Thursday, October 25, 2012

To The Moon (Video Game)

If it's true love and meant to be, no matter how many times you two get separated, in the end you'll end up being together.

I have never been so sadly and emotionally attached to a video game ever before and what's happening to me now perfectly elaborates that there's really a first time for everything, no matter how childish it is.

To The Moon is a perfect game to play during sleepless nights or even during boring daytimes and once you started playing it, you don't want to turn off your computer because of your crave to know what's going to happen next in the story.

Description of the Game (from: Freebird):

"Dr. Eva Rosalene and Dr. Neil Watts have rather peculiar jobs:

They give people another chance to live. Literally.

There exists a technology that allows doctors to weave artificial memories, such that a patient can request attempts to alter their mind, and wake up with memories of things that didn’t actually happen.

However, since these new memories are permanent, the conflict between them and the existing authentic memories clash in such a way that it ceases the person’s ability to properly function.

Thus, the operation is only done to people on their deathbeds, to fulfill what they wish they had done with their lives… but didn’t.

But creating a new memory is not as simple as pressing a button.

The technology requires the doctors to step into the memories of the patient, which are reconstructed as interactive scenes. The doctors then gradually traverse backwards through memories of the patient’s life until they reach childhood — at which point, the wish of the patient in present time would be transferred over.

Along with the doctors’ influence, the patient (as a child) could then lead an entire different life inside their head, working toward and fulfilling their dying wish themselves.

And if all goes well, they would wake up, having lived the dream life they never had, and embrace a brief moment of blissful fulfillment.

Shortly after, they’d draw their last breath.

Every once in a while, there comes a life that is rather peculiar.

This particular story follows Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts’ attempt to fulfill the dream of the dying elderly man, Johnny. In their mission to do so, they traverse backwards through the man’s memories, unfolding his curious life story before their eyes.

With each step back in time, a new fragment of Johnny’s past is revealed. And as the two doctors piece together the puzzled events that spanned a life time, they seek to find out just why the frail old man chose his dying wish to be what it is.

And Johnny’s last wish is, of course… to go to the moon. "

This game probably is one of the best games I have ever played in my life and believe me, I'm not that addicted to computer games and I only rarely play some unless it's on my phone or it's really that addicting. 

I'm very impressed on how the story are flawlessly woven and put up together. The story of the game is pretty romantically and dramatically serious but it was greatly and overwhelmingly beaten up by some comically epic and modern lines by the comical doctor duo; Neil and Eva, but Neil mostly say the funny stuff.

I'm telling you again, when you start playing it, you'll sure not want to stop because of the urge of knowing what'll happen next! I played it only with 2 days and I can finish it with only one or less than a day if it hadn't only for the reason to turn off my laptop.

It's like a visual novel type of adventure RPG kinda game that's why I chose to play it. I like games with story worth knowing and remembering and this game just have it all. It also has a solving puzzles part which can test your way of solving some puzzles fast. Ideal.

I assure you that this game is one of the best and worth a shot! If it's a novel, I'll sure read it. The story actually serves as my 2nd favorite romantic story, only next to the very unbeatable 50 Shades Trilogy. Damn I miss Ana AND Christian.

The Music/OST of the game is worth listening for your ears as well especially the main theme song "Everything's Alright" by Laura Shigihara.

Reception of the Game from wikipedia:
Aggregate scores
Metacritic81 / 100[3]
Review scores
Eurogamer9 / 10[2]
GamePro5/5 stars[4]
GameSpot8.0 / 10[5]
GamesRadar8 / 10[2]
GamrReview9.0 / 10[6]
Metacritic[8]Best User-Rated PC Game
RPGFan[9]Best Indie RPG
GameSpot[10]Best Story

I will surely remember this game for a long time. They even announced the second episode of this game and I am craving to play it, NOW!

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