I completed the game with 1 of the 5 endings on gamer "no hints" mode completed.A great adventure game, with really good FMV sequences that are a lot more memorable and make up for the horrid textures when free roaming. Despite the bad textures. TE has an interesting setting of Blade Runner inspired San Francisco, 2050 where norms and mutants live together. The story mashes together the genius of Nikola Tesla with a quirky witted P.I to create a really interesting story.
The strongest points of TE are apparent as soon as you start the game; the FMV action sequences. Everything about them works well; the characters, make up, acting, directing, and lighting. The actors play out the story very well, and the involvement of Tesla and his inventions were creatively used to create intrigue and spur the story on. It never felt like the story was difficult to follow or boring.
A lot of effort went into how the FMV sequences looked, and it paid off, however the same can’t be said about the free roaming parts. San Francisco in 2050 looks like a dump, with dull, flat textures that really lack in imagination and detail. This also creates a problem when looking for items to collect, because sometimes those items are on a small scale and blend into the background.
The death sequences will sometimes show how you died, which is useful when trying not to repeat the same mistake. However there are times when you’re left questioning it, or you’re learning the boundaries so to speak.
The puzzles hold a certain amount of logic to them, and though you come across them with no initial idea how to execute them, by pressing the right mouse button a radial menu will appear with a “?”; pressing that button will have Tex explain what is needed to be done to complete the puzzle, without giving away the answer.
The way that the dialogue is executed between characters brings up a menu with highlighted options for you to select from, when you have chosen a subject matter that subject is greyed out. This is useful to know what you have and haven’t asked of someone. The multiple selection you have to reply to a conversation
I have never played a Tex Murphy game before this one, but I get a feeling from playing it that the developers played homage to the legacy and the fans together. There are flashbacks and references to previous games, characters hold memories of others, and Tex kept bringing up something about “monkeys in barrels”. Backing at a certain tier probably got photos of the backers into galleries that you come across in the game, which is really cool because Tex has a comment for each one. The ending I got from it also suggested a continuation from a previous game.
A great experience that has generated interest in the previous Tex Murphy games and would love to see another adventure in the series. Though if you’re at that point of considering buying the previous games, check the forums and GOG.com for compatability.