Watch, Don't Listen, to this "Remember Me" Footage
By Joseph Christ on September 6th, 2012 (13 comments)
Capcom has released some more gameplay footage for Remember Me, their cyberpunk platforming title that we first saw about a month ago.
The game looks well and good. The platforming seems to be strong, the combat -though we can't tell how it controls- looks like it has some interesting elements, and even the graphics and visualization of a 2084 Neo Paris is right on the mark.
The biggest issue you're going to find here is with the sound. Everything from the dialogue to the soundtrack goes from alternating levels of distracting to downright terrible. With lines like "Let's play a little game where you turn yourself in and I shoot you anyway!" to a soundtrack that is inundated with electronically generated swoops and stutters, the entire sound field is a terror on the ears.
The soundtrack especially kept making me thinking that my video player was having issues. I understand what they are going for, but adding in constant slowdowns and stutters to a swooping symphonic track does nothing to add atmosphere and does everything to make you think your speakers are broken. Even the soundtrack without those distractions just seems completely soulless. With no sense of dynamic, it's straight cookie cutter action movie symphonics that could be torn out and used for any other chase sequence in any other game and for any other genera.
I would say that I hope these things will be fixed before release, but sound design is an awfully complicated and expensive part of video game production, and I fear that we're going to be left with what they have.
Hopefully everything else can make up for it, and I don't need sound to play.
Joseph Christ is the Reviews Editor and a Podcast Personality at 4Player. Specializing in reviews, editorials, drinking, and saying inappropriate things about gaming franchises that are beloved by millions, his satirical and sometimes edgy style offsets a more serious and penetrating substance lurking below the surface. He is also the host of the Cocktail Time Podcast. You'll follow his Twitter if you know what's good for you.
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