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First 10! Remember Me

The Overseas Connection gives a First 10 look and impressions for Remember Me.

  • Developer: DONTNOD
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: June 4, 2013
  • Platform: Xbox 360, PS3 & PC
  • Rating: M

Remember Me is set in the year 2084, and you take the role of Nilin, a memory hunter in a futuristic version of Paris called Neo-Paris.  There is a definite “Blade Runner” vibe to the settings and promises something unique in the manipulation of memories to affect the world.

Game play for Remember Me is a “Batman” like combat system where you are stringing together combo’s as well as parry counters.  Unique to Remember Me is the ability to actually create your own combo’s via an upgrade system.  As you earn XP you will unlock new combo combo’s and abilities that you can use in creating different systems.  The combo system feels unique but ultimately doesn’t feel impactfull enough for you to really care about manipulating the system.  Sadly the combat will feel very “button mashy” and its a shame as this could have been a real bonus to the game.  Complicating things significantly is a camera system that will work against you more than work with you.

Graphically the game looks good, not great.  Character design can feel a bit sterotypical and aethetically lacking.  Voice acting is average to bad at times.  Some of the cutscenes will have you believing you are watching something from a daytime drama more than a scifi video game.   Beyond that music and sound effects are there, but sadly nothing memorable.

Ultimately this was a game with tons of potential that just didn’t live up to it.  It certainly isn’t worth the stick price and we are hard pressed to say how much cheaper makes it worth picking up.  Look for a deal for sure… or rent but nobody should be paying full price for this game.

First 10 Impression:  2 out of 5      

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First 10 Impression Legend:
5 out of 5 - We absolutely will pick this game up, Feels like it will be a huge hit and worth our dollars.
4 out of 5
 - Initial impressions left us thinking its a really good game, maybe even great.  Asking full price doesn’t feel like too much of a stretch. 
3 out of 5 - Feels like its a bit more niche, and may only appeal to fans of the genre or subject matter of the story.  Very much on the fence about paying full price for the game.  Drop the price and surely we would give it a go. 
2 out of 5 - Based on initial reaction this is definitely niche and will be no more than a rent for us, unless we are fans of the IP in which case we might just be crazy enough to buy it.  
1 out of 5 - So bad we can’t even say we want to give it a rent.  Stay clear, you have been warned. 

First 10: State of Decay

The Overseas Connection gives a First 10 look and impressions for State of Decay.

  • Developer: Undead Labs
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Release Date: June 5, 2013
  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Rating: M

State of Decay offers up a refreshing spin on the zombie apocalypse.   I think the best description we can give is GTA meets Resident Evil.  This is an open world game that while a downloadable XBLA title, it offers a depth of game play not seen in most downloadable (if not any other) game considered an “arcade” title.

Game play wise the game puts you in the roll of a unlucky survivor who stumbles into the zombie apocalypse.  You have complete freedom to roam the expansive map area on foot or via vehicles ala GTA style.  You will come across a varying degree of zombies in terms of numbers and types of zombies.   And like GTA games, you can put the beat down on any zombie you come across either with hand held weapons or different weapons.   This is where the comparison to GTA though stops and we start looking at this game as much more of a RPG.   You have skills that upgrade, you have fellow survivors you will recruit and have to care for with food and shelter, you have weapons and vehicles that can be repaired as well as outposts that can be upgraded.   There is even a morale system in place that actually matters… your choices in this game 100% will impact the world and your experience.   Saying this game is deep doesn’t give it enough justice.   You will have tons of hours of game play through the standard story as well as the ability to continue to play after the main story finishes.

Not all is perfect with State of Decay.  Graphically speaking the game is nice to look at on the surface but it does suffer from frame rate issues, tearing and pop-in.   All these things are symptomatic of this game being pushed into a 2GB file size as well as hardware that is aging to say the least.   Audio wise their is voice acting but it is far from memorable, and the story while decent isn’t going to win any awards.

So how can a game with such graphical issues be considered a good game and worth a look?  Because it just is.  State of Decay succeeds even with its short falls because of the incredible depth of game play.  This is truly the zombie experience many have been asking for and then some.   Being the game is on XBLA and has a free trial we say this is a game anyone on XBLA should be giving a serious look.

First 10 Impression:  4 out of 5      

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First 10 Impression Legend:
5 out of 5 - We absolutely will pick this game up, Feels like it will be a huge hit and worth our dollars.
4 out of 5
 - Initial impressions left us thinking its a really good game, maybe even great.  Asking full price doesn’t feel like too much of a stretch. 
3 out of 5 - Feels like its a bit more niche, and may only appeal to fans of the genre or subject matter of the story.  Very much on the fence about paying full price for the game.  Drop the price and surely we would give it a go. 
2 out of 5 - Based on initial reaction this is definitely niche and will be no more than a rent for us, unless we are fans of the IP in which case we might just be crazy enough to buy it.  
1 out of 5 - So bad we can’t even say we want to give it a rent.  Stay clear, you have been warned. 

First 10! Metro Last Light – Gameplay & Impressions

The Overseas Connection gives a First 10 look and impressions for Metro Last Light

  • Developer: 4A Games
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Platform: Xbox 360,  PS3 & PC
  • Rating: M

Metro Last Light is a game that has emerged from the ashes of THQ and shines brightly.  You again play the role of Artyom and see yourself in the familiar confines of a post apocalyptic Moscow dealing with not only menacing mutant like creatures that have emerged in the wake of war from the effects of the changed eviornment on the surface.

Metro Last Light does many, many things right.  Graphically the game is gorgeous in its look and feel.  There are definitely moments in the game that I saw some screen tearing but they were few and far between and certainly not enough to take anything away from the game.  Game mechanics are solid top to bottom and difficulty modes should ensure you can find a level of challenge that will make the game even more rewarding.  Gun-play feels tight and with just the right amount of thump.  Audio wise it’s a fantastic game save for a few moments of audio cutting in and out but again its nothing that will kill the experience.

The story is quite good, not great mind you, but it is good and manages to pull in some of its branching points into a finale worthy of the linear journey.  There were a few moments where I had wished the developer had chose not to include some elements but they are small quibles for a game that exceeds almost every expectation.   The ending wont leave you at the water cooler wanting to talk about its meaning (ala Bioshock Infinite) but the game will leave you wishing there was more to play. 

Without hesitation we say Metro Last Light should be on your play list!

First 10 Impression:  5 out of 5      

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First 10 Impression Legend:
5 out of 5 - We absolutely will pick this game up, Feels like it will be a huge hit and worth our dollars.
4 out of 5
 - Initial impressions left us thinking its a really good game, maybe even great.  Asking full price doesn’t feel like too much of a stretch. 
3 out of 5 - Feels like its a bit more niche, and may only appeal to fans of the genre or subject matter of the story.  Very much on the fence about paying full price for the game.  Drop the price and surely we would give it a go. 
2 out of 5 - Based on initial reaction this is definitely niche and will be no more than a rent for us, unless we are fans of the IP in which case we might just be crazy enough to buy it.  
1 out of 5 - So bad we can’t even say we want to give it a rent.  Stay clear, you have been warned. 

First 10 – Sanctum 2 Gameplay and Impressions

The Overseas Connection gives a First 10 look and impression for Sanctum 2.

  • Developer: Coffee Stain Studios
  • Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
  • Release Date:May  15, 2013
  • Platform: Xbox 360,  PS3 & PC
  • Rating: T

Sanctum 2 is the successor to the unique First Person Shooter / Tower Defense game… Sanctum.  Sanctum 2 will feel quite similar to those who might have played games like Iron Brigade (aka Trenched).  While it lacks much of the charm of Iron Brigade it does deliver a very good gameplay experience that fans of both Iron Brigade and the game Defense Grid should be able to have some appreciation for.

Ultimately this game is a solid enough experience to justify the purchase price of $15 but it is rather niche so it may only appeal to those that are fans of  more tower defense like games.  We highly recommend trying the demo / trial out first if you have that option.

First 10 Impression:  3 out of 5      

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First 10 Impression Legend:
5 out of 5 - We absolutely will pick this game up, Feels like it will be a huge hit and worth our dollars.
4 out of 5
 - Initial impressions left us thinking its a really good game, maybe even great.  Asking full price doesn’t feel like too much of a stretch. 
3 out of 5 - Feels like its a bit more niche, and may only appeal to fans of the genre or subject matter of the story.  Very much on the fence about paying full price for the game.  Drop the price and surely we would give it a go. 
2 out of 5 - Based on initial reaction this is definitely niche and will be no more than a rent for us, unless we are fans of the IP in which case we might just be crazy enough to buy it.  
1 out of 5 - So bad we can’t even say we want to give it a rent.  Stay clear, you have been warned. 

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