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May Be Hard to Remember
on 13 January 2014
For every memorable AAA game or Indie title, there appears to be a slew of games that fall between the two. These full release games don't have the budget to compare to the likes of `Grand Theft Auto 5' nor the imagination to challenge a `Minecraft'. `Remember Me' is one such game, a generic third person action game that's only claim to fame will be most ironic title of 2013. This is one game that you will find hard to remember after finishing.
You star as Nilin, a women whose brain has been tampered with so she cannot remember elements of her past. With the help of a mysterious voice she embarks on an adventure to uncover her lost thoughts and take down the company which profits from their removal. `Remember Me's story is a cross between `Mirror's Edge' and `Enslaved'. The story is also the highlight of the game. As you progress through the levels you are fed information about Nilin and her past. It was also interesting to see how the supposed bad guys in the game had valid reasons for what they did. One of the tools in Nilin's arsenal is the ability to alter people's memories; this means that she can turn foes into friends as they no longer remember why they hate you.
It is a shame that the majority of the other elements of the game do not live up to the story. This is not a case that the game is bad, but just a little average. The combat is reasonable, a poor man's `DmC', and the platforming feels like a poor person's `Uncharted'. To be compared in a lesser light to other games is never easy, but this is exactly what you must do with `Remember Me'. It plucks so many ideas from other games that it lacks any identity for itself.
With the fighting and platforming being solid enough, it is the story that keeps you playing. Without the interesting narrative, I would have been unlikely to have finished the game. There are moments of interest; the memory remix side missions are fun, but overall this is a decent game that lacks the spark of imagination for it to stand out.