THE RAVEN REMASTERED

A few years after its original release on PC & PS3, THQ Nordic và developer KING art have brought back The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief, combining all three originally episodic releases into one physical package. Full of murder and intrigue, across some classic crime locations, it’s a jolly good romp. The game, that is, not so much the murder.

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Locomotion Commotion: Things don’t go lớn plan aboard the Orient Express.

The Raven: Remastered puts you in control of Anton Jacob Zellner, a wannabe Poirot và Swiss constable with a point khổng lồ prove sầu. That point being he really, REALLY wants khổng lồ go on a cruise. Using your inquisitive nature aboard the Orient Express (what could go wrong?), you must figure out each passenger’s motives in an attempt to foil the plans of legendary thief ‘The Raven’. As well as logging notes in your journal as you go, interactive sầu segments, such as picking a loông xã, testing evidence, và even playing a game of shuffleboard add lớn the explorative point-and-click-esque formula.

A ‘classic-feel’ adventure game that spans a variety of crime tropes and exciting settings, The Raven captures the charming, paranoid intrigue of the genre brilliantly. Cinematic cut-scenes are exciting, making you feel part of a real crime film, và the game’s simpliđô thị gameplay-wise makes it accessible for a wide audience.

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Read it & weep: Zellner’s notepad keeps track of events, profiling each suspect & helping you lớn solve the crime. There are even some cool drawings.

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The Raven Remastered is a re-release, but reviewing footage it’s a little difficult to actually see any upgrades (other than some clear lighting improvements). Whilst the Switch version runs well, there are some issues that can be frustrating at times. Environments are beautiful, but slow, clunky movement và control makes them a chore to traverse through, almost reminiscent of the best-forgotten Resident Evil tank controls.

Additionally, the load times can be torture at times. Loading in between nearly ever screen-change in the game, they can at times take you out of the experience, segmenting it in a way that can break immersion for people with short attention spans such as myself. The story (mixed with the desire khổng lồ solve sầu the crime) is interesting enough to keep you engaged for the most part, but at times it almost verges on being overly lacking in interactivity, throwing you a lot of linear cut-scenes with dialogue you have next khổng lồ no autonomy over.

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Sinking feeling: All goes khổng lồ pot when Zellner decides it’s a good idea to lớn sneak aboard this fateful cruise.

A likeable protagonist, Zellner himself is full of passion & desperate khổng lồ get involved in a life of crime. Resolving crime, that is. His thinking-out-loud và descriptions of ongoing events are fascinating, và a testament to the great writing from the development team. Many conversations between characters had me laughing out loud, and detailed notes on each character had me fixated on every one of them. Despite this, I still got my accusations completely wrong.

Whilst the excitement peters out by the end (I was ready for the story to come lớn a conclusion when it did), the payoff is WELL worth it, and I did not see the ending coming. I’d certainly had enough of walking up & down corridors, but it had me grinning in surprise. I’m no Hercule Poirot, but I certainly felt lượt thích a detective sầu.