TITLE: Remember Me
DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER: DON’TNOD Entertainment/Capcom
PRICE: $50 US
TYPE: Physical (Retail Disc)
“Remember to Live. Live to Remember.”
Have you ever wanted to share a memory with someone else? Something overwhelming, like a first kiss or a game-winning score?
Or maybe forget something that pains you to remember, like the premature passing of a close relative?
Remember Me brings players to Neo-Paris in the year 2084. A company called Memorize has monopolized the sharing and storage of memories, and (almost) everyone is able to share the memories that they have with others, relive them whenever they want, or simply get rid of them.
Testimonials show users who embrace the technology of the Sensen (the device that collects the memories), and try to describe an overwhelming feeling they get when they share memories with others or save them and experience them again later. A feeling, it turns out, that is incredibly addictive; so addictive that nobody’s memories or secrets are secret anymore. They are all stored and owned by Memorize.
You take over a character named Nilin, an Errorist and a ‘Remixer’ who has just been captured and had her mind wiped in The Bastille: an underground prison where mind manipulation is the name of the game. Her guilt? Working to prevent Memorize from taking over the minds of everyone else. Left with little more than the memory of her name, Nilin must fight back against an organization that controls 99% of the world’s memories before they can wipe her mind completely. With the help of the few Errorists that are left, Nilin goes on a journey to get her memory back and to stop Memorize’s practices once and for all.
“It’s what I do that teaches me what I’m looking for.” – Pierre Soulages
Remember Me is the video game debut of the studio DONTNOD, which features team members who have worked on Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, and Heavy Rain. What you would expect from a lineup like this would be a game that features a lot of story, combat, and climbing. Remember Me delivers on all of them. (Seriously, there’s a lot of climbing.)
What feels like a large mashup of Assassin’s Creed, Mirror’s Edge, and Perfect Dark (with subtle hints of MGS) is actually a solid action title.
Story: Once you get past all of the different names of organizations and devices (it is the future; everything needs a futuristic name), the story is compelling and draws you in at the beginning. You’re learning the past as Nilin remembers. Nilin is a very resilient and strong character, so don’t expect to feel too much sympathy towards her after the first 5 minutes of play. The concept of ‘Remixing’ the memories of others is an awesome feature in this game, but doesn’t get taken advantage of nearly enough. The story does begin to drag; you understand where you need to ultimately end up, but sometimes wonder why it takes so many different steps to get there.
Gameplay: As I mentioned, there is a LOT of climbing around, and not a lot of restriction as to where you can drop from ledges. About 30 minutes into play, I had not died once in combat, but I had died three times from dropping from ledges at the wrong time instead of looking for the subtle indicators that tell you where to climb to.
The combat is very engaging, and keeps you on your feet. If you’re not paying attention to everything/everyone around you during a combat sequence, you’ll probably get knocked on your ass. Dodging is your best friend in this game. Combos are easy to set up but require skill to deliver, and the combat system as a whole is pretty straightforward. Finishers, called Overloads, are pretty awesome as well. It does get repetitive, however, and occasional encounters with guards seem tedious and dull. Seriously, do I need to spend 2-3 minutes on a single gang of guards every time they spot me?
The levels and cameras are designed to lead you in the right direction, but don’t be surprised to jump at at random walls for awhile to try and find your way around. Nothing kills an action sequence more than having to back track, and this game will require some patience at times.
Soundtrack: Remember Me offers a great soundtrack (especially during action sequences), albeit some of the music doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest. Remember Me has some pretty good voice acting as well; Edge, the voice in your ear that leads you to safety and tells you what to do is pretty lame, though.
Graphics: DONTNOD does a great job making this game visually appealing. The dark slums and the bright atmospheres of the remixes keep you engaged with your environment, and they make sure you catch a lot of the stunning imagery with the camera that follows you.
Final Verdict: Check it out. Maybe rent it first to see if it’s your kind of game, but this new studio is producing some promising stuff.