Monday, January 23, 2012
The Blackwell Deception
In a word: Yes.
In more than one word: No, but only because it exceeded them.
Seriously, the folks at Wadjet Eye Games are consistently getting better with each game. It's a gradual process, granted, but it is there, and since they started out at such a high level of quality to begin with, it's really noticeable. I mean, I could basically say take my review of the Blackwell Trilogy, plus 1... but that would be cheating.
Basically, the pacing is better, the story is more compelling, the characters are more memorable, the dialog feels more natural, the stakes are higher, and the character development is noticeable. Even the technical aspects are better. The sound quality is nicer, though it's subtle, and the game runs at a higher resolution with better picture quality. Not that's a bit of a mixed bag, since I actually enjoyed the pixelated throwback feel of the earlier games, but it's really hard to argue against better-looking images.
On that note, it's should be said that WEG has also re-released the original trilogy on Steam as well, and they've been updated, with higher resolutions, new commentary, and a couple of other changes as well.
Bottom Line: Once again, if you like adventure games at all, you NEED to play these games. People have been saying for years and years that classic point-and-click adventure games were dead, despite the occasional game like The Longest Journey coming out. Recent years have shown that P-n-C Adventure Games are having a renaissance, and WEG is proving itself to be, perhaps, the brightest star in that particular constellation. (How's that for a mixed metaphor?)
Now I just need to get around to playing Gemini Rue.