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POSTED 3/7/17


GET EVEN

The Farm 51/Bandai Namco



Memories, light the corners of my, umm, something...

You’re mercenary-type Cole Black. Really. Go and look in the mirror. See?! You’re the central being in this brain-bendy psychological sci-fi horror detective thriller that also has outbreaks of FPSitude.
 
You wake up in a decrepit asylum, and soon follow breadcrumbs (not literally, duh) that lead you to a girl strapped to a chair with something that very much appears to be a bomb. Oh, it is – BOOM!

You later wake in the grounds of the same place. Why are you here? WTF is real? Why do you have a head-hugging VR headset doobrie bolted to your bonce?

It turns out that this device allows you to revisit past memories (misty-coloured and otherwise), going exploring amidst them. You’re guided by the mysterious ‘Red’. Can he offer redemption? Did he hand you that revolver? Are we just being dumb now?

You’re aided further in your journey by a GPS-like thingummy which provides five handy tools, being a map, messaging, a heat sensitive camera, a scanner and handy UV torch. All have their uses.

As do the guns. They could have kept things all cool and Silent Hill-like, but no, they had to put bloody guns in. They feel tacked on, too. Even an attempt at innovation with a corner gun – a weapon which, you guessed it, allows you to shoot around corners – is so clunky that you’ll likely end up preferring going gung-ho at guards you can’t be arsed crawling past. Which will render you dead, as their accuracy makes Dead-Eye Dick look cross-eyed.

You’ll explore, explore, explore many samey areas (what have we done to deserve this flat, flavourless environment?) and nut out occasional puzzles, all soundtracked by a score that comes across as a curious melange of Wagner and Bernard Herrmann – if they both had ADD.

Get Even sees good ideas hampered by average execution and aiming too high. Strip out some crud and a there’d be a genuinely gripping psycho thriller. Qu’est-ce que c’est?

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