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A fun and entertaining game, don't you agree Zack?
posted by JW420INTUCSON (TUCSON, AZ) Jul 30, 2013
Member since Jul 2013
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
You play as FBI Special Agent Francis York Morgan, and his special friend Zack. York's friend Zack is that imaginary friend from childhood he never grew away from. York is called into the town of Greenvale to investigate the murder of one of its young residents. Zack and York encounter many colorful characters during the investigation and each of the town's residents has their own unique personality. Along with the main quest which is fairly long, there are 50 sidequests that give more info about the case and add to the overall length of the game.
The graphics look like they almost belong on the PS2 or XBOX and while they were updated slightly for this remake they aren't the high point of this title. Sound is hit and miss. The SFX are decent but the music is quirky and fits the mood at any given time.
Gameplay takes place in both the real world when interacting with residents and questioning them, and a shadow world where the combat takes place as well as finding clues which York uses to profile the killer. The gunplay is engaging enough but as many other players have said the real meat and potatos is in the wonderful story and original characters.
Deadly Premonition is a unique open world/survival horror game, the likes of which most gamers have never seen before. Humor, drama, and suspense keep the story moving a pretty decent pace. If you're a gamer who appreciates a great story and content over flashy presentation and like suspenseful games check it out. Reminds me of the tv show Twin Peaks!
What did you think of the game Zach?
posted by Emoney244 (SACRAMENTO, CA) May 7, 2013
Member since Sep 2012
15 out of 18 gamers (83%) found this review helpful
The main character has to be one of the most odd and most memorable characters I have ever played as in a video game. The soundtrack, though a bit repetitive, is awesome and will literally have you whistling lol.
I have played so many games this generation including huge big budget triple A titles, all which are great, but none of them left as long lasting impression on me as this game did. And that truly speaks volumes in this day in age. It is no easy feat to create a game so compelling and memorable with such little resources. The mind behind the game, a man named SWERY, truly is passionate about video games and its culture. This is apparent in all the small references toward other games.
The game is fantastic but this PS3 is mediocre. Many of the early and open areas run at a low framerate. There is the occasional audio skip. Some improvements were made. The shooting and hud are better. The map is still poor. Menus and text boxes are faster. No more fixed camera angles. No more tank controls. And the new cutscenes have a decent pay off in the end. Overall it is worth a rent. Just give it a little time and you will see this game's strengths.
Original game score: 9
PS3 port score: 7
The definition of don't judge a book by it's cover
posted by link9559 (WORCESTER, MA) May 4, 2013
Member since Jan 2013
18 out of 24 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
posted by AreA_17 (DENVER, CO) Jun 1, 2013
Member since Mar 2013
4 out of 9 gamers (44%) found this review helpful
Should be rated negative 100!
posted by klme9 (WINGDALE, NY) Jun 22, 2013
Member since Nov 2011
4 out of 10 gamers (40%) found this review helpful
posted by shonnuff (LYNCHBURG, VA) May 19, 2013
Member since Nov 2012
2 out of 5 gamers (40%) found this review helpful
posted by wjo5027 (DURHAM, NC) Jun 7, 2013
Member since Nov 2012
1 out of 4 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
PS2 Game on PS3??
posted by alc322 (WESLEY CHAPEL, FL) May 4, 2013
Member since Feb 2012
6 out of 29 gamers (21%) found this review helpful
posted by marylou1 (WARRIOR RUN, PA) May 10, 2013
Member since May 2013
2 out of 10 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
posted by thecrick (GUSTINE, CA) May 8, 2013
Member since May 2012
3 out of 16 gamers (19%) found this review helpful
Deadly Abomination - A Failed Try-Hard
posted by TheFilth (WATERTOWN, NY) Jul 16, 2013
Member since Dec 2010
1 out of 5 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
So you start the game up, everything is going alright, so the graphics aren't that good. You see right off that the storyline is going to have lots of twists. It seems like everything might be alright.
Then the gameplay starts.. andddd it's over. Everything from outdated interface ideas, poor enemy movement, unrealistic everything. I don't care that people found the story interesting, it certainly does not come close to making up for all the games flaws, and it certainly does not make up for the fact that it couldn't even touch 98% of same-style games in past consoles.
The combat in this game is some of the poorest of all time. Take the time to look around at some real combat reviews of the game. Chances are almost everything you hear about it has happened. If you can't do combat well, don't do it at all.
This is something that should have been made in the Playstation 1 era at best. And even then it's not even remotely good enough to compare to many of the titles back then, let alone now.
Director's Cut? He should have cut it in half and threw it in the trash. It's like the cheap dollar store version of Silent Hill
An unforgettable experience if nothing else.
posted by capthavic (ATHOL, MA) Feb 10, 2014
Member since Mar 2011
By all conventional definitions, yes, this game is bad, really bad. It looks like an old Dreamcast game, the audio quality is all over the place, the controls are clunky and stiff, etc. In fact its so bad that I was half convinced that that was all intentional. And thats what made this game enjoyable for me and my roomate who watched me play the entire game, just the constant hilarious "what the f-?" moments that this game provides. The story was decent enough to keep me interested and the gameplay wasn't too bad until the final boss which was made difficult only because of quick time events and awkward controls.
While I can't really blame people for giving up on it quickly, I do feel that they are missing out. If you are at all interested then by all means give it a shot, if you give it the time you'll certainly have an interesting ride.
posted by rob465 (SANTA FE, NM) Jan 17, 2014
Member since May 2006
WORTHLESS . . .
posted by Frigid2Die (FRANKLIN, WV) Jan 13, 2014
Member since Jan 2009
Save this for another day
posted by PipsMcClawski (WINSTON SALEM, NC) Jan 7, 2014
Member since Oct 2012
Weird, Ugly, and An Amazing Game
posted by Sterling_Archer (LAS VEGAS, NV) Oct 29, 2013
Member since Apr 2012
First off, this game does not look pretty, it looks old and very unpolished. That's because it is old, and very unpolished. If you can't see past bad graphics this game is not for you. Other than that though, that's really the only negative thing I can think of about this game.
The story is where Deadly Premonition really shines. The story is odd to say the least, and can get very confusing, but it's also one of the few stories that really touched me and got to me emotionally. I find myself continuously thinking about what happened as if it a page from my own life. I remember the characters as if I knew them and if what happened to them, actually happened to me. This will obviously go away within a few days, but that it stuck with me so long really amazes me, and hasn't happened since Final Fantasy was still great. This will be a game I think about a lot in the future and may compare other games to. This will also go down as one of my favorite games of this generation.
If you play games for a thrilling story this is the game for you. I will continue to recommend it to anyone I meet now, unless I'm on a date. Then I'll just sit awkwardly.
what do you think zach?
posted by shadowfox121 (MANCHESTER, TN) Sep 4, 2013
Member since Sep 2013