Remember Me is one of those games that grabbed me by the nostrils the moment I seen it. It has all the hallmarks of a great work of science fiction in video games, and thus far, not a single thing I’ve seen has been disappointing, be it screen shots, character art, limited story details or even just conversing with my peers over the way the game seems to fundamentally “move” differently than other games. It has all been good. It has a certain Deus Ex feel about it, which is strange. When you see a game that tries to ape Deus Ex, you generally get a strange, bloom rich, flaccid sort of game. But this game isn’t trying to be like Deus Ex. And that is just awesome! That two games can exist in the same medium nowadays, have similar styling and similar plot development (so far) and not be criticized is a good thing, it just proves that the developer (who can be found at @C4RP3R) knows exactly what’s going on and how to handle such a promising title. Now I’m not one to gush on the franchises that look appealing to me, so I never like to speak about my expectations for games unless I have first hand experience with them, or I have seen a solid reel of game play. Having seen a moderate amount of game play in the trailers and releases we have all seen, I’m confident that this is either going to be a blockbuster, or a hidden gem with a monstrous cult following, once again just like Deus Ex, massively popular, but only in the right circles. And besides, have you heard the audio tracking for it? “Remember Me” has some of the best vocal work I’ve heard in a really long time, and on top of that, it is fully voice in 5 languages! THAT is commitment to your product, and there is certainly a great deal of conviction driving this game forward. Speaking about the game, Capcom had this to say:
“Neo-Paris. 2084. Personal memories can now be digitised, bought, sold and traded. The last remnants of privacy and intimacy have been swept away in what appears to be a logical progression of the explosive growth of social networks at the beginning of the 21st century. The citizens themselves have accepted this surveillance society in exchange for the comfort only smart technology can provide. This memory economy gives immense power over society to just a handful of people. Remember Me™ is a 3rd person action adventure where players take on the role of Nilin, a former elite memory hunter with the ability to break into people’s mindsand steal or even alter their memories. The authorities, fearful of her knowledge and capabilities arrested Nilin and wiped her memory clean. After her escape from prison, Nilin sets out on a mission to recover her identity, helped by her last and only friend. This search for her past leads to her being hunted by the very people thatcreated this surveillance society.
• Speculative, stunning vision of our future – Discover Neo-Paris 2084, where augmented reality and memory digitisation have taken control of peoples’ lives.
• Play as Nilin – an elite memory hunter with a clouded past – Become the most wanted memory hunter in Neo-Paris and experience the power to break into peoples’ minds to steal their memories. Gain the information you need directly from people’s heads, to complete your missions and recover your own memory.
• Memory Remix – This innovative new gameplay mechanic allows players to use Nilin’s powers and alter parts of people’s memories in real-time gameplay. This will change characters’ complete perspective on their self-image and the people around them, which can have grave consequences for the world in 2084.
• A balanced mix of combat and exploration – Fight your way through the different environments Neo-Paris has to offer, using Nilin’s proficiency in martial arts, as both hunter and prey!
• Localised voice over – Remember Me will include fully localised voice over in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian as well as subtitles in Russian, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese.”
If that brief list of information, plus the plot summary doesn’t get you all hot and bothered, then I don’t know what will. A certain thing that grabbed my interest was the fact that Nilin is “proficient” in martial arts. To me, that’s just awesome, I’ve had enough running around with a massive testosterone guns taking fist sized chunks out of my enemies, it will be nice to close the distance and get down to brawling, the mere implementation of close combat dramatically changes any game, imagine Metal Gear Solid without CQC or Gears of War without the lancer, getting in your opponents face is always an interesting way to change things up.
Seriously, put this one on your pre-order list. And, don’t forget to remember me and stay tuned for more information as and when it happens.