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After returning to the quiet streets of Paris to pursue a life of painting, Gus Macpherson could not escape his true art…
Release Date: Nov 1, 2002
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Includes 7 items: Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals, Scratches - Director's Cut, Still Life, Still Life 2, Syberia, Syberia II, Post Mortem

Reviews

“Beautifully conceived and just as well executed.”
88% – ActionTrip

“A creepy, challenging, intelligent and atmospheric thriller.”
75% – JustAdventure

“Tells a compelling story in an interesting way, and offers some novel twists on the occult murder theme.”
87% – PC Gameworld

About the Game

STEP INTO A PURE THRILLER IN WHICH NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS!


After returning to the quiet streets of Paris to pursue a life of painting, Gus Macpherson could not escape his true art…


The former New York detective finds himself walking the beat once again, when hired by a sensuous woman to investigate the gruesome beheadings of her sister and brother-in-law. In the dark and mysterious streets of Paris and plagued by his clairvoyant sixth sense, Gus will uncover a conspiracy written in blood, with rituals and artifacts as old as time itself.

Key features:

  • Stunningly beautiful 360° panoramic views
  • Rich and intriguing characters
  • Detailed, realistic environment
  • Multiple game paths integrated into the story
  • Original and creative puzzles
  • Prequel to Still Life adventure game

System Requirements

    • Operating system:Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7
    • Processor:1.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory:512 GB
    • Hard disk space:1GB
    • Video:Video Card with 64MB dedicated memory
    • Sound:Sound card with DirectX 9.0c support
    • DirectX®:9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
387 products in account
7 reviews
2.3 hrs on record
This is the zeroth entry in the Still Life series and is an interesting if at times buggy adventure game with a few slow moments but the puzzles, story and atmosphere really make up for all that, well worth playing if you're an adventure game fan looking for something a bit different (Victorian era France anyone?)!
Posted: January 19th, 2014
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
157 products in account
12 reviews
4.0 hrs on record
Creepy atmosphere, and very good for an old game. It is a bit difficult though, so may require the use of a walkthrough.
Posted: January 24th, 2014
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
173 products in account
5 reviews
5.6 hrs on record
I like it... for the way I played it. Until bugs.

Despite not being terribly attracted to horror games, I was impressed enough with Syberia to want to see another set of games by the same group, and I decided to start with the "prequel". I sincerely hope the others are better as games, honestly.

Based on the other reviews, I have been pretty much treating this like a more interactive version of a graphic novel; rather than pixel-hunt and flail around in the dialogue trees, I grabbed a guide almost from the start. The small amount of play I did without it, combined with my memory of the beautiful but hard-for-the-wrong-reasons Syberia games, have me very certain that I would not have enjoyed it as much if the plot was delayed by my having to figure out which items matter, which of many logical solutions the game is actually trying for, what odd result will be achieved by certain (non-reversable) dialogue options, etc.

The graphics are okay, but the majority of the scenery is designed as trompe l'oiel; flat images that (when seen from the right angle) look 3D. The problem being that even though you can only stand in certain places in each room/area, they didn't re-render the flat scenery, so depending on where you are standing, the graphics can look either very realistic, or like you have stepped into a surrealist painting. A few key structures in rooms are immune to this, as are any people or objects you will need to interact with. It's not game-breaking, but especially combined with a play style that encourages you to look closely at everything, it is very noticeable. Especially when the scenery includes people.

Despite that, I was enjoying my more-interactive-graphic-novel until I hit a bug where certain (important) documents I had picked up weren't actually readable. :-( I found there is a thread from a couple of months ago in the Discussions about someone else having the same problem. Until I can solve that, I will definitely not be playing this game any further (as not getting all the story makes this entirely pointless for me), and likely won't be playing the Still Life games, since I really would like to finish the prequel before I play the rest of the series.

So, for the moment, it would be a bit sadistic of me to recommend the game. If you are okay with the risk of game-breaking bugs and spending a lot of flail time, go for it; the parts of the game that work are interesting and well-done. If not, skip this one for a while, until you see posts indicating that the major bugs have been updated out of existence. :shrug:
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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4 of 22 people (18%) found this review helpful
218 products in account
10 reviews
4.2 hrs on record
Game is broken and unplayable. After starting this game multiple times, I'm finallly realizing that it's just a lost cause. This game came out about 10 years ago, and was a crappy game even then. It's a simple point and click mystery game. However, actually finishing the mystery is one part skill and two parts luck that a bug won't pop in and make the game impossible to finish. Don't buy this one, even if Steam is giving it away for free.
Posted: December 31st, 2013
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0 of 24 people (0%) found this review helpful
341 products in account
180 reviews
1.9 hrs on record
Boring as ♥♥♥♥.
Posted: February 13th, 2014
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