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Question about recent adventure games

posted by Olaus Petrus on - last edited - Viewed by 206 users

Ever since TTG revived my interest towards the adventure games I have been trying to look new titles which I could play. Mostly I'm familiar with old LucasArts and Sierra games. Besides that I played for example Adventure Soft's, Westwood's and Legend's adventure games. I haven't really followed the genre after Monkey 4 and Gabriel Knight 3, but it seems that there are some game series which have received generally positive reviews.

I have read about three series which either continued or were entirely made after 2000, The Longest Journey, Syberia and Broken Sword, which I might try. Although I want to hear if our adventure veterans got opinion about those before I make any purchases. Are those really good games or did they get positive comments because there wasn't anything better available during that time.

And feel free to recommend any other recent adventure games.

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  • The Longest Journey - great
    Dreamfall (TLJ sequel) - good
    Syberia 1 & 2 - brilliant
    Broken Sword 1 & 2 - superb
    Broken Sword 3 & 4 - good

  • The best is the Broken Sword saga, withoutdoubt.
    The two first are true masterpieces. The third and the forth are good but not awesome.

    The Longest Journey is a good game, with some very good puzzles, an awesome story, but a lot of kinda boring dialogues. And a virtually imposible (without guide or wild trial-and-error) puzzle: Damn underwater altar!!!
    I didn't like the sequel (Dreamfall) at all.

    The Syberia saga is nice story, beautiful graphics, but flat gameplay.

  • @Olaus Petrus said: The Longest Journey

    Quite nice. The topics raised are still relevant and I've never seen another game even trying to discuss some of them. The only problem I have with the game is that one part of game is so much more interesting than the other. When I was forced to leave it to continue the adventure elsewhere I just lost the initially huge interest I had for the game and its world. Gamewise it's so-so. The puzzles were never amazing. Play it for the story and the rich world.

    @Olaus Petrus said: Syberia

    This is one of the cosiest games I've ever played. Snow is great for the atmosphere and the story unfolds very nice. I also really loved the technical parts of the puzzles that the old man has left behind for you to solve. They all play very good and I never got stuck due to anything being illogical. Not a great epic story, but then, not every game needs that. Play it in autumn/winter or on rainy days with a nice cup of tea or coffee in front of you.

    @Olaus Petrus said: Broken Sword

    The series start out great but I think most people would agree that the later parts are not close to the first two. Sadly, the move to 3D ruined this for me and especially part three felt unfinished. Part 1 and 2, though, are masterpieces. They are more like regular adventures that would be great cartoons or even movies. The characters are adorable and you'll definitely remember many of them. Lots of my friends had problem with the difficulty in part two but it can definitely be solved of your mindset is right.

  • The three series you mentioned are great on the whole, as explained by the posters above me.

    However, personally I felt that recent adventure games overdid the inventory puzzles. It's usually about combining items in a sense that is probably only logical to the game designer and nobody else. And with the obvious lengthy gameplay in the recent games (as compared to the adventure games in the early and mid 90s), there will be many more inventory puzzle than there are any other sort of puzzles, putting a dent in the overall gameplay of adventure gaming.

    Also, with voices and cinematography being part and parcel of recent adventure game, the excitement the characters bring about are a big part of adventure games now. And on that note, I really can't recommend Syberia to anyone, since the protagonist - Kate Walker, is pure boring. Yes, Syberia have some of the most memorable scenes ever and I'd personally played it twice (both I & II) to relive the scenes. However, the conversation and the lack of humour can really put a dent in the interest of continual playing.

    There are many recent adventures game out there in the market. And it really depend on your interest to choose your poison. If you like humor, you can consider Ankh, Ceville, and Grim Fandango (since you didn't mention it). If you like murder/suspense, you can consider Still Life, Agatha Christie's series and Barrow Hill. If you like Myst-like game, you can try Myst IV & V, Atlantis series, Mysterious Island and Echo.

    I also highly recommend you to visit adventuregamers for more adventure game coverage.

  • @smashing said: There are many recent adventures game out there in the market. And it really depend on your interest to choose your poison. If you like humor, you can consider Ankh, Ceville, and Grim Fandango (since you didn't mention it). If you like murder/suspense, you can consider Still Life, Agatha Christie's series and Barrow Hill. If you like Myst-like game, you can try Myst IV & V, Atlantis series, Mysterious Island and Echo.

    I also highly recommend you to visit adventuregamers for more adventure game coverage.

    Grim Fandango I got (and I have played it several times), infact I have bought every LucasArts adventure games besides Labyrinth, Maniac Mansion, Zak McKraken and Day of the Tentacle. (Everything else in CD, except Indy games which I have in Amiga and Steam versions and Loom and SMI:SE which I have only in Steam versions). I certainly hope that they would put Day of the Tentacle to Steam, because finding CD version has turned out to be practically impossible (and if I'm correct DoTT includes the original Maniac Mansion as game inside game).

    But I will read reviews about the games you mentioned and see if I can find demo versions of any of the games mentioned in this thread.

  • @corruptbiggins said: The Longest Journey - great
    Dreamfall (TLJ sequel) - good
    Syberia 1 & 2 - brilliant
    Broken Sword 1 & 2 - superb
    Broken Sword 3 & 4 - good

    I agree with all of these, and I append:

    Fahrenheit (also known as Indigo Prophecy).

  • Syberia is a pure snooze fest. I hated it. The Myst series is more engaging. My wife enjoyed them but even she agrees with me that they're much more boring than other adventures.

  • I didn't care much about Syberia myself either. The story is interesting, but the game itself is so very truly boring, as are the locations. For the record, I only played (and finished) the first one.

  • I only like adventure games with humour if I'm honest,

  • The Longest Journey was ok. Their was one section of the game that had great puzzles, but the rest were so so. The story was pretty good, but for some reason it didn't quite satisfy me. The cut scenes and conversations got old fast. They included way too much information, because most of it was not relevant to the plot. They also need to learn that cut scenes should consist of more then two characters facing each other for 10 minutes while they talk about possibly important plot point. The voice acting is great.

    Recently, I have found that the Japanese have been making graphic adventures for the Nintendo DS. Cing put out Trace Memory, which is pretty good, as well as Hotel Dusk Room 215. If you have a DS, they may be worth checking out.

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