I really want Remember Me to do well. It has an awesome Bladerunner-esque setting going for it, a strong, interesting female lead, and it takes some interesting risks to boot. But based on the hands-on demo I tried today, it still has a ways to go.
I took control of the protagonist Nilin, who was actually my favorite part of the demo. It's clear that she's going to be a big hit when it comes to "new favorite characters of 2013" lists, and her iconic look and attitude ensures potential cross-promotion with future Capcom IPs.
But as an action fan, I just wasn't digging the combat system. It was all fairly simplistic, with less than average AI to boot. Basically, your standard combos are enacted with the X/Y (Square/Triangle) buttons, with the A/X button functioning as a dodge move. There is an emphasis on timing (think Phantasy Star Online), but it's not absolutely necessary for success, as I had no issue beating down the baddies in question with standard attacks, and simple one button dodging.
The demo featured a lot of killing of mindless enemies fairly early in the game, as well as a few unique battles, like one in which I squared off with a ton of little enemies that buffed and protected a larger enemy. It wasn't anything special (basically a kill the adds then kill the big bad encounter), but I get the feeling that Remember Me will expand and diversify these encounters as the game goes on.
From a platforming perspective, it's basically Uncharted lite. There's a bunch of scripted happenings, like enemies falling off a cliff over your head, or bursting pipes, but none of it is nearly as impressive as say, the opening truck over the cliff climb in Uncharted 2, or most of the climbing sequences in the new Tomb Raider. It's also even easier than all of those games, with yellow arrows showing you the "correct" path.
Neo-Paris however, the game's setting, is gorgeous looking. It's sufficiently atmospheric, and really gets the job done at showing off a unique, bleak sci-fi setting that isn't really utilized that much in this current era of media. I really dug the feature that allows you to see memories of hidden areas that have yet to come, forcing you to actually learn the layout of your surroundings with more than just "go here, do this" prompts.
Of course, the final version could have a much more intricate combat system, when the "Combo Lab" mechanic is fully realized, and faster platforming. But with the game releasing this June, I hope they take a look at some of these aforementioned issues.
|8:00 PM on 05.08.2013|
Pre-order Remember Me and get some Street Fighter moves
I'm just going to cut to the curious chase here: if you decide to pre-order the upcoming memory-punching, lady-starring, Capcom-published game Remember Me from either Best Buy, Amazon, or Steam, you'll be granted t...more
|3:00 PM on 05.07.2013|
Remember Me exclusive music samples, composer commentary
Are you looking forward to Remember Me next month? I've been looking forward to the game's soundtrack, composed by Olivier Deriviere, who some may know from Alone in the Dark and Of Orcs and Men.We're now getting a sense of w...more
|10:00 AM on 05.06.2013|
Preview: Remember Me is certainly memorable
We've covered Dontnod's upcoming Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game, Remember Me, a fair bit before, with a meaty first look, a shorter preview and even an interview with the game's creative director, Jean-Max Moris. B...more
|12:00 PM on 05.03.2013|
Remember Me gets all up into your head with this trailer
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|1:00 PM on 04.07.2013|
PC specs for Remember Me released
With Remember Me launching June 4, Capcom has seen fit to put out the list of requirements for Dontnod Entertainment's upcoming memory-manipulating action-adventure game. I remember being excited for Remem...more
|4:15 PM on 04.05.2013|
Remember Me devs discuss designing a female lead
Remember Me is an exciting new title Capcom plans to publish this coming June, and put together by Paris-based developers Dontnod Entertainment. The intriguing cyberpunk adventure follows Nilin, an elite memory hunter who tr...more
|1:00 AM on 04.05.2013|
The enemies in Remember Me sure look freaky
Capcom has a new trailer for Remember Me, which features a few enemy types, outcast mutants of some sort, robots, etc. There's also a perfectly fine amount of the main character, Nilin, engaging with these antagonists. It al...more
|4:00 PM on 04.03.2013|
Interview: Social networking gone bad in Remember Me
I recently got the chance to attend Anaheim Wondercon 2013, swinging by the Capcom booth in hopes of scoring some cool Monster Hunter swag. I must admit however, it was a bit disappointing to see how heavily the company conti...more
|11:45 AM on 02.27.2013|
Remember Me coming out on June 4 in North America
Remember Me will be out on the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on June 4 in North America, and June 7 in Europe. The third-person cyberpunk-ish action game where you hunt down memories also got this new trailer that gives a ...more
|8:30 AM on 05.21.2013|
Don't panic! Resident Evil Revelations has weeks of DLC
I know you're all worried to the point of a nervous breakdown over whether or not the recently released console version of Resident Evil Revelations will have lots of downloadable content. You may now put your terrors to bed,...more
|4:30 PM on 05.20.2013|
Hop through time with the fifth Mega Man comic collection
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|2:01 AM on 05.20.2013|
Review: Resident Evil Revelations (Wii U)
Resident Evil Revelations was a great action horror title. So good, it absolutely humiliated Resident Evil 6 by being superior in every single way -- a fact made especially delicious considering it was a 3DS game in contrast ...more