and have motivations that you can understand, this is helped by the great voice acting.

The game has a supernatural twist, but it doesn't feel cheesy and works well in the game for the most part, allowing for some very interesting mechanics.

DIfficulty is well balanced except a couple puzzles that might require an effort, but everything is feasible and can be deducted logically, no need for weird guessings. There are a few moments where you can actually die, but it's not frustrating since the game allows for fast retrying.

All 4 episodes are quite good, but the third one is weaker because it focuses on a single location, although it's needed to move the plot further and get ready for the final of the game, so it can be forgiven and it's not bad anyway, just not as good as the other 3 episodes.

The game has a few technical bugs, like the character moving through objects, but none are gamebreaking, just a few little annoyances.

Overall I greatly enjoyed the game and highly recommend it to anyone looking for an adult graphic adventure with an interesting plot.
Verfasst: 28. Juni
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15 von 18 Personen (83%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
25.8 Std. insgesamt
Good game for detective stories fans :) As I am. You'll notice some bugs, but rather funny than annoying :) (see: the gallery) The game is not only point&click, has some action you have to take right...or die ;) Great story, great hangman's face look (scary! I still see him in my dreams), and what's the best - you feel like being the detective, inside the story, which I like most.
Verfasst: 5. Juni
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6 von 7 Personen (86%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
14.4 Std. insgesamt
Review of all 4 episodes

I was ambivalent about recommending this game. It's in dire need of editing (both in the story and in the gaming elements) and full of technical problems. It's almost reaching the "so bad it's good" end of the spectrum. And yet it's also fun and beautiful and original. I'm giving it a yes because I'm a sucker for lovable trainwrecks, but only if you buy it heavily discounted. Because while I'm all for supporting devs that create a project of love (which this game clearly is), for that asking price I also want a polished experience (which this game CLEARLY isn't).

Here's a rundown of what to expect:
  • A very convoluted story of the crime/supernatural B-movie variety, that tries its damnedest to twist whenever a twist is possible, and also when it's not. It often makes no narrative sense, yet it has moments when it's surprisingly gripping. I also appreciate the bleak and mature atmosphere it tries to convey. Treat it like a paperback novel, one that's not winning any awards, yet is fun if you don't take it too seriously.
  • Characters so weird that they're occasionally interesting, with inexplicable/over the top motivations, often completely unlikable (which makes them occasionally very likeable - which, again, is weird).
  • Puzzles covering the whole range from the very original, refreshing, interesting and satisfying to the "so obvious it's funny" and "so unnecessarily complicated and counterintuitive it's clear someone was trying too hard". Add to that some mind-numbingly boring fetch quests, a bunch of questionable QTEs of the "die 5 times in order to figure the puzzle out" variety and a later added "trust" system that completely undermines any meaningul storytelling coherence, and you can officially say this game has it all. Yes, that was sarcasm. Or not, your mileage may vary.
  • An honest if somehow flawed effort at gameplay progression and variety from episode to episode. Every chapter introduces new gameplay and puzzle elements, that for the most parts add to the game. Though again, when you try to do everything, chance are few you'll get anything right. Often you're just left baffled at why oh why no one told these devs that not EVERY idea they come up with needs to be implemented in one single game.
  • Gorgeous comic-book visuals, at least while nothing is moving. Once a character starts to walk though, we verge on "so bad it's good" territory.
  • Great soundtrack, good sound design overall, very hit and miss (mostly miss) voice acting.
  • Poor, though not horrible, UI.
  • A very mediocre hint system that tries not to ruin immersion yet often lets you down (especially when later on the story becomes so confusing you don't have a clue what you're doing next).

    Most importantly, you should be aware to expect:
  • Glitches. Oh the glitches. Hilarious dancing characters, persistent floating objects, clipping, dialog skips, dialog repetitions, and so on and so forth. Also: Occasional crashes. Overall: General technical incompetence. This is again one of the areas where you've got it all, from utter frustration to incredible "so bad it's epic" laughs. If it's any consolation, most of the glitches and bugs are not game breaking (though you may need to be prepared for the occasional restart from the latest save point).

    So after all this, why did I click yes? Because this game has moments of sheer brilliance. Even if they are drowning in a sea of near misses, complete disasters and epic fails. It tries really really hard to include everything and your dog, and in the end it succeeds in very little. It's very often like watching a trainwreck. And yet those moments of brilliance in it are geniunely fun to play. Despite all the problems (and sometimes because of them), I had fun with this game.
Verfasst: 10. Juli
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