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Jul 6, 2014

The Fall Review and System Requirements

I played this game using a keyboard and a gamepad (xbox pad) and the controls are poor - responsiveness is stiff and delayed in both cases but I found it to be a little easier to play with a gamepad due to the funky keys/combination presses and holds you need to use.

There are bugs, really crazy bugs. The game crashed twice on me in my single play through and several times I would start floating through the level ending up in random locations. Also, sometimes when an area loaded I would not be able to control the character at all except for moving around (no shooting/jumping/flashlight/stealth/etc.).

The puzzles are basic - use a thing on this thing to get to the next place. It never really goes beyond that but due to level design you often need to walk around looking for the thing or the place to use the thing for a long time, backtracking is often needed.
The combat is not as good as I was lead to believe. You have a gun, just one, as your weapon and there's only a few different enemy types in the whole game. You can also stealth, but you can't move when stealth. It feels very lacking.

The game is short. Really short, which is good because if the boring combat and tedious puzzles went on much longer I think I would have just quit.

The only really good part of the game is the story and the voice acting, which is excellent except for 3 tremendous flaws. It is absolutely linear which is fine, but you are given "choices" that aren't choices - you must take one specific action to move forward - don't present false choices to me. The overall plot is obvious. Finally, the game/story is incomplete - WAAAAAY incomplete. It felt like just when I was ready for the real story to come into play, it was suddenly over. Booooo!

There's very little redeeming value here, I picked it up on a steam sale and it still wasn't worth it. Fellow game player, don't make the mistake I've already payed for. Move on, find better games and adventures out there in the digisphere.
Verdict: 30/100

System Requirements
  • OS: Windows XP SP3 or later
  • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual core
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GeForce 8600 or equivalent, 256 MB memory
  • Hard Drive: 450 MB available space 
Themes: Another World
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Developer: Over the Moon
Publisher: Over the Moon
Controls: Keyboard, Mouse, Joystick/Gamepad
Flags: Digital Release


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