In "Remember Me," you play as Nilin, a memory hunter suffering from amnesia. Nilin is on a mission to find out who is responsible for her memory loss and what they wanted her to forget. She is not alone on this mission and is joined by some old friends -- and an unwilling ally of whom she has no memory.
From the beginning, Nilin is portrayed as a stereotypical strong female character who becomes stronger as the game goes on. This is not a problem, as you will learn how to use her fighting skills and abilities at the same time she does. While there are a few similarities to another heroine who recently returned to video games, Nilin is definitely unique. From her look to her abilities, Nilin will be hard to forget and so will the city where she lives.
Neo-Paris is more than a flashy name for a city 70 years in the future. It is a fully realized and vibrant spectacle full of people, danger and mystery. The shops display digital information on the windows that add a futuristic feel to the game without being too blunt and obvious. In Neo-Paris, robots are common place and the architecture is beautiful. "Remember Me" knows this and provides a beautiful establishing shot every time Nilin enters a new area. The city is advanced, realistic and it invites you to play.
When not running from mutants, Nilin uses the city to escape her enemies. She is able to maneuver around by climbing and jumping in certain areas. While this is nothing new, it does allow you to gain a up close view at how beautiful the city is rendered. Nilin seems a little stiff when climbing up walls or jumping across roof tops, but I viewed an a early build, so this could be fixed bythe time the game is released in June.
The combo mechanics in "Remember Me" is a new and unique fixture that players will either fall in love with or hate. Combo Lab uses Pressens to build various types of combos. This mechanic is a fun distraction and a great way to edit combat on the fly. It still remains to be seen if players will truly enjoy this feature or will they create one combo and stick with it throughout the game.
It's interesting that the game is called "Remember Me," because the load times are so long that you may not remember anything once play begins. This is only a complaint because the world of "Remember Me" is so cool that I don't want to leave and I can't wait to return. The almost unbearable load times are a hindrance and drastically slow the pace of the game. Chances are that you will forget what you were doing once the game resumes. This also could be a result of an early build of the game.
The world of "Remember Me" is unique. Nilin is a capable heroine whom you will want to learn more about. While the Combo Lab seems to be getting a lot of focus, it is Nilin's ability to alter people's memories that is truly amazing. This ability is staged at certain points doing the game, but the potential of this mechanic for possible sequels is astonishing.
"Remember Me" will be released in June for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.
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