Dec 12, 2011In my expirience this is one of the most under-rated games, with an unforunate launch date and other big releases launched around that time, it never did take off to great.
This game is very original in gameplay, a great story wich doesnt bore you, intresting puzzles but nothing too brainbreaking. Trough the game youll get to know the characters, and get a conection with them.
This game is without a doubt on my list of "best games ever played" Its an adventure you dont want to miss.… Expand
RiFeb 9, 2007Just as intriguing as the Suikoden series also made by Junko Kawano with yet another wonderfully deep plot.
SiL.Mar 16, 2005The only game better than this is metal gear.
Dec 2, 2011This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One professional review suggested that Shadow of Memories (as it's known outside of America) has no "actual gameplay." With a story this good, who cares, as long as the presentation's serviceable. And it is.
You play as a German man named Eike. The first thing that happens? You die. Stabbed to death. But you get brought back to life by a person called Homunculus. (Depending on your anime preferences, you now know the MacGuffin of the game.) He gives you the Digipad, a time machine. Now you have two objectives related to each other. 1: Keep yourself from getting murdered. (You'll have to do this one a few times. Someone IS out to get you.) 2: Do Homunculus a favor.
Things happen, and the story splits off into 6 or 8 depending on point of view. Of course, you can only get one per playthrough and the save file holds your prior endings, not a System File save. (Of course, by the time you want to split your save, the branch choices have probably already been made anyway.)
This was an early PS2 game, most likely made with a PS1 "Not everyone has a DualShock controller" mentality. And this is the PC version. So the controls are even worse than that.
There is no combat. Don't expect any. You're investigating your own murder, not avenging it.
Let me guess: TL;DR. Ok, then. Skip the rest, get to the point.
The Bad: Bad controls, 2001 PS2 graphics, no System File keeping track of separate playthroughs.
The Neutral: No combat.
The Good: Multiple endings; all are noticeably different from one another. The entire story.
Final: If you can find a copy on PS2 or PC, get it. It's what? 5 bucks now? Seriously, you can slog through the gameplay for the story for that much. And I'm pretty sure it'll run even on netbooks now.… Expand
Maybe I'm way off base here, but I expect my games to contain actual gameplay and not be a series of ong, poorly acted cut-scenes, lightly salted with puzzles that require the intelligence of a gnat to solve. [Oct 2002, p.114]