04 - Deadly Premonition
Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
Developer: Access Games
Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360 (Reviewed)
The game controls awkwardly. Combat is clunky. The Visuals range from decent to something that's mid-era Playstation 2. The voice acting varies but lip syncing makes it seem like you're watching a poorly dubbed film. Most of the characters have a creepy shiny doll feel to them, with most of the ladies looking like dudes and the only decent looking one definitely has her off moments. Driving is sluggish with a gas/damage system that causes headaches. Chase sequences are some of the most annoying quick time events to date, with the actual quick time events not being any better. A time system that is based on real time creates leeway for map exploration, but becomes a pain when you need a specific time to trigger an event. The same is said for the game's weather system as well. When the player receives the more awesome weapons, the game is pretty much over with nothing left to shoot. To say that this game is a mess would be an understatement.
And yet it has this charm to it, a story that walks the thin line between compelling and batshit insane, decent characters that call for attention, and moments that can make the heart move or race, call for screams of frustration or joy, and leave the player asking what the hell just happened... but for some reason create a want to see more. This game is technically terrible, yet it's probably one of the best budget title gems out there.
-Rating: 5/5, c'mon, it's like $20.