Indsendt: 15. maj
Tex Murphy was a FMV (full-motion video with real actors) point-and-click adventure series back in 1990. I did not play previous games back then, so this is a newcomer review.
The idea of playing the role of a private detective in a cyberpunk world with a bit of humor is interesting, but the game has its flaws.
- First of all, there are many reminiscences to previous games. They are supposed to touch the hearts of the series veterans, but looked out of place for me. The same can be said about most of the game - many things feel out of place (for example you are in a cyberpunk city, ok, and then you're solving ancient Egyptian puzzles all of a sudden) but I heard it has this cheesy feeling on purpose since all the games were designed like this. Not a design I like, but whatever.
- The story was also a bit hard to follow for me, a couple of times I struggled to understand what I just uncovered while Tex acted like it is clear as day for him. I don't think I could tell you the uncovered story from start to finish even if I wanted to. Perhaps it makes more sense to those who played previous games.
- Graphics outside video sequences are so-so (Unity engine), but they are light years ahead of previous games of course. I don't think I have the strength of will to play the previous ones if navigation there is represented via static images like in old Myst.
In spite of these cons, I'd recommend this game if you like detective stories and adventures.
+ FMV with real actors looks good in Full HD.
+ Gameplay with finding clues and combining things is good if you like adventure games. Puzzles are manageable (I resorted to walkthrough just a couple of times, there is also a casual playing mode where you can skip puzzles if you don't like them).
+ There are multiple endings, too bad I didn't get the things as I wanted In the end (so-so ending without love and such). Choices that lead you to one or another are rather obscure (this is not so good).
Overall, I recommend playing it if you like point-and-click adventures and don't mind the cheesy setting. For veterans of the series it is a must buy I presume.