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  • Summary: In the eco-thriller A New Beginning from Daedalic Entertainment, Fay teams up with scientist Bent Svensson to try and stem the tide of the ecological disaster that causes the extinction of mankind. Players will experience an absorbing adventure about the most important issue of our times. AtIn the eco-thriller A New Beginning from Daedalic Entertainment, Fay teams up with scientist Bent Svensson to try and stem the tide of the ecological disaster that causes the extinction of mankind. Players will experience an absorbing adventure about the most important issue of our times. At locations around the globe, it is up to them to change the course of history - with the whole world hanging in the balance. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. CD-Action
    Aug 2, 2011
    90
    Cartoony graphics contrast with a mature story that deals with a serious subject of climate changes caused by human carelessness and is devoid of humor. Instead of puns and wordplays we get well written, intriguing dialogues between believable characters with vivid personalities. [August 2011, p.66]
  2. Jun 22, 2011
    85
    A serious, committed and engaging adventure: A New Beginning is easily one of the best adventure of the year.
  3. Nov 28, 2012
    84
    I am glad to finally see an adventure game that uses its narrative potential to address some important ecological themes and ideas. Even though the conclusion of the sci-fi story seems a little unrewarding, I always had a good time playing the game. Puzzles are generally solid, the hand painted graphics are beautiful and most of the (German) voice acting is well done. A New Beginning may not be perfect, but it's mature, surprising and quite simply fun to play.
  4. Jun 3, 2011
    80
    A few technical failings aside, A New Beginning comes highly recommended. It's not often that I consider a game hard to put down, but I found myself getting deeply invested in the plot as it unravelled thanks to its convincing characterisation and an increasingly gripping storyline. Although there's an obvious environmental focus, there's also a strong heart to the story and it's this that powers your desire to play on. Any minor problems that arise are quickly overshadowed by the stunning artwork and the inventive, well-integrated puzzles, so whatever your view on global warming, do yourself a favour and shell out the green for A New Beginning.
  5. Dec 17, 2012
    70
    It's a back and forth battle, as it's an enjoyable experience, but one that falls short of the adventure game and technological standards many have come to expect. If there was only a little bit more polish, A New Beginning – Final Cut could have been a unforgettable adventure.
  6. Jul 20, 2011
    68
    While A New Beginning shines in the inspired art-style, the clever puzzles and the interesting story, it fails without hope in the crackling and weird sound, the lack of support for widescreen and the persistent crash-bugs that leads to utter frustration.
  7. Sep 16, 2011
    40
    A game that tries present itself as a serious "eco thriller" but fails completely due to stupid, illogical puzzles, moronic characters and poor dialogues. Fans of puzzle-heavy Euro-adventures might find something to enjoy here, but most gamers should steer clear.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Feb 27, 2015
    10
    Very strong and broken characters, beautiful setting and melancholic story. One of the best adventures from Daedalic , and I`ve played themVery strong and broken characters, beautiful setting and melancholic story. One of the best adventures from Daedalic , and I`ve played them all. Check Whispered World also Expand
  2. Mar 5, 2016
    10
    A New Beginning is a beautiful adventure game. It is not perfect, but the low ratings do the game by far not justice. The puzzles areA New Beginning is a beautiful adventure game. It is not perfect, but the low ratings do the game by far not justice. The puzzles are challenging without being frustrating. But the main reason to play this game is its story and the atmosphere. Especially outstanding is the narrative technique that is used. It is told like a graphic novel and has two main characters and storylines that unfold in parallel.
    The game does also have its bad sides, like low resolution graphics and over complicated controls. But luckily these issues fade away as one gets used to it and sucked in by the story.
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  3. Dec 8, 2016
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Nice comic art work and a good story, so worth to play it. The game really feels german with the style of dialogs and the eco thematics. Though personally I found the cyanobacteria as alternative energy to nuclear power as a slob indoctrination, and wondered if the story isn't some sort of ad to this (knowing that Germany already plans to shut off all nuclear power by 2036). But the ending is pretty well polished, giving a sense to it. The moral of the story remembers me on the book of Rachel Carson's silent spring. Expand
  4. Jul 8, 2013
    6
    Huge potential reduced by a below average implemention is the best way to describe this game. This point and click adventure has anHuge potential reduced by a below average implemention is the best way to describe this game. This point and click adventure has an interesting story, and the visual aesthetic of delivering it is well executed. The puzzles are pretty entertaining and of casual difficulty most of the time, with a few exceptions of totally illogical sequences. Where this game fails itself is the sound. The voice acting is the worst I've encountred in a really long time- all characters have colourless, almost robotic voices that instantly kill any latent character development. The rest of the audio is also very weak- no memorable musical theme, zero ambience, no effort to create any atmosphere whatsoever. Last but not least, there's an annoying amount of bugs to be found, from delayed sounds to repeating cutscenes and events.
    All in all, A New Beginning is a game that an adventure fan will surely enjoy, at least with a bit of patience. It does however do surprisingly well at overemphasizing its' own weak points than promoting the good ones, thus failing to be noticeable near the genre's good games that tend to get ever rarer nowadays.
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  5. Dec 21, 2012
    4
    1. The problem with this game is that many if not most of the characters are either unlikeable, annoying or irritating, and there is no way to1. The problem with this game is that many if not most of the characters are either unlikeable, annoying or irritating, and there is no way to skip when they''re on conversation. This problem also have to do with those characters personality; they can be rude at one time but suddenly out of blue they can be somewhat friendly and vice versa. There is lack of consistency in character personalities. 2. For a game with 500-year to the future setting there are not many things from the future that are impressing enough making the game feels bland. 500 years from now human will surely have permanent settlements at least within the solar system; why should they stick to earth !?

    3. I would love to see those unlikeable characters got unlucky or getting bugged by other annoying characters in the future releases - it will surely gives me satisfaction
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  6. Sep 4, 2013
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. An adventure game! Immersive, memorable stories for those with the patience for good storytelling. Unfortunately, A New Beginning Final Cut failed to live up to my expectations. With dull characters and a poor story line, I had to drag myself along and convince myself the game would be over soon. It's a shame, there was the potential for so much more.

    I will first cover some points that I liked about the game. I enjoyed the soundtrack. From time to time an impressive score drives the mood. I found myself just listening. Another thing I appreciate is the honest portrayal of the main character. The male protagonist shows us a life that is boring, but honest. I found it interesting to see a retiree who could barely find the motivation to do his own dishes come to life as he is reunited with his work. Perhaps I would have appreciated the story more if it merely revolved around a washed up, retired, old man finding his way back into a meaningful life. But, yeah.. that's not what A New Beginning stands for.

    I will try to keep the bad points short, but there are some issues I'd like out there.

    Let's begin with gameplay. It is linear. To be expected with adventure titles you could say. However, conversation options mean nothing because you (1) cannot fail and (2) cannot advance until you make the choice laid out for you. Sometimes you can't proceed until you pick that one infuriatingly dumb option. This illusion of freedom kills flow and immersion, but it is not the only thing to do so in this game.

    The story is what drives an adventure title. Titles like Broken Sword and The Longest Journey have burned their mark in my brain with epic, awesome memorable stories. They are great. The story of A New Beginning Final Cut had me face palm in as soon as the first few minutes of playing. Time travel.. I'm not going explain why it's a bad idea to revolve a budget title story around time travel. Just know that I quickly braced myself for a bad story line because of it. Next: quick disposal of non-essential characters. Basically, the characters that don't die soon after their first few lines will make it through everything and face the end. It kind of reminds me of Mike Newell's take on The Sands of Time, in which all characters die the second they are no longer pivotal to the story. It's poor writing. And characters are disposed like this as quickly as the beginning of chapter one. As the story advances it becomes a race against the clock and a fight against all odds. Yes, we are still talking about a retired scientist. Too depressed to do his dishes moments earlier, now diffusing bombs on an isolated research facility. The good-vs-evil and we-are-the-only-ones-that-can-safe-the-world-but-!-can-your-friends-really-be-trusted ending to this tale left me with a smile to know that it would soon be over and I wouldn't have to play this game anymore.. It could have been so much more..

    Characters. I really liked Barney, good voice actor, awesome personality. The interactions with Barney were awesome. The strong synergy between him and the main character really should have received more attention. Unfortunately, he is rather irrelevant to the story and makes only a short appearance. Apart from Barney, characters are not memorable, mostly because they are generic, predictable and horribly stupid. I don't know how a lead scientist can keep up acting like an egotistical teenager throughout the whole story, but apparently he can. Or how a freelance journalist with a private helicopter accepts a time travel story without argument..

    Voice acting is a mixed bag, there are some painful, cringe-worthy moments here and there. Performances for the main characters are mediocre at best. And then there are some surprisingly good talents for some of the NPCs. I expected more but for an adventure title I don't find it as important as characters or story line.

    I'm also somewhat neutral about the detective/puzzling elements. Progress felt relatively easy. Most uses of your items are straight forward. I did find myself stuck at times, but then I simply missed an item hidden in the details of the environment. Taking a small break and later revisiting the area always helped. The puzzle mini-games can be skipped although I never needed to.

    To me, this game missed it's chance to be memorable. If its writing were better, characters more intelligent and the voice acting more immersive it would have become so much more. As it is, I would advice gamers to stay away from this title. If you like eco-thrillers, get it on discount.
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  7. Jan 17, 2014
    3
    It's hard to recommend this daft eco story that includes time travel and terrible dialogue. Clearly the makers think people 500 years into theIt's hard to recommend this daft eco story that includes time travel and terrible dialogue. Clearly the makers think people 500 years into the future are whiney or rude, more often both. There are some plusses, the music is nice, the graphics are clean, and fans of comics will like the feel to it. The reason to play is to get to the end of the story. I'd recommend playing whilst watching TV beside you, so you can work through the story but without paying too much attention to much of the dialogue and character interactions. For diehard point-and-click fans only. Expand

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