It should be actually frustrating often to be a police officer, specially when you know that a suspect or a witness is withholding data from you. There’s not actually a lot that you can legally do to force a person to speak, but consider if there was a technologies that permitted you to dive deep into someone’s subconscious.
Ignoring the clear ethical troubles with performing one thing like this, it could undoubtedly make gathering clues much more fascinating. This futuristic sounding technologies exists in the planet of AI: The Somnium Files, a new game from the director of the Zero Escape series, Kotaro Uchikoshi.
The game’s protagonist, Kaname Date, is aspect of a particular police taskforce recognized as the Sophisticated Brain Investigation Squad (ABIS). As with most police officers he has a companion with who he performs extremely closely with. Did I mention but that his companion, Aiba, spends most of her time living in his left eye socket?
An AI for an Eye
Date lost his true eye in an incident years ago and so Aiba (which is quick for AI-Ball) is an extremely sophisticated artificial intelligence that plugs straight into his optic nerve enabling Date to not only see by way of her but also use her sophisticated technologies to zoom, and use evening vision as nicely as thermal vision. All extremely handy stuff when investigating!
The story starts with you arriving at a crime scene to see the corpse of a lady who was found in an abandoned theme park. The poor lady has been tied to a merry-go-round and has stab wounds to her physique as nicely as getting an eye gouged out. Her physique bears a striking resemblance to a series of murders that have been committed six years ago. It all appears extremely sadistic and grotesque, and what tends to make it even worse is that Date utilised to know the victim.
What follows is a dark and gritty story exactly where you will be desperately attempting to track down the murderer prior to they can kill once more. Pretty much each and every character you meet from idols, to otakus, and even old buddies, nearly every person will be a possible suspect and you will require to untangle the previous in order to seek out the truth.
When investigating you will view every scene by way of Date’s eyes. You can appear about but Date remains fixed to the spot. It tends to make it really feel a bit like a point-and-click adventure game exactly where you have to click on many things to interact with them and exhaust all conversation selections. These investigations are fairly very simple and you will not be solving any especially taxing puzzle, alternatively you just require to speak to or appear at the ideal points till the story moves on.
You will sometimes get to use a single of Aiba’s one of a kind skills to aid you out, like X-ray vision to peer by way of a wall. But as these skills can only be utilised at distinct points in the story, you really feel like you are only actually solving crimes for the reason that the game is letting you. In a way this game is substantially much more of a visual novel than a point-and-click puzzle or adventure game.
The game lets you get substantially much more hands on when you use the Psync Machine. This is what Date and Aiba use to delve into a subject’s Somnium–a planet that exists inside their subconscious. These worlds are shaped by people’s memories but, just like in dreams, they can be extremely surreal. This can make it tough to discover the clues that you seek. There’s also the added problem that you only have six minutes inside someone’s head prior to you require to get out.
Whilst inside a Somnium you will get to take handle of Aiba, who alternatively of becoming eyeball shaped, seems in a wonderful humanoid type. You have to discover a way to break many mental locks in order to proceed deeper into someone’s subconscious. To do this you will require to interact with many points in the nearby atmosphere. Each and every action Aiba take’s use up a tiny chunk of time and as you do not generally know what will result in a lock to break you can conveniently waste a lot of your out there time.
It often felt like I was just randomly guessing what to interact with subsequent, specially in some of the early levels. Whilst this does make sense, as dreams do not generally make logical sense, it didn’t really feel especially rewarding to break locks just by guessing. I did discover that points began to make much more sense as I got to know every character and found why specific Somnium’s appeared in the type that they did.
The story branches off at specific points, based on your actions inside these dream worlds. The story routes you go down can lead to some wildly diverse endings. Most of the time I felt like I was left with much more queries than answers but as you encounter much more of the game you will gradually be capable to fill in the gaps of what is taking place and why.
Some components of the story are utterly heart breaking to see and studying the truth behind some of the characters will really feel like a rollercoaster of a journey. This is a single of these games that is extremely tough to place down when you start off.
The game does deal with some severe topic matter but it is also not afraid to joke about. A fantastic instance of this is throughout some of the combat sections exactly where I had to distract enemies with porno mags and lingerie. These fights weren’t especially challenging, I just had to press the right buttons at distinct instances, but it was a bit of rapidly-paced exciting that worked actually nicely at lightening the mood.
Investigating gruesome murders in AI: The Somnium Files is exciting even although it is not especially difficult. What actually tends to make this game worth playing is its gritty sci-fi story and engaging characters. The mix of oddball characters operate completely collectively to make you encounter a rollercoaster of feelings, and piecing collectively all the threads of the story will reveal some surprising plot twists.
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