What they say: Neo-Paris. 2084.Personal memories can now be digitized, 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 minds and steal or even alter their memories. The authorities, fearful of her knowledge and capabilities have 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 that created this surveillance society.
What I say: Often folks say that something is “greater than the sum of its parts”. Remember Me certainly has a lot of…parts. The story is very obviously inspired by Inception and Total Recall. Nilin is able to “edit” or change memories even though hers have been stolen. The act of going into memories is without a doubt the most interesting mechanic of the game. The gameplay, outside the above mentioned memory editing, feels like a mashup of Assassins Creed and Uncharted. I guess if you’re going to borrow, borrow from the best right? But all joking aside, the game works. The storyline is very compelling especially once Nilin starts mucking with the other characters memories. It’s hard to speak much about the story without heading into spoiler territory. But the game moves at a good clip, keeps you interested, and comes to a satisfying conclusion.
The graphics are where this game truly excels. Character models are fantastic and the various parts of Neo Paris are downright gorgeous. The art design is beautiful and that look does add to the appeal of this game. You can tell the folks that worked on this game are truly artists. It truly feels like a shame that such a beautiful game comes along at the end of this console generation. By the time developers fully harness these consoles, it’s time for the next ones.
The game plays pretty smooth as well. As I said it does have a Assassins Creed/Uncharted vibe but it works well. The memory editing scenes really add some freshness to the concept. The fighting is also well done with customizable combos you can learn and tinker with to get buffs to aid in your battles. Developer Dontnod has done a fine job here and I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for the next generation.