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 (314 Reviews) - 87% der 314 Nutzerreviews für dieses Spiel sind positiv.
Veröffentlichung: 19. Sep. 2013

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“Greater and more sinister things await us in the following episodes. I can't wait.”
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“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.

Systemanforderungen

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • Betriebssystem: XP/Vista/7
    • Prozessor: 2.0 GHz
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 2 GB RAM
    • Grafik: ATI or NVidia with 512 MB RAM**
    • Speicherplatz: 7 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    • Zusätzliche Anmerkungen: ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory
    Empfohlen:
    • Betriebssystem: XP/Vista/7
    • Prozessor: 2.0 GHz
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 4 GB RAM
    • Grafik: ATI or NVidia with 1 GB RAM**
    • Speicherplatz: 7 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    • Zusätzliche Anmerkungen: ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory
    Minimum:
    • Betriebssystem: Snow Leopard (10.6.X)
    • Prozessor: 2.0 GHz*
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 2 GB RAM
    • Grafik: ATI or NVidia with 512 MB RAM**
    • Speicherplatz: 7 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    • Zusätzliche Anmerkungen: * - For Mac systems, an Intel-based processor is required., ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory
    Empfohlen:
    • Betriebssystem: Snow Leopard (10.6.X)
    • Prozessor: 2.0 GHz*
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 4 GB RAM
    • Grafik: ATI or NVidia with 1 GB RAM**
    • Speicherplatz: 7 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    • Zusätzliche Anmerkungen: * - For Mac systems, an Intel-based processor is required., ** - Not recommended for play on Intel systems with integrated/shared video memory
Hilfreiche Kundenreviews
4 von 4 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
21.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 5. September 2015
Trotz aller Mängel ein eindringlicher Adventure-Thriller

Nachdem mich die Komfort-Mängel und andere Treppchen zu Beginn doch etwas vergrätzt hatten, schlug mich die Handlung um die übersinnlich begabte FBI-Agentin Erica Reed doch sehr schnell in ihren Bann und ließ mich erst los, als ich das ca. 20 Stündige Abenteuer erfolgreich abgeschlossen hatte. Erfreulicherweise wurde ich sogar mit einem überraschend zufriedenstellenden Ending belohnt! Darüber hinaus bietet auch das Gameplay viel Abwechslung und Anspruch, sodass ich das Spiel jedem Abenteurer ans Herz legen kann, der der englischen Sprache mächtig ist. Die eher schlampig eingedeutschten Textboxen sind nämlich leider keine Alternative zur englischen Sprachausgabe. Und ganz wichtig: Den Nachwuchs sollte man trotz der milden 12er USK-Einstufung lieber von Cognition fernhalten, denn die Storywriter scheinen doch einigen Spaß mit den Saw-Filmen gehabt zu haben.^^
Bei 10 Euro für die Retail-Version kann man wirklich nicht meckern. Die Steam-Version kostet absurderweise 15 Euro und ist daher nur noch im Bundle-Paket zu empfehlen.

Pro:
- extrem spannende Story und „lebendige“ Charaktere
- sehr gute Implementation von Erica's kognitiven Fähigkeiten
- bietet generell ein sehr abwechslungsreiches Adventure-Gameplay mit interessanten Möglichkeiten (Smartphone, FBI-Datenbank, Multiple Choice-Dialoge, ...)
- vorbildliche Hilfefunktion die nicht einfach plump vorsagt sondern lediglich Tipps gibt
- recht originelle Präsentation im Comicbuch-Stil
- gelungener Soundtrack und Sprachausgabe

Neutral:
- Brutale Serienkiller-Thematik mit Horror-Elementen. Trotz USK 12-Freigabe definitiv nichts für Kinder!

Kontra:
- sehr schwache Charakteranimationen
- dem Menüinterface mangelt es an Komfort
- Episoden-Format, die vier Episoden wirken nicht gerade homogen zueinander (so wurden z.B. sämtliche Apparaturrätsel in die letzte Episode gequetscht)
- mal wieder Schleichwerbung für die Scarlett Furies bei einem Spiel mit Jane Jensen Beteiligung
- dezent träge Spielgeschwindigkeit
- mäßige deutsche Übersetzung der Textboxen, diese verschwinden in Zwischensequenzen zudem viel zu schnell
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
10.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 7. September 2015
Excellent FBI Thrillier with a touch of supernatural from Jane Jensen, creator of the famous Gabriel Knight series.

Erica Reed a female Jack Bauer, being able to look into the past, chases the murder of her little brother a somewhat jiggsaw like nemesis (during play i was more than twice remembered to the movie saw).
The hand drawn graphics are good (very good when thinking of the low budged) and have the style of a comic book. The BGM is very fitting and i already own the soundtrack... but what really shines, is the voice acting including the voice of Raleigh Holmes **love** that give the final kick to this thrilling adventure.

I can recommend this whole series to every adventure fan out there and hope to see more of Erica Reed in the future.
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21 von 22 Personen (95%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
19.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 1. Oktober 2015
Short version: 81%
(Episode breakdown: 95%, 94%, 64%, 79%.)
A paranormal serial murder thriller packed into a point ‘n’ click adventure? It’s easy to sell this concept, harder to actually pull it off. Cognition luckily manages to do that, although not without problems.

Long version:
Psychic cops and serial killers are always a good mix in the hand of capable writers, and Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is a nice example of that. It follows the struggles of the titular FBI agent, who needs to tackle not one, but four different murderers preying on the streets of Boston.
Her story is structured like a television miniseries with four self-contained episodes. Arguably, the first two ones are the best as they remain close to the concept of being about the investigations, while the third episode is just a huge plot dump constrained into a single location, and the fourth hastily ties everything together using a set of rather tired clichés (including the classic ‘you are suspended!’ one).

Still, the plotting is spectacular; each episode has endings that would make you grip the edge of your chair if they wouldn’t also feature the best, most complex puzzles, with perfect music to boot. The developers really knew how to reward patience.
As for the rest of the game, Cognition is a fairly standard point ‘n’ click (with an uncomfortable interface) that adds cognitive powers on top of the usual item manipulation. The use of these powers is not really consistent; there’s one that you invoke maybe three times in the entire story, even though you spend half an hour acquiring it.

Graphics aren’t too spectacular: the backgrounds look good, but the characters are weird and glitchy. The audio is a lot better with a memorable soundtrack, and all main actors do an astounding job playing their (fairly stereotypical) role. It really helps getting immersed in the game, which is always great for thrillers like this.
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12 von 13 Personen (92%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
24.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 21. August 2015
That was a really entertaining adventure/investigation game to play :

+ Good story
+ Nice graphic style
+ Good voice acting
+ Interesing and logical puzzles
+ Rather good music
+ The cognition system, clever and interesting to use
+ Trading cards and achievements

- Moving characters is a bit slow
- 3D models are not all that great
- Starting at episode 3, I had some funny bug with Erica's model : from time to time, after a load or a cutscene, her model was completly freaked out ... hands in air, head pushed back against her back, and head spinning 360° permanently ... funny to watch but kinda breaking the mood. It stops after you start moving her again.
- Some puzzles, though logical, are a pita (especially the one at the end of episode 2, requiring you to remember every insignificant detail of the case ... the map on episode 4 is also difficult, mainly because of the way it's presented)
- Some achievements (especially episode 1) require you to replay, in a slightly different way, almost half of the episode case
- Some dialogues or cutscenes can not be interrupted sometimes, not even sure if it's on purpose or a bug.
- Some inconsistancies : Erica pulling her gun on her partner, entering suspect locations alone ... not very plausible.

Despite those little flaws, it's definitely a recommanded game, imho.

NB : Expect around 20h if you aim for 100% achievements.
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1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
13.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 29. August 2015
This is a wonderful game with a well-crafted and deeply engrossing story. It is basically a point & click adventure with some innovative twists to it. I highly recommend reading the prequel-comics before playing, as it sets out the background very well.

Since this game is so good, I'll get the bad out of the way first:

- Most animations are unskippable, as are some dialogues. If you accidentally click on an object at the other side of the room, you are forced to wait until Erica walks all the way over there and interacts with it before you can continue playing
- Unlike the classic take of point&click games where you could just pick up everything you might ever need, Erica often won't pick something up unless she knows she's gonna use it. This results in having to backtrack and having to go through places you've already searched just to get something you couldn't before.
- It isn't always clear what to do. It feels at times like the game is forcing you to use the hint system.
- Episode 4 drifts away from the standard point & click style and into choice-based dialogues where you die if you say the wrong thing. It isn't as fun as the previous chapters (gameplay wise).


Ok, now the good:
- Great detective story with many twists and turns, interesting characters and a well designed investigation at its center
- Erica's powers provide a very cool and unique take on the genre
- The game remains refreshing, providing new powers and other gameplay mechanics in each chapter
- Fun, challenging puzzles that will make you think outside the box
- Comicbook like graphics that fit the game perfectly
- Wonderful soundtrack that keeps you in the mood

If you're into the genre, this game is definitely worth your money.
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