|Damn car crushes|
- Developer: 3f Interactive
- Publisher: 3f Interactive
- Release Date: 12 March 2013
- Time played: 1.5 hours
As mentioned in my review of the previous episode of Reversion called Reversion - The Escape (which happens to be free), I managed to score a free copy of Reversion - The Meeting from my mate Mix-Master. This episode continues straight after the first as your amnesiac hero manages to escape a heavily guarded hospital and makes his way to the heart of Buenos Aires.
As mentioned, in this episode our amnesiac protagonist manages to escape the hospital he was trapped in and makes his way to the heart of Buenos Aires with his new friend, Victoria. The heart of the city seems to be in a state of disrepair with almost nobody in sight. Victoria quickly and mysteriously leaves as soon as you arrive and it's up to you to continue finding out who you are and who the mysterious scientist in the photo is.
Once again, the game is terribly short and ends as soon as you meet with the scientist you're looking for (hence the name). While more of the plot is revealed in this episode, the game still seems to be too short on content to make the world or its characters seem interesting. Also, just like the first episode, the character dialogue seems to be a bit clumsy at times to the point where some responses don't make any sense. I'm not sure if this is just because they had bad dialogue writers or something was lost in translation from what I assume was originally in Spanish.
The game thankfully has your typical point 'n' click adventure interface where the mouse rules supreme! The puzzles are generally logical and straight-forward to complete too; there's even a hints system if you get stuck, although it turns out that it's not very helpful. Besides my criticism from the previous episode's review (there are a lot of red herrings on the screen) being able to do certain things in the game aren't immediately apparent. For example, for one puzzle I had to disassemble an item in my inventory. Since I was never made aware that you could disassemble items within your inventory (there is only a look icon visible at all times) I spent many wasted minutes trying to use the item on just about everything on the game, thinking that was the way to disassemble it. I eventually resorted to a walkthrough and when I saw the solution, I was pretty disappointed. Not with myself since I already knew that was the solution, but the game's interface for not being as intuitive as it could be. The sad reality is, older point 'n' click adventure games with their clunky UIs may have done it better.
Once again the English voice acting is quite poor with the emphasis being stressed on the wrong words and a mixture of actors that are too hammy in their delivery alongside actors which are incredibly deadpan. I couldn't help myself and had to take a video to prove just how bad the voice acting is since it needs to be heard to be believed:
I'm not sure if it sounds as good in Spanish (if there is a Spanish version) but I'm hoping it does.
There's a bit more variation to the music in this episode compared to the previous one but it still seems rather dull most of the time.
Graphics are generally pretty good. The game adopts a clean, crisp comic-book style that's visually appealing.
It took me about 1.5 hours to finish this game but once you've figured it all out, replaying it would only take a matter of minutes. While you can forgive the first episode for being short (as it was free), it becomes an issue when you're charged $6USD for only such a small part of a game and one that's actually quite light on story as far as adventure games go. Sure, there are Steam achievements to get and Steam Trading Cards to acquire, but this game seems to lack anything substantial.
I didn't encounter any serious bugs and no visual ones like I encountered in the previous episode.
Score – 5/10To be fair, Reversion - The Meeting is probably as bad as the first episode in terms of its terribly short length, poor voice acting, dull music and clumsy dialogue. What makes it worse though is the fact its poor UI has the potential to make you go on a wild goose chase to solve this episode's puzzles. To cap it all off, you're expected to pay money for this episode for a pretty average experience when you could play the first episode for free. If you're curious about the game, make sure you try the free first episode before deciding to buy the second. If you like it and are prepared to pay for the same amount of gameplay, then give Reversion - The Meeting a shot. Otherwise, avoid.
If you want to get the game, you can get it on Steam.
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[ LINK: Official Reversion website ]