Remember Me is a rare game. What I mean by this is its new. Brand new. New developer, new intellectual property and a triple A title. It takes all the best bits from the most successful games in this generation and knits them together. An interesting female protagonist and game world that is seemingly deep complete this pretty package. But is it any good?
Remember Me follows Nilin, a mixed race, uber fit, memory hunter with a bad case of amnesia. And her own memories are what you’ll be hunting for. She makes for a refreshing hero, not just because she’s female, but also because she’s dressed sensibly, not like the over sexed space dominatrix that this generation has been cursed with.
Memorize Corporation is the future, their Sensen technology allows the world to literally package up their memories and share them with everyone. As you uncover the truth behind this new technology Nilins story unfolds and you quickly become ensnared in her involvement with Memorize. Unfortunately the backstory (which is fantastic) is well hidden in collectables scattered throughout the game, so for the whole picture you’ll have to dig deep around Neo-Paris.
The three main ingredients that make up Remember Me are platforming, puzzles and combat. The former being a mix of sliding down poles, shimmying across window ledges and leaping from roof to roof while avoiding preying eyes and spot lights. Puzzles aren’t too complicated and normally revolve around the unlocking of doors and such.
The combat is heavily combo based and like many a game of the past couple of years, is pretty much a nod to the Arkham games. The fluidity feels good as you pull of all manner of combos against a range of enemies from robots to security goons. The boss battles are similar, stringing a number of big hits together in order to activate a finishing combination to finish the fight.
The memory remixes are probably the coolest part of remember me. Nilin literally jumps into other people’s memories to try to change their state of mind. These let you see a different side to some of the characters, and bring some pretty emotional scenes to the player, none of which would work in the conventional narrative. It’s a shame that there are only a handful of these in the game.
Remember me is a fantastic looking game with great art direction that brings Neo-Paris to life brilliantly. The score is also excellent and mixes electronic sounds with traditional orchestral instruments. At its core there is a great game hidden beneath a few mechanical faults and slightly hidden narrative, but it’s beautiful and intriguing world and appealing heroin more than make this at least worth a rental.