Twin Mirror Review-Life is a Secret

Twin Mirror-Explore the Palace of Your Heart (Photo: Dontnod)

Why is the creator of Life Is Strange and Tell Me abandoning the concept of episodes in favor of a self-contained murder mystery in the American countryside?

Since Life Is Strange became a surprise hit, French developer Dontnod has named it a specialty of interactive storytelling and action stories. Their success has allowed them to deal with increasingly bold subjects. Life is Strange 2 and recent Tell Me Why. However, Twin Mirror deviates from Life Is Strange’s formula and its episode format, with a self-contained game that can be completed in one day. However, because Twin Mirror deals with subjects ranging from police atrocities to opioid abuse, Don’t Nod has continued to be a well-known critique of modern America.

We all love good stories, and with that deep and compelling story, The Last Of Us 2 swept the board with this year’s Golden Joystick. It’s your choice and what it means that makes Dontnod’s approach potentially more immersive compared to very linear games like The Last Of Us. The Twin Mirror adds an imaginary twin element to extend the internal story and provide a different perspective. Often there are some good tips.

Investigative journalist Sam Higgs did not intend to return to his hometown after a death in a small town in Basswood, West Virginia, but the victim was his best friend Nick, whose suspicious death conflicted with old memories. Brought. Fore.

When Sam reunites with the citizens of Basswood, you can feel hostility in the air. Sam announced that he had to close the mine after an industrial accident. This left many people unemployed and captivated by the local community. When we first mention the abandoned mines, we can’t help but remember the end of Night In The Woods and expect a similar supernatural Shenanigan, but this isn’t such a game.

Playing as Sam allows you to enter the Mind Palace, which works the same as the same idea in the Holmes TV series, providing a real-life crystal cloud version where you can explore important scenes and stitch clues together. It’s beautiful to do these investigations because everything is rendered with glittering sliver shards. Even a fox jumping into the road looks like a picture of futuristic cubism.

When you arrive at Nick’s Awakening, his daughter confronts you and confesses that her father’s death may be more than visible. After two years of silence, you feel that you owe her some of your time and agree to investigate. While she’s talking, your twins also sit in the backseat of the car and tell you if you’re really bad.

A fictional friend of mine since childhood, the twins look like a cross between shrink and Armani models and pop up regularly when big decisions need to be made. His other view in critical situations is that you question your instincts and sometimes your mental health. As a player, it’s these moments that you feel real pressure, but this isn’t a black-and-white story, and Dontnod succeeds in creating something that feels much more complicated than a normal binary moral decision. Please note that you did.

Things can be quite stressful during your investigation, and Sam isn’t the most companion in itself, as he’s prone to power outages and pill pops. At some point, just before he has an anxiety attack, you need to be taken to the Palace of Mind and perform simple mini-game-style tasks to distract Sam and calm him down. This is where you feel the most control over the game, despite the thick and fast choices. It is these moments of tension that are most immersive as a player.

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Twin Mirror – Dontnod’s best-looking game to date (Photo: Dontnod)

The Palace of the Mind is not as sophisticated as it should be, and the investigation sequence before the final deduction is particularly annoying and confusing. It would be really helpful if I could pull the camera back further and get a clear field of view, but it would be even more frustrating with too many backtracks and unnecessary red herring.

Aesthetically, the Twin Mirror is pretty impressive. The character model is accurate and the facial animation is the best Donald ever. The location comes directly from Gregory Crudon’s photo shoot, and now that Trump is absent, you’ll want to road trip through the American countryside. Voice actors and performances also comply with Dontnod’s usual high standards, giving each character a clear identity. A good score also helps a lot in setting the mood and supports the story in all the right places.

Dontnod re-managed a compelling level of interactivity, as well as clear storytelling. The Palace of the Mind and the concept of your twins also come across unexpectedly in a timely manner. During the blockade, as we struggled to understand the new normality, everyone was forced to confront their inner monologues and became part of the established collective unconscious.

Twin Mirror is a game that cares about the lives of others. If you want to interrupt the conversation at the beginning of the game and speed up your investigation, you’ll be willing to take the time to listen in the final scene. This is a much more impressive story trick than another flashy cutscene. ..

Twin mirror review summary

in short: The dramatic, emotional and influential interactive drama of Dontnod is still a master of forked stories and serious storytelling.

Pros: Great scripting, voice acting, story-based interactivity. The aesthetics of shattered glass in the place of mind looks great. Good music and facial animation.

Cons: Disadvantages: Gathering clues in the Palace of the Mind can be frustratingly annoying and can ruin your immersive feeling.

Score: 7/10

Format: PC * (reviewed), Xbox One, PlayStation 4
Price: £ 27.99
Publisher: Dontnod Entertainment
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Release date: December 1, 2020
Age rating: 16

* Limited to Epic Games Store

Lucy Oh

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