Resonance: another adventure game that's caught my attention
Resonance opens, like many thrillers do, with a bang.
In fact, it opens with several, as seen in the in-game news report that introduces the game: explosions are happening in the buildings housing the seats of power of various countries across the globe, and no one knows who's behind it all. From this brief snippet of future history, the game then skips back 60 hours and puts us in control of a lanky scientist in a rat hole of an apartment who has just made an incredible discovery.
Resonance may open with the beginnings of a mildly familiar modern-day sci-fi disaster plot, but it's unlike any adventure game I've played before. The retro presentation may be off-putting to some, but the game flows as snappily as a well-plotted TV episode. The dialogue is well-written and delivered capably with above average (if not particularly noteworthy) voice acting.
There are four characters to control, who initially are all off in their own corner of the city, doing their own thing and minding their own business. In the half-hour or so that I spent playing the demo, I have played a somewhat sloppy but intelligent mathematician or physicist, a middle-aged cop with a slightly flexible definition of duty, and what seems to be an investigative reporter who's about to get in over his head. They all have their own puzzles and challenges to face, and the solutions do make sense in a real-world context so far.
Each character has the traditional adventure game inventory, but they also have slots for long-term memory and short-term memory. By dragging objects in the scene to the short-term memory box, the player can use it as a topic of conversation during dialogue, or possibly (I'm speculating here) as an object you can combine with other objects, much like how connecting ideas worked in The Blackwell Legacy. I didn't see how long-term memory worked, but I assume the process is similar.
I think this game has a lot going for it and it's worth checking out. It's currently selling for USD 8.99 on GOG, but it'll be 10 bucks after its release on June 19. RPS was kind enough to link to the game demo here.
Any thoughts you guys would like to share about Resonance, or modern adventure games in general?