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What I Want in 2012: The Witness

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Indie games don't often get heavy marketing. Word of mouth is usually the largest way for Indie games to garner financial success. A game like The Witness deserves and will most likely get such success. This is primarily because it's being designed by Indie game guru Jonathon Blow. For those of you that don't already know, Mr. Blow designed XBLA (and now Steam and PSN) game Braid (which Destructoid, and specifically, reverendanthony, seem to absolutely love), a time-manipulation based platformer which boasts stunning visuals, a brilliant soundtrack, clever puzzles and an enigmatic yet thematic narrative.

I loved braid. And I'm going to love The Witness. In fact, if GTA V isn't released this year, Iím certain The Witness will be my game of the year.


The Keep, before and after the architects' work.

The only criticism with Braid was itís short length; I thought the gameís value was so high that the length really wasnít a problem. However, Blow has said that The Witness will be three to four times the size of Braid. He believes in to-the-point puzzles, so donít worry, the game wonít be full of filler material.

One of the reasons The Witness caught my eye is because of itís similarity with Myst, or at least as far as I remember. I was very young, too young, to have remembered what Myst was about at all. I do although have vague memories of Myst, as this was one of the first games that my dad played after the arcade days. I remember watching my older brother, cousin and dad play through the game, and even now, if I look through the garage, Iíd be able to find a notepad full of scribbling; a mix of numbers, diagrams and words - notes for the many hard puzzles that Myst had.

Knowing Braid, I'm sure the game will be incredibly atmospheric with a great soundtrack. The art, as you can see from the screenshots, are brilliant. It's a colourful, deep, rich world that looks great, as far as Indie or retail games go.

So, please keep an eye out for The Witness when it releases this year, and make sure to buy it if youíre into exploration/puzzle games.
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About naveenwfone of us since 3:47 PM on 06.19.2010

Hi, I'm 18 years old and live in England, just outside London. I grew up in India, and grew up in PC gaming (as well as handheld Nintendo consoles) thanks to my older brother. The games I have fondest memories of were Worms, Counter Strike, Mortal Kombat and Pokemon. And Super Mario 64.

All in no particular order:

Favourite Music Artists
Pink Floyd
BadBadNotGood
Frontier Ruckus
Darkside

Favourite Movies

Waking Life
50/50
Jeff, Who Lives At Home

Favourite TV Shows

Avatar: The Last Airbender
Survivor
The Wire
Twin Peaks

Favourite games:
Anodyne
The Curse of Monkey Island
The Witcher
Dark Souls
Dishonored
Pokemon Crystal
Catherine

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