Remember Me proves to be a memorable game.
Remember Me seems to be one of those games that critics either love or hate. Fortunately, I’m finding myself on the side of love. Not only is this game one of the more unique experiences I’ve had in video gaming, but it also features that rare and wonderful thing: the female protagonist.
Remember Me takes us to the near-future where human memories have become a commodity. People can easily have bad memories erased and new better ones installed. Of course, this technology comes with a curse – some people grow so addicted to the memory services that they are mere shells of their former selves. Then, of course, others are taking advantage of the system – capturing memory hunters like Nilin, the aforementioned female protagonist, and removing all of their memories in order to create creatures to bend to their will. Yes, it’s all very Blade Runner.
Remember Me starts with Nilin in a facility where her own memories have been erased. She is now on a search to recover them and stop the evil corporation M3morize from doing the same to others. Along the way, she is recruited by the mysterious Edge, someone who only speaks to her on her communication device. Along the way, Nilin must not only figure out who she is, but also deal with a lot of shocks and surprises along the way as she delves into others’ memories.
The story of Remember Me is strong. Not only does this game create a fascinating background story and potential future, but the characters are some of the most sympathetic that I have come across. Nilin is a protagonist with depth, with layers upon layers of secrets she must uncover, along with emotional insecurities and lost memories that haunt her. There is no way to play this game and not feel sympathetic with her story and her plot, especially towards the end of the game when you start to understand the difficult choices she will need to make in order to stop M3morize.
The story is assisted by the wonderful voice acting. Kezia Burrows is wonderful as Nilin and gives the performance the right amount of emotion necessary to pull you in. The voice actor behind Edge is also fantastic, especially at the end of the game when light is shed upon who his character is. I don’t know who voiced him (believe me, I searched for information on that), but I hope we hear more from him in games in the future.
The gameplay in Remember Me is also quite… well… memorable. It’s a combination of action/adventure, with a lot of fighting, a lot of climbing, puzzle-solving and even memory remixing. It is the latter, memory remixing that I found the most fascinating. Nilin has the ability to go inside people’s heads and alter their memories. As the player, you, too, must do that. It’s a cool system that involves forwarding and rewinding a scene until you find certain memory glitches that change the outcome of the memory. The stakes are high, too – each memory remix usually involves someone’s death. It’s pretty grim and yet gives the game’s story that much more levity.
Now on to the fighting – I am going to have to admit that I suck at fighting games. And early on, I had to turn the difficulty setting on Remember Me down to Easy mode. However, the fighting system is one of the best I’ have seen in my limited fighting game experience. Combos are so customizable that no two players will probably fight the same way. You will also quickly soon learn how to string attacks together for the most effective attack. Combining health, recharge, kicking, punching and chain attacks into a single combo will be a sort of art by the time you finish the game.
The world of Neo Paris is vibrant and believable. Graphically, speaking, this city just looks fantastic. In fact, if I had a single complaint about the game is that it’s not open world because I really wanted to go exploring through that futuristic version of a city I love. But because the game is a linear one, I often found myself slightly disappointed when I’d pass a certain checkpoint and could not return to a certain area I really wanted to explore.
Expect about 15-20 hours of gameplay from Remember Me. It took me a little longer because I suck at the fighting, even on Easy mode. And obviously, the fighting got more difficult towards the end. That last boss fight? I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. But once I figured out a strategy (something it sometimes takes me awhile to do), I defeated the big baddie and got the reward of a great ending.
(Note: I played this one on the PlayStation 3.)