Apr 25, 2010

Thoughts on Again for the DS

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Again came out on the DS at the beginning of the month, and I believe no one has even heard of it. It's by Cing the makers of Trace Memory, Little King's Story, and one of my favorite DS games Hotel Dusk. Again is a game just like Trace Memory and Hotel Dusk, basically an interactive novel puzzle adventure game.

You hold the DS sideways just like a book, as you play as a detective trying to solve a case that happened 19 years ago. You stumble onto a power you have that lets you compare rooms to the past and present. When you notice something different in the past, you can try to make it the same in the present. When you do, you get a glimpse of what happened in the past. You also have to speak to people that knew the victims, and get information out of them.

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This game looks pretty different from any other DS game I've played before. Each character is actually an actor or actress, placed into the DS. The graphics look alright for the DS, but when the game wants to be creepy... Oh my Kermit the Frog... it is. Might just be me, but sometimes looking into the past, the music, the looks of the room, the people in the past... it can just be creepy.

Final Say: I enjoyed the story in this game, it's not as great as Hotel Dusk, but it gets the job done. It took me around 11 to 12 hours to beat Again, and I had a blast playing it. There were parts like going back and forth to people that got very annoying, but overall I liked it. If you're like me and love the genre, and have played Hotel Dusk, and the Phoenix Wright series, then check out Again.

My Worries:
"Cing filed for bankruptcy in Japan on March 1, 2010. The company was reportedly suffering from liabilities of 256 million yen (USD 2.9m/EUR 2.1m)." - Wiki.
This has me worried because a sequel to Hotel Dusk has been made, but it's only available in Japan! I'm hoping for them to bring it here to North America!

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