Don't Nod's Latest Adventure Harmony: The Fall of Reverie Releases to Positive Reviews

Screenshot from Harmony: The Fall of Reverie
These Aspirations don't seem to get along

Don't Nod (formerly known as DONTNOD Entertainment), the creators of the Life is Strange series, released a new game yesterday called Harmony: The Fall of Reverie. Like their previous games, it seems to focus heavily on a beautiful cinematic quality to their visuals. Despite the game looking like an animated version of a visual novel in parts, many of the cinematics shown in the trailer could almost fool you into thinking you were watching an anime.

In Harmony: The Fall of Reverie, you play the role of a woman named Polly who is looking for her mother but after returning to her hometown, she realises a lot has changed and not entirely for the better. Polly soon discovers she has an ability to connect to another world called Reverie where she is a deity that can choose which aspiration of Humanity (i.e. Glory, Bliss, Power, Chaos, Bond and Truth) should rule. Ultimately, this somehow changes the fate of Humanity.

I love games with narrative branches and multiple endings. It also doesn't hurt that I happen to like the Life is Strange series too. Thankfully, it seems many critics seem to like what they've played so far as it currently has a Metascore of 76 on Metacritic indicating "generally favourable reviews". Italian site The Games Machine gave the game 8.3/10 and suggested it's "a must have if you are a fan of the Don't Nod stories." Shacknews gave the game a 9/10 and says "the game raises the bar for what can be achieved through player choice, and those looking for a compelling narrative-driven experience have plenty to enjoy here." Hardcore Gamer also liked the game, awarding it 4 out of 5 since they found it "intriguing from start to finish, for any fan of player-choice narratives and/or visual novels alike..."

Some sites were more critical of the game though, such as TheGamer which gave the game 2.5 out of 5. They believe the core game mechanic is flawed and that the game "is too connected to its core concept of steering the future based on fate and factions, and this idea means players must abandon both the choice and the narrative in this choice-based narrative game." Screen Rant gave the game 3.5/5 and felt "it may start to struggle when its simple design approaches fail to match the intricacy of its plot threads".

So, what do you think? Have you tried out Harmony: The Fall of Reverie? Let us know in the comments.

The game is currently available on Steam for $33.69 AUD.