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Remember Me review round up

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I’ve been looking forward to Capcom and DONTNOD’s future dystopian memory-mixer Remember Me since it was debuted at Gamescom last year – and a recent hands-on session with the opening section of the game had me convinced. It seems that section may have showed only the good stuff – because the game is receiving some pretty wide ranging reviews. Is Remember Me best forgotten?

Here’s what the scores look like:

Metro – 5/10: Remember Me is leant some air of unpredictability simply because it’s not the seventh sequel in an overfamiliar franchise, but that novelty cannot overcome the legion of rough edges and half-formed ideas. The game’s name may seem ironic at first, but by the end it feels more like a plea for help that doesn’t deserve to be answered.

IB Times – 7/10: The game’s seriously let down by the dialogue and the plot; for all the interest piqued by Remember Me’s leading woman, Dontnod does nothing with her, or any of the characters for that matter. The story’s just flaccid and uninteresting. The lead character’s a woman which, sadly, in videogames, is still kind of remarkable, but after that, there’s little to bite into.

Polygon – 8/10: Remember Me suffers when it pushes its design beyond the capabilities of its mechanics, when its gameplay ambitions exceed its capacity to meet them. Most games would falter under the weight of those mechanical complications, and Remember Me eyes trouble the most pointedly when it falls prey to overused video game conventions. But Remember Me’s fiction and world-building make it more than just another running, jumping and climbing oriented beat-em-up – they make it a future worth exploring.

CVG – 7/10: So, while Remember Me remains fictionally fresh, with its finger on the pulse, its visionary ideas give way to a less inspiring reality: an ambitious world hamstrung by a lot of fighting and platforming.

Destructoid – 6/10: One has to applaud Remember Me‘s desire to be something more than the average videogame, but desire is worthless on its own. If it had spent more time actually being unique and interesting, rather than working so hard merely to look it, and if it had genuinely created a deep and compelling combat system as opposed to taking an old one and dressing it up as something different, we could indeed have had a brilliant game on our hands.

Gamereactor – 6/10: I had really hoped that Remember Me would be better. A few adjustments, and the character could easily have been one or two steps higher. And the only thing that keeps Remember Me back, it’s mediocre gameplay. The rest of the game is in the same league as the genre’s best.

Videogamer – 4/10: Remember Me is nothing more than an entirely forgettable tour de farce of archaic game design. Its horrific dialogue, sickening camera and regressive combat are major blips in a title that poses one major question: was this game worth releasing? ‘Dontnod’ is arguably the right answer.

IGN – 5.9/10: Remember Me is a likeable, even admirable game that tells a deeply personal story in a thoughtfully-fashioned world populated by richly detailed character models. But ultimately, it failed to challenge or excite me as a game, as all of its best ideas are confined to its overarching fiction rather than its gameplay.

That saddens me. It’s a brave and bold new IP – with a female protagonist to boot, and it’s a pity it’s just not as amazing as its premise – or perhaps it is, and some people just don’t “get it.”  Here’s the game’s latest trailer, a live action effort. It certainly paints an intriguing vision of the future.

Last Updated: June 3, 2013

28 Comments

  1. FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

    June 3, 2013 at 09:52

    I’ll be looking forward to the user reviews. I hope this is more than a trending score that gaming sites are putting up just because they are accepted on Metacritic. Grid 2 being a fine example.

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    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      June 3, 2013 at 10:20

      What’s sad is that Metacritic dictates a games and company’s lively hood, so bad metacritic scores mean no sequels

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      • DaxterZA

        June 3, 2013 at 11:30

        Agreed.

        I hate Metacritic and what its doing to the gaming industry….

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  2. Admiral Chief Commander

    June 3, 2013 at 09:58

    *forgot about this game, how ironic*

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  3. Trevor Davies

    June 3, 2013 at 10:01

    This sounds a bit disappointing, I had high hopes for this game because it looked damn cool from the trailers. That said, I’ll still get it when it comes on special and they’ve released all its DLC (which I’m assuming it’ll have).

    Also, does anyone else get the impression the reviewer for Videogamer is a frustrated English Language major? Hyperbole doesn’t make you a winner.

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  4. Admiral Chief Commander

    June 3, 2013 at 10:02

    C(r)apcom strikes again!

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  5. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 3, 2013 at 10:11

    Ouch ….. Was hoping this game would do well …. Looked like a really good new ip …

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  6. Rinceandspit...

    June 3, 2013 at 10:15

    Dammit, I wanted this game to rock, just so that developers don’t get disheartened and move away from innovative ideas towards the more accepted CoD ones…

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    • Trevor Davies

      June 3, 2013 at 10:19

      Amen brother.

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      • Rinceandspit...

        June 3, 2013 at 10:32

        Haha, and the CoD fanboy troll downvotes me. What a tard.

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        • Trevor Davies

          June 3, 2013 at 10:44

          I noticed – wanting some variation in the types of games you play is unpopular in some circles it seems.

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          • Admiral Chief Commander

            June 3, 2013 at 10:46

            XDXDXD

            naughty GIR

  7. Skyblue

    June 3, 2013 at 10:23

    Screens look pretty, reminds me of Blade Runner and the reworked Total Recall

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  8. Purple_Dragon

    June 3, 2013 at 10:24

    Based on some of the video reviews I’ve seen the scores are justified. The combat looks tired and boring. I’ll wait for LG review but it doesn’t look promising.

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  9. Alex Hicks

    June 3, 2013 at 10:28

    Wow – wide ranging scores; but a familiar theme. Seems the idea is beyond the ability of the engine and/or designers; and to get the game out, they compromised and tacked on a typical, archaic fighting mechanic.

    I’m very depressed now. I had such high hopes …

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    • Admiral Chief Commander

      June 3, 2013 at 10:36

      I agree, they should have changed the combat. Maybe make it an all out stealth game or something 😛

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      • Alex Hicks

        June 3, 2013 at 10:38

        To be honest – from the original video’s posted up – that was exactly what I thought it would be.

        Oh well – you live and learn. Or at least you live. You also panic.

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  10. Macethy

    June 3, 2013 at 10:41

    Told you all months ago this wasn’t going to be great. Same thing is going to happen with the Deadpool games…

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    • Admiral Chief Commander

      June 3, 2013 at 10:45

      NONONONONONONONONO you take back your words!!!!

      [ although I agree 🙁 ]

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      • Purple_Dragon

        June 3, 2013 at 10:47

        I agree, don’t jinx Deadpool!!!

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      • Trevor Davies

        June 3, 2013 at 10:47

        That was my immediate reaction too 😀

        I demand that a game where the character SAYS “pew-pew” while shooting must be good.

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        • Admiral Chief Commander

          June 3, 2013 at 10:49

          I have a PEW PEW tshirt, and I demand AWESOMENESS.

          I also want PEW PEW sounds in every game, and my ringtone, and my alarm, and my sms tone, and my everything

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  11. TiMsTeR1033

    June 3, 2013 at 10:54

    REMEMBER WHAT?????

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  12. ElimiNathan

    June 3, 2013 at 11:14

    Meh, that is very disappointing

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  13. jGLZA

    June 3, 2013 at 12:34

    I still want to play it, so hopefully this will mean it will get a price drop sooner 😀

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  14. JHN

    June 3, 2013 at 12:58

    That sucks, I was really looking forward to something new and fresh attacking the gaming market.
    Suppose the next big new IP to look forward to is Watch dogs.

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  15. RandomBro

    July 1, 2013 at 06:21

    this game is probably in my top ten for favorite games, for the first hour than a half then plot holes start to happen. so all the gamers with high hopes for this game all you have to do is borrow it from a friend, play for an hour then never touch the game again and you will think it’s awesome.

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