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    dkirschner's Oxenfree (PC)

    [June 12, 2017 10:33:54 PM]
    Wow, super cool narrative heavy 2.5d game. Five teenagers go to an island overnight to drink and smoke and hang out, and your character has a radio because you're supposed to be able to tune it and make something mysterious happen in a cave on the island. Well, you check it out and it isn't whatever you think it might be!

    The story is clever, visuals are beautiful (painted backgrounds and environments that appropriately dwarf the characters), score is perfect (a bit eerie!), but the best part of Oxenfree is the dialogue. The voice work is outstanding and the dialogue sounds so real. I teach 18-year-old humans most days of the year. This is legit (for your standard middle class white suburb at least). I'm reminded of Rick and Morty because they include all the "um" and "uh" and "like" and all those utterances. No Rick burping though.

    The way that you choose dialogue options is brilliant and makes conversations flow better than in ANY game I have ever played. Characters talk to one another and to you, and if your character has anything to say, options will appear that map to three buttons. You press a button to chime in. The innovation is that these aren't responses necessarily. Usually your character will say whatever you said to say right then. Other characters are realistically cut off sometimes. And even cooler, they usually will pick the conversation back up or weave whatever you said into it, even if you sort of change the subject. It really, really works well.

    Gameplay-wise, you basically walk and talk and tune a radio and watch narrative scenes. It's pretty simple. No puzzles really, a few things scattered around for you to find if you want. But I was absolutely captivated the whole way through.

    Give this mesmerizing game a shot. It's a quick 4 hours for a play through.
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    dkirschner's Oxenfree (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Monday 12 June, 2017

    GameLog closed on: Monday 12 June, 2017

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    Not quite sure what to expect. Hopefully a good story! --------- Good lord, really enjoyed this game. Dialogue is amazing.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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