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Adventure games - Which is not unduly obvious, as I am about to explain
Adventure games
I doubt that any of my LJ friends play computer adventure games (since I offer to lend out mine and no one seems interested), but anyway, there's a new one out called Paradise. As described at Adventure Gamers, the game takes place in the "African continent in the role of a young amnesiac named Ann Smith. In the third-person, point and click adventure, players must guide Ann on her journey through four unique worlds as she escorts a black leopard back to its home, searching for clues to her own identity along the way. For a (literal) change of pace, the game occasionally switches to real-time 3D, giving players an opportunity to control the panther, whose physical abilities will be essential for Ann to proceed."

This is a game by Benoît Sokal, responsible for the extremely dark yet cartoony Inspecteur Canardo French comic books, who later switched over to making adventure games. An earlier one by him was Syberia, which although it had great graphics, certain minor aspects of its narrative and gameplay soured me towards ever wanting to play it again or to try its sequel. It also made be bear yet another grudge towards the quality issues in certain games issued by The Adventure Company (a branch of DreamCatcher Interactive). I forget what I did with my copy of Syberia. I either gave it away (to pyat?) or buried it somewhere in my closet.

I'm waiting to hear from my parents, hoping they'll get me a copy of Dreamfall for my birthday. It's the sequel to The Longest Journey. Early reviews say it's not so much an adventure game as an extended movie with interactive elements, and leaves the ongoing storyline unresolved, but folks are still positive about it. I had a number of quibbles with TLJ, but damn, great narrative, and I've never seen so much character depth and development worked into an adventure game's protagonist. So I'm pretty sure the sequel won't skimp on plot.

In other news, I made an interesting discovery by accidentally going a Google search for "cute overlord" instead of "cute overload".
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pyat From: pyat Date: April 29th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yo! I got it.
dronon From: dronon Date: April 29th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent! The game has many positive qualities, I've just got very particular tastes. :)
auriam From: auriam Date: April 29th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I play adventure games... 1, you don't have to play with other 'real people,' so you don't have to worry about what they think of you, 2, you always get to be the hero, and 3, the worlds in adventure games actually mean something and you can actually have an effect on them...
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