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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. Apr 13, 2013
    4
    A New Beginning is an adventure game that is an incoherent mess thanks to abysmal translations and voice acting.

    One of the most important
    A New Beginning is an adventure game that is an incoherent mess thanks to abysmal translations and voice acting.

    One of the most important points of an adventure game, besides the puzzles, is the dialogue. So if the dialogue is difficult to follow, illogical, or plainly incomprehensible, no matter how well put together the puzzles and how interesting the art style, the game will not be enjoyable. This is what A New Beginning suffers from, an incomprehensible dialogue that tries to tell what could have been an interesting story, while providing contradictory insight into how to solve puzzles (telling you to do one thing but you actually having to do the complete opposite), and developing unlikable characters, leaving you to wonder how such a game won the German game of the year award in 2011 (...lost in translation?).
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  7. May 17, 2013
    3
    The story in this game starts decent but the English version has voice acting that's far from great (Actors take weird stops between words andThe story in this game starts decent but the English version has voice acting that's far from great (Actors take weird stops between words and often speak without feeling).

    However this game has some major bugs some are so big that you often can't continue the storyline. If this game didn't have those bugs it might be a decent game, maybe a 7. But when you can't complete the game then it's just a waste of money. So I give it a 3.
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