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Title: Conclusions: Fahrenheit
Posted: May 06, 2009 (02:23 PM)
So: it doesn't crash anywhere near as badly as I was fearing. It gets silly, yes, but not horrific. Still reasonable, as far as games go. Just not as nice as it once was.

And there are still some really nice sequences, right up to the end. I agree with Zipp: the Lucas/Carla rumpy-pumpy scene was more gratuitous than it needed to be. Digitised nipples are rarely necessary. But it was still quite a sweet scene, particularly considering the antagonism before.

Quite a skip between the theme park and the next bit, though, wasn't it? Would have been nice if the game had the courtesy to explain that MONTHS HAVE PASSED.

It stays in the 6-7 region, I think. I'm not bothered too much by the increasingly Dan Brown plot. The game's just fundamentally flawed. The "game" bit isn't coherent enough. It can't decide what it wants to be - something Nomad Soul suffered rottenly from as well. You get the sense that Cage's games are all about the world, the story and the characters, rather than what you actually do. So Nomad Soul became a wonderful, vibrant virtual universe, that tried to throw adventure, RPG and FPS into the mix at random. Fahrenheit tries to do adventure, stealth and, um, Guitar Hero. I quite like what it's trying to achieve - a total interactive movie - but, in a sense, I think it needed to stick to one thing. Either go pointy-clicky, or rhythm-action. Not both. And definitely not stealth. Those two levels were awful.

A really fascinating, though not entirely successful, experiment.
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zippdementiaUser: zippdementia
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Posted: May 06, 2009 (03:02 PM)
But you have to think about it... really everything after the museum isn't just silly... it's incoherent. When the AI shows up everything goes straight to fuck. It's like two entirely different games, one setting up a classic Noir-style mystery, the other pulling conspiracies out of its ass with no connections to anything else in the game.

And, yeah, totally with you on the theme park jump. It took me a while to figure out what was going on. It feels like there should've been a trilogy of games, the first ending around the theme park, the second covering the four months and introducing all the conspiracies, and the third game finishing up with the Matrix powers that it seems obsessed with.
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darketernalUser: darketernal
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Posted: May 06, 2009 (03:42 PM)
The moment that fellow and his friendly aztecs or mayans or whatever the hell sort of "mystic" society they are appeared, the game went down the crapper. If I sound angry it's because I am. This could have really been the game that would revive the adventure genre, a genre that was my "Super Mario" and "Zelda" era of gaming. Instead it was just a mockery in the end, destroyed by a rushed release.
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