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.
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Datum vydání: 19. zář. 2013

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31. července

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. června

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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Recenze

“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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Informace o hře

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.

Systémové požadavky

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
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7 z 7 osob (100%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
28.1 hodin celkem
Lidé chcou ve hrách fantastický příběh, ale když ve hře je, tak si lidé začnou stěžovat na to že je špatná grafika, ve hře je tuny chyb, ve hře jsou špatné animace, a nevím co ještě, a na příběh si ani nevzpomenou. Jen si vzpomeňme na příběhově geniální Deadly Premonition. Hra byla rozhodně amatérská práce, animace postav se měnili jedné za druhou atp. ale fanoušky si našla z jednoho důvod - byla odlišná od všeho ostatní, a to hlavně díky skvělé práci na příběhu. Deadly Premonition měl něco co mnoho dnešním hrám schází - srdce. Ale přesuňme se k právě recenzované hře. Cognition není ani tak známá hra a tudíž je možné že ste o ní ani neslyšeli. Pokud se budeme bavit o samotné hře tak si nejspíše vzpomenete na Walking Dead od Telltale, osobně má hra nemálo společného. Osobně jsem se dostal ke hře po tom co jsem slyšel že se autoři nechali inspirovat například Heavy Rain, který jsem však nikdy nehrál takže nemohu posoudit jak moc se hra inspirovala. Musím říct, že to co jsem za těch několik hodin prožil je jedno z nejlepších herních zážitků které jsem kdy zažil. Fantastické stupňování děje ve kterém se ze začátku vše tváří jako nikde nic, a ke konci hry vám už jen neustále padá čelist z dech beroucích okamžiků. Příběh také doplňují úžasné komiksové kresby které nemají konkurenci. Kdybych Cognition zatím měl shrnout tak je příběhově naprosto na vrcholu, a představuje snad lepší příběh než v Deadly Premonition, a to už je sakra co říct. Hned k začátku můžete také slyšet fantastický soundtrack ke kterému nelze nic dodat, to musíte slyšet osobně. (Jen škoda že se neprodává na Steamu) Také mě překvapili puzzly, které sice nejsou nejlechčí, ale většinou jdou zjistit bez problému i bez použití návodu. Samotná 3D animace a zpracování není špatné, někdy vypadá opravdu fajn, ale občasné odporné textury už tak fajn nejsou, ale to se dá překousnout. Více mě vadili chyby, kterých je tu celkem dost. Často se mě stávalo že postava začla mluvit, a do toho začla klábosit druhá. Nejhorší však byla druhá kapitola, kde jsem narazil na kritický bug který jsem nikdy nevyřešil - jednalo se o začátek dialogu kdy prostě a jednoduše dialog nechtěl začít, a oficiální podpora mě moc nepomohla. (Rozehrání od znova na jiném počítači pomohlo, ale doporučuji aby si uživatelé ATI/AMD dávali značný pozor). Někde šlo také o pár komických situací, například hned v první kapitole si postavy neustále sedávali vedle křesla atd. Vzhledem k tomu že jsem vše napsal poněkud chaoticky tak to shrnu takhle: Cognition má naprosto fenomenální příběh, skvělé dialogy, nádherné komiksové cutscény, nádherný soundtrack ale poněkud zaostává po grafické stránce, a poněkud slušné množství chyb je celkem svinstvo. Takže stojí hra za skoro těch 30 eur? Suma je to slušna ale rozhodně stojí, dle mě je Cognition mnohem lepší než i neustále vychvalovaný Walking Dead od Telltale (Mimochodem, Walking Dead se mě opravdu líbil, v žádném případě to neberte že se mě Walking Dead nelíbil!) a příběhově nemá naprosto žádnou konkurenci. Avšak pokud jste nerespektující vůči chybám, a Deadly Premonition jste nedohráli kvůli chybám tak si nejsem jist jestli je Cognition úplně ta nejlepší volba. Takže to jde říct tak. Pokud chcete geniální příběh za cenu horšího vizuálu berte Cognition, jestli radši vizuál a perfektní animace postav tak berte hry od Telltale.
Přidáno: 5. června
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33 z 35 osob (94%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
19.6 hodin celkem
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.
Přidáno: 28. června
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13 z 16 osob (81%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
25.8 hodin celkem
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.
Přidáno: 5. června
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6 z 7 osob (86%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
14.4 hodin celkem
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.
Přidáno: 10. července
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3 z 3 osob (100%) ohodnotilo tuto recenzi jako užitečnou
9.8 hodin celkem
This game is pretty good! If you like the newer Telltale games then you will like this one! Real good story and real good comic book style drawings and good music to set the mood.Do you have what it takes to help Erica !! Give this one a shot if you think you do !!!
Přidáno: 14. června
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