The ex-priest James Murphy answers a mysterious call for help from his friend Cristoforo. The disappearance of a briefcase containing compromising documents convinces James that his friend is a victim of something sinister.Read full description
The ex-priest James Murphy answers a mysterious call for help from his friend Cristoforo. The disappearance of a briefcase containing compromising documents convinces James that his friend is a victim of something sinister. The Vatican's involvement inspires James to get to the bottom of this mystery...
Visiting Rome from Chicago, where he works as a doctor, ex-priest James Murphy answers a mysterious call for help from his friend Cristoforo. The disappearance of a briefcase containing compromising documents is enough to convince James that his friend is a victim of something shady and sinister. The Vatican's involvement and some strange parallels with his own traumatic past inspire James to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Along this dangerous and disturbing path, James finds the most unlikely travelling companion who will question his deepest beliefs. And so the two characters begin both a physical journey in search of the truth, and a metaphysical exploration of the inner soul and the darkest secrets that everyone hides, even a "champion of the faith" like James.
Rome is the stage for this adventure – a city bathed in eternal twilight, its skies tinted the color of blood spilled in more than thirty years of intrigue: blood of innocents and guilty, unknown and famous victims alike.
If you are an avid adventure gamer, Shadows on the Vatican may be your cup of tea, even if it is a lukewarm one at best. For everyone else, there are probably much better games out there to get into the genre. Voiceovers and writing are pretty bad, and the story in general feels too much like something out of The Da Vinci Code. There is also no tutorial of any kind explaining that in addition to interacting with objects, the player can also examine them. In hindsight, this is pretty obvious, but players new to the genre might get frustrated with the very first puzzle after interacting with every possible object and seemingly being stuck because they haven't examined them. Once you figure out how to play though, the game is fairly straightforward, the graphics are decent, and the only let downs are the voice acting and the lackluster story, which make it difficult to recommend.
The adventure itself is fine, it is quite easy and you can spend in less than two hours, which incidentally there is an achievement about this. If you complete it in less than two hours you activate it. It has mystery and has left me with the intrigue of knowing what will happen with the adventure, so I will get with Act II right away. Say that the dialogues have enough spelling mistakes and the sentences are not very well written but still appreciate the effort to have it translated, not like others I will not mention. It also has some slight bugs, like the characters, which are in 3D, make strange movements sometimes and in truth, these characters contrast a lot with the environment. We thank 3D in 2D images but would almost have preferred 3D characters but with the appearance of drawn with the rest, not to contrast as much.
Shadows on the Vatican is pretty traditional in terms of gameplay. You must solve puzzles, collect and use items and talk to people along your way to the truth. This episode is set in Rome and has a story in the vein of Da Vinci Code. It's all about Church and Conspirary. You are James Murphy and you're investigating the disappearance of important documents that belong to the Vatican. The atmosphere of the game is pretty good, thanks to the motion comics cutscenes and the gorgeous backgrounds used during gameplay. Actually, the game feels a lot like a sinister version of Broken Sword and that's great. Your character, as a former priest, is pretty interesting to follow and the game has some neat NPCs. Unfortunatly, this episode is a bit too easy. Hopefully, the next parts will be more challenging.
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