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  • Summary: The Forgotten City is a mature narrative-driven game, and a re-imagining of the critically acclaimed mod that won a national Writers’ Guild award and racked up over 3 million downloads. Trapped in a secret underground city during the Roman Empire, twenty-three lost souls cling to life. InThe Forgotten City is a mature narrative-driven game, and a re-imagining of the critically acclaimed mod that won a national Writers’ Guild award and racked up over 3 million downloads. Trapped in a secret underground city during the Roman Empire, twenty-three lost souls cling to life. In this precarious utopia, if one person breaks the mysterious Golden Rule, everyone dies. As a time-traveler drawn two thousand years into the past, you’ll relive their final moments in an endless loop, exploring and interrogating, and changing the course of the day with each secret you uncover. Only by cleverly exploiting the time loop and making difficult moral choices can you hope to solve this epic mystery. Here, your decisions matter. The fate of the city is in your hands. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 12, 2021
    100
    It’s a fun game built around a tantalizing mystery, and once it gets its hooks into you, you’re guaranteed to want to keeping playing until you’ve uncovered all its endings.
  2. Jul 27, 2021
    90
    The Forgotten City does a fabulous job exploring interesting moral quandaries through excellently written dialogue and characters.
  3. Sep 17, 2021
    90
    The Forgotten City is this year’s unexpected contender for the “GotY 2021” award. Exceptional writing and wonderfully built world, all come together in a wonderfully balanced adventure game that finds the golden line/ rule between the hardcore fist person adventures of the past and the more modern walking simulators, offering a deep experience for all type of players.
  4. 85
    The Forgotten City is a consistently engaging mystery that I couldn’t help but get trapped in. It features an amazing blend of narrative mystery buoyed by some fun bouts of exploration and light combat, just enough to really break up the pace. It’s a game that encourages you to put pressure on its established boundaries to see what you can break and change. There’s a brilliant web of mystery within a time loop that you can manipulate, delivering some great and clever commentary around a whole bunch of topics. Seeing how far Modern Storyteller has come from “The Forgotten City” mod to this full game makes me beyond excited to see what Nick Pearce and the team come up with next.
  5. Aug 3, 2021
    85
    The Forgotten City looks like the result of crossing Skyrim, Outer Wilds and Deadly Premonition. Fascinating. One of the stories of the year. The Skyrim mod that transformed into a swan.
  6. Jul 29, 2021
    80
    Choices matter, both in life and in The Forgotten City, which uses ancient Roman beliefs about morality, ethics, and law to subtly comment on our present-day conflicts. But it’s never heavy-handed and what you’ll mostly pay attention to are the characters and their needs, your own objectives, the mysterious city, and the clever way time loops and puzzle-solving work together. Whether you play it once or try for the multiple alternative endings, The Forgotten City is a unique adventure.
  7. Jul 28, 2021
    60
    The Forgotten City is a project that came to be from the fan mod for Skyrim. It's a game with an interesting concept and narrative, that suffers from weak visuals, pacing issues, and shoehorned action sections.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jan 16, 2022
    10
    The characters are unique and each have different motivations which makes the world feel more alive i loved the twists and the endings, voiceThe characters are unique and each have different motivations which makes the world feel more alive i loved the twists and the endings, voice acting and design is on point, the world is beautiful and the real world history references are a plus and integrated very well into the story, pro tip: turn off the hint system and avoid spoilers for maximum enjoyment Expand
  2. Jan 5, 2022
    10
    It's really cool to see this mod for Skyrim become a full-fledged game. I loved this adventure with many endings. Spent a day and got all theIt's really cool to see this mod for Skyrim become a full-fledged game. I loved this adventure with many endings. Spent a day and got all the achievements without guides +) Expand
  3. Jul 31, 2021
    10
    Wow, having never played the Skyrim mod, jumping into this world is now a top favorite story driven rpgs I’ve played in a while! So glad IWow, having never played the Skyrim mod, jumping into this world is now a top favorite story driven rpgs I’ve played in a while! So glad I bought this to support such amazing writers and hope to see more games like this. The story and characters are flawless and as I was playing on ps5, I didn’t experience any bugs or glitches what so ever. Impressive. Combat felt fresh and great, really hope to see more story’s made! Expand
  4. Jan 6, 2022
    10
    Fantastic game with multiple interesting mysteries throughout - absolutely worth the money
  5. Jan 13, 2022
    9
    Great writing, a genuinely interesting story with plenty of twists & turns, and an awesome voice cast. The controls can be a bit clunky & theGreat writing, a genuinely interesting story with plenty of twists & turns, and an awesome voice cast. The controls can be a bit clunky & the visuals are a bit dated but overall it’s a very fun experience. Expand
  6. Jan 18, 2022
    9
    Hours Played: 9 Hours
    Trophy Completion: 22/41 (63%)
    Worth My Time: Yes, it's short. Worth My Money: Yes, it's not full price. What I
    Hours Played: 9 Hours
    Trophy Completion: 22/41 (63%)

    Worth My Time: Yes, it's short.
    Worth My Money: Yes, it's not full price.

    What I Like: The game just pulls you in and keeps you there. Very intriguing concept and world. Really makes you think. It is open ended that rewards creative problem solving.

    What I Dislike: Controls and looks a bit janky at times.

    How It Stacks Up: One of the best recent dialogue-based adventure games. It's quite open world compared to more restrictive games like Life Is Strange. I recommend it even for those who don't like adventure games, as opposed to Quantic Dream games which are more niche. That being said, it doesn't quite have the AAA production values of those games.
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  7. Nov 23, 2021
    6
    Starts off promisingly when everything is a mystery to you. Stumbles over its premise several times over by the end though with the time-loopStarts off promisingly when everything is a mystery to you. Stumbles over its premise several times over by the end though with the time-loop mechanic revealing basically nothing interesting other than the tombs. The ‘true’ ending is one of the corniest things ever sincerely conceived. Expand

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