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    dkirschner's MASQ (Web)

    [February 20, 2014 06:43:55 PM]
    Interesting "choose your own adventure" type game. I found out about this from PC Gamer's Top 100 Games of All Time list from some issue like 6 months ago that I just got around to reading. Apparently it's been around since 2002 and the purpose is to tell a compelling narrative in a nontraditional gaming format. So it's like a comic book style game that just plays out in scenes. You make dialogue decisions that advance the plot. The plot will also advance on its own. If you don't select an option, other characters will continue acting.

    Pretty much every dialogue choice affects story events. I played through 5 times (it's really quick) and made it to the "end" the last time. I wound up in jail a couple times, a successful fashion designer one time, I may have died once...There's a really complex narrative behind what you see. Each time I played through, I learned different things about relationships among characters, like who Nikki was, what my wife was up to late at night, why Carlos was killed, how to get money from the bank and from an investor...I'm sure there are a hundred other scenes I didn't see yet. It's pretty cool.

    Obviously, since 2002 this kind of branching storyline has been done in The Witcher series and a bunch of Bioware games and other more notable stuff. This game is still really interesting and surprisingly engaging even though it's (mostly) black and white, just comic book pictures, and has no sound. Worth playing through a couple times if you're interested in a unique approach to storytelling style in games. And it's so short, you can go through it a few times in an hour.
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    dkirschner's MASQ (Web)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Thursday 20 February, 2014

    GameLog closed on: Thursday 20 February, 2014

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Interesting episodic and interactive graphic novel with replayability for different parts of the story.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstar

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