Kate Walker, a young ambitious lawyer from New York, is handed what seems a fairly straight forward assignment - a quick stopover to handle the sale of an old automaton factory hidden in the alpine valleys, then straight back home to the US.Read full description
Kate Walker, a young ambitious lawyer from New York, is handed what seems a fairly straight forward assignment - a quick stopover to handle the sale of an old automaton factory hidden in the alpine valleys, then straight back home to the US.
Little did she imagine when embarking on this task that her life would be turned upside down. On her expedition across Europe, traveling from Western Europe to the far reaches of Eastern Russia, she encounters a host of incredible characters and locations in her attempt to track down Hans, the genius inventor - the final key to unlock the mystery of Syberia. Her voyage across land and time throws all she values into question, while the deal she sets out to sign turns into a pact with destiny.
A gripping script that goes beyond your imagination
Rich and intriguing characters with detailed and realistic 3D environments
Film-like camera angles, movements and framing
Original and creative puzzles (completely integrated into the scenario)
From the very start Syberia is a cinematic treat. Its unique characters and gorgeous settings are shown in great detail, rich animation and creative design, and this carries on throughout the entire game. In fact, both get even more elaborate. There are a few annoying animations and the occasional empty areas you are forced to walk through that only serve to connect point A to point B, but they don?t take away from the game that much. The sound effects help bring the world to life and are fitting for each area whether it be beautiful sounds of nature or the mechanical sounds of the city. They help to immerse you in the world that Syberia creates, although there are some volume issues with quiet lines of spoken dialogue or overly loud sound effects but these are few and far between. The music? my word, the music is a treat. Cinematic orchestra swells in and the low woodwind bellows help pull you into this game that only feels like a movie. Of course, the real treat in Syberia is the story. It caught me off guard. What starts as a story about a toy factory turns into one of the most beautiful dramas about heart and humanity that I have seen in a while topping most movies and TV shows I have seen. Even the subplot between our hero and her boyfriend begins to take center stage and melds with the main plot at the end that could bring tears to your eyes. If you love adventure games or great stories in general, you are doing yourself a disservice by not playing Syberia.
Syberia is an adventure game where you play the role of Kate Walker, a lawyer attempting to locate the heir of an automaton factory in order to get him to sell it. For most of the game Kate is not a very likeable character, and throughout her travels as more is revealed about her life through conversations with her work, friend, mom, and fiancé you can start to see why she is that way and how she starts to change throughout her journey. Though a negative aspect of this is that you are constantly dealing with often annoying and unlikable characters. In your attempts to track down Hans you will travel to different locations through the use of a clockwork train as well as deal with a variety of automatons, one of the most amusing characters is Oscar, an automaton and the conductor of the train. For being developed for a pretty low budget the game looks very good for its time, with good character models and animations, and varied and interesting locations. The puzzles are mostly simple and fit the game's world, being an adventure game you are likely to run into some obtuse ones. The game ends on a cliffhanger and characters and dialogue aren't as memorable as many of the other great adventure games but the varied and detailed locations make the journey a memorable one.
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