Currently Playing: Syberia (PC)

It’s been a long time since I’ve played a really good adventure game. I love those kinds of games since they usually have really interesting story lines than most games out there. I’ve been curious about this game since it really reminded me of the Longest Journey. Well, this is totally different from that so here starts my review.

The story starts very simple, the character you control named as Kate Walker is a lawyer who is to finalize a buy out contract for a factory creating these interesting robots called automatons. It starts out that the owner of the factory is dead a few days just before you arrive and as Kate thought the company she was in was prepared for that situation, they never realized that there was a lost heir to the factory. So this is where the adventure begins. She looks for the heir to finalize the contract.

So here the story is the main thing, since that is the main focus of these types of games which has usually logical puzzles that relates to the game. So, the story itself starts a bit too simple knowing that all you have to do is fix a business contract. After going through a few things you realize that there is something deeper to explore. You go to beautiful locations as you try to find a person named Hans.

What I also like about this game was it gave Kate a real character. You find out a lot about her with the mobile phone. People call you to talk about what happened to this and that, while it didn’t talk about Kate, it told a lot about who she is and what she’s going through with her own personal life.

The graphics are nice because of the beautiful locations and 3D characters; something that you’d expect from an adventure game. The locations are as beautiful as playing Myst, all are so interesting but the problem is everything is so gloomy. Even in locations that are so colorful and alive, it felt lifeless because everywhere you go, the population has dropped to no more than 5 persons (or less) in an entire village or town. It’s nice though that they used moving background images to keep the setting at least with interesting life (all of them are birds). But some scenes don’t move so it really feels more like you’re playing on a pre-rendered picture than an actual setting. Though the water was a really nice touch, most scenes that used water was quite lifelike, but there were some that really looked like gibberish.

The 3D characters were really good. I guess I couldn’t ask for more from the detail of how visually they looked. My only problem was at these times we could have seen better with nicer shadows. But this game was designed to work for the majority and not the really high tech games. The movements of the character Kate Walker is sometimes a little jerky but its bearable and you might not even mind it. The other characters feel like they were turtles or anything slower.

The puzzles were simple, in fact very simple. Even beginning gamers can play through this without any problem. You might find a puzzle or two that will boggle your mind but that will only affect for a few minutes. Almost all of the puzzles were very logical and you don’t really get too much puzzles anyway. Most of what you do in the game is finding this and that, it’s really easy though, and it’s hard to make a mistake really.

The biggest problem is that the game is really short. You can play this game in just more than two hours even if you watch through all the cut scenes and reading all the written stuff.

So overall, the game is great. I’d love to play through it again the second time. I love the story even though the puzzles are a bit light than usual. Even with its shortcomings I give this game a high rating. If you’re into adventure gaming then you should give this a try.

Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP
Pentium II 350 Mhz
16 Mb compatible Direct3D (DirectX 7) 3D graphics card
64 Mb RAM
400 Mb free on hard disk
CD-Rom 16X
DirectX 7 compatible sound card

Tested on:
Windows XP
AMD Athlon XP 2000+ 1.667 GHz
512 Mb PC2100
40x CD-RW
GeForce 4 Ti4200
SoundBlaster Live!
A4 Optical Mouse

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