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Forgotton Anne – nothing is forgotten? Review

Genre Adventure
Publisher Square Enix
Publisher in Russia missing
Developers ThroughLine Games
Minimum requirements Intel Core i3-530 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM, graphics card with support for DirectX 9.0 C and 512 MB memory eg, NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 / AMD Radeon HD 4870, 12 GB hard disk, Steam account
Recommended requirements Intel Core i3-2125 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz, 4GB RAM, graphics card with support for DirectX 9.0 C and 1GB of memory, e.g. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 / AMD Radeon HD 5850
Release date May 15, 2018
Age limit 12 years
Platform PC, Xbox One, PS4
Official website

The game is tested on PC

With Forgotton Anne I met at Gamescom 2017, and was so impressed that he included a modest adventure in the list of the most interesting projects of the exhibition along with mastodons like The Evil Within 2 and Assassin’s Creed Origins. If you like anime in General and the works of Hayao Miyazaki in particular, it would have done the same. Only I forgot to take to account what was the most exciting game.

The game forgot!

Forgotton Anne fascinates at first sight. Forgotten, forgotten, forgotten, forgotten, many years ago, any attempt to find that nothing quoted. So these things have a long, lounging out of business, but ultimately fell into the forgotten land. There lives Anna with a mentor, to whom all respectfully addressed as “master Bonk”.

Forgotton Anne - nothing is forgotten? ReviewWith a mentor we will communicate exclusively through a special mirror

Despite the fairy-tale overtones, the events immediately take a steep turn. The heroine wakes up in the night by a series of explosions. Agree immediately that “thing” is an intelligent creature in this world. It turns out that part of the forgotten things is not satisfied with the local laws, and they bring confusion in the established order. Before us is the case when you deliberately blurred the introductory part of the play in the hands of narrative. Becoming genuinely interested – what can do to make things?

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Pretty quickly, we learn that the whole population works for the construction of the Essential Bridge, which you can get back to the real world, and again become inanimate objects, but necessary. Most of the time Forgotten Anne Ties Unobtrusive, entertaining way to talk about this very desire to be needed by someone.

A touching story that is understandable to both adults and children, full of memorable and charismatic characters. In the first minutes we meet scarf-rebel, a nervous lamp. Tiffany and boots. The authors cleverly picked up the characters of animated objects, making every one. Was was sincere smile. Say thank you and high-quality voice acting. Thanks to her, the images turned out even slightly exaggerated (which is only the local Sheriff is jumping the gun a Magnum), but in this case it plays to the benefit of the General atmosphere.

Forgotton Anne - nothing is forgotten? ReviewAt least once in the history of video games

However, the first, the essential sense is a more complicated subtext. Forgotton Anne – a pretty serious statement on freedom of will of every rational being. How is ethical person to put oneself above the objects that are endowed with the same mind, feelings, dreams? Anna in the Forgotten lands. Cute girl with the help of special gloves. And no remorse, it’s just stuff, right?

The decision to “drain” if the next creation, often lies with you. The story of Anne Forgotton is almost non-linear and sometimes makes a choice: to solve the next problem in the rude way. And although the ending is determined only by the latest decision, the character of Anna is being formed as it passes. And the consequences of your actions.

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On the use of gloves and tied almost all of the local puzzle, which is not very much. They are divided into three types: charge the battery for anime, turning the taps so that anima sapitula need a mechanism, or to play a variation of tag. Sometimes the project is trying to pretend to be a platformer, but it does not make sense. As a consequence, such cells are deprived of smoothness.

Forgotton Anne - nothing is forgotten? Review

Using gloves stops time and highlights all the objects working on the anime

Inconsistent rhythm – is the scourge Forgotton Anne. It felt too constricted, especially in the second half. Some times it seems that for the final, but it is not. Although the feeling is the time to put an end. Some moments, perhaps to explain and not worth it. History of Anna and the Master of the Bonk is far from unique, so it is unclear why only these two were in a Forgotten land.

Too often on the screen. Very revealing episode: Anna sleeps in the boat, slowly moving by sea against the clear blue sky. And there is nothing. Exactly. For several painfully long minutes. Anna sleeps. The boat slip. All.

Sometimes it seems that ThroughLine Games so deliberately mocks. I never would have thought that the stairs can be so slow to rise or descend. And you know what? There is an achievement for a certain number of steps! Just kidding! And Who was the idea? Understand correctly, they are well written and well voiced. Only reading subtitles still faster, and the next sentence will have to wait. And wait. And wait. This is not a serious obstacle on the first pass, but if you want to replay any episode, get ready to listen again. But they say here a lot.

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Forgotton Anne - nothing is forgotten? ReviewEach background in the game is detailed and and captures the feeling of “depth”

In the end, you can not escape the feeling that Forgotten Anne was perceived to be much brighter in a full-length anime. The developers have not come up with enough variety and interesting puzzles and platforming elements were not able to make smooth and rhythmic. The nonlinearity of the choices. The Forgotten Anne in the form of the game.

Advantages:

  • wonderful visuals in the spirit of Studio Ghibli;
  • interesting story with a “double bottom”, where you can form the character of the heroine;
  • charismatic characters;
  • cleverly written and well-voiced …

Disadvantages:

  • … which you can not skip, even if you want;
  • the general feeling of the slowness, both in plot and in gameplay.
Graphics Detailed panache in the spirit of Japanese animation creates a unique atmosphere of the world of the forgotten things. Slightly spoils the picture only a few clumsy animation.
Sound Beautiful iridescent melodies piano set a nice background, and the actors literally breathe life into their characters, even if it is only things.
Single game Not the worst of the best of adventure platformers. The gameplay is, rather, a justification for a fascinating story.
Collective game Not provided.
Overall impression Forgotton Anne is a beautiful and smart tale. But it should be a game, as the creators seem to have forgotten. Besides, sometimes I get the impression that her artificially stretched – just for the sake of increasing duration.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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