We are combining the emotional impact of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead with the themes of a realistic crime drama like HBO's The Wire, delivered with our own unique visual style inspired heavily by graphic novels.Read full description
The Detail, a crime noir adventure in a modern American city.
We are combining the emotional impact of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead with the themes of a realistic crime drama like HBO's The Wire, delivered with our own unique visual style inspired heavily by graphic novels. This is city where cases matter, clearance rates matter, and on a good day even justice matters.
Controlling the actions of a bitter veteran detective investigating a brutal gangland murder and a reformed criminal trying to protect his family, the player is forced to make tough choices and deal with the resulting consequences of those moral dilemmas. The gameplay focuses on storytelling through point n’ click gameplay mixed with interactive comics, and is completed by a professional audio track.
The five episode season begins with: Episode 1 – Where the Dead Lie
Multiple branching storylines driven by the player’s choices
Interrogate or be interrogated
Multiple playable characters
Run homicide investigations or run from homicide investigations
Balance between politics, justice and the law
The Detail (Episode 1) is a police adventure game with elements of noir narration, and visual style. The story is told through comic book style panels with word bubbles to characters and possible choices you can make displayed on the screen or by putting you in a static crime scene environment with different things or people to click on. The setting stays true to life without any kind of supernatural elements that is commonly found in detective video games, though this can start to be a problem as things can be formulaic, complete with the usual predictable lines that you've been seeing for 30 years on cop shows and movies, complete with the angry police interrogation where you are told to cool down and that this isn't the way things are done and an internal affairs investigator disagreeing with your methods. Even the characters you control are pretty cliche, characters include a rookie cop, burnt out older detective, and former informant. As is almost always the case in these types of games you are offered choices but most have very little meaning as they will amount to little more than callback lines later on, having no real effect on what happens. The art style changes depending on what kind of scene you are looking at and characters can even end up looking different depending on whether or not you are looking at a comic panel, a static character image on a background, or a head during conversations. The first episode will take about an hour and a half to finish. It's nice to see a detective game with a real world setting but most of the game isn't that interesting so far.
Ever watched a cop series on tv? A grim, almost noir kinda show? This game has got that atmosphere in spades. You will be making some tough choices throughout the game and you will be seeing the consequences of those choices come to life. And they are not always pretty. I got on board this game based on a good rumor and one review with a decent score. It turns out this game is able to deliver a great detective drama capable of keeping you perched on the edge of your seat. The graphical style fits the mood very well as well as the tone of the writing. Looking forward to the next episode...
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