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    dkirschner's Immortality (PC)

    [July 8, 2023 02:19:00 PM]
    Utterly engrossing FMV mystery, following Her Story and Telling Lies. Played in two sittings, separated by a night's sleep. This is the best scripted, best acted, and best produced of these games so far. Each one has been more complex than the last. For Immortality, they basically wrote and shot three movies. Piecing together the plots of the three movies was captivating enough, and then there's a whole other supernatural layer to make sense of (my understanding of that part was incomplete at best, and made a lot more sense after I read the plot online). I was more interested in the three movies themselves, but I guess they wanted the supernatural piece to add some mystery to the game and to say more about its themes. I feel like I have played a lot of games recently that were about art...

    This game does away with the "keyword search" of Barlow's previous two games and instead uses an interesting image search to find similar images across scenes. Let's say you see a bright red apple in a scene. Click on the apple, and it will open another scene (of any of the movies) with a red apple. Click on the apple, and it'll open up yet another scene with an apple. Click on an actor and it'll take you to another scene with that actor. In this way, you build an archive of these three films that you can sort by objects, or time, or actor, or whatever. It allows you to follow symbols, stories, careers. They removed everything that I previously had found annoying about rewinding in previous games. Rewinding in this one was fast. The scenes were also shorter than Telling Lies, which had some really long ones. I found the pacing excellent. Toward the end, it does get a little bit annoying (some people hated this, but I didn't mind much) when you've found 95% of the scenes and you're trying to figure out what you need to click on to reveal what's left, what you need to actually wrap up the story.

    Absolutely loved it. I couldn't stop thinking about it. Play with a controller. Trust me.
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    dkirschner's Immortality (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Saturday 1 July, 2023

    GameLog closed on: Sunday 2 July, 2023

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Mesmerizing. The acting is outstanding. --------- Yeah, this is phenomenal. Figuring out the film plots is engrossing.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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