Story-driven first-person adventures dealing with mature topics seem to be all the rage today, and PaperSeven‘s Blackwood Crossing is another one worth checking out.
It’s hard to keep track of all the newest releases, even in one genre, and while the story of the two orphaned siblings Scarlett and Finn who find themselves on a mysterious train ride, meeting a rabbit-like creature sounds anything but ordinary, the fantasy elements soon pave the way for a more realistic tale about memories of love and loss.
Yes, it’s true that there are way too many indie games around that try to be mature and even if I’m not a big fan of British voice acting, this still looks like a very special game, especially since there’s more to it than a simple “walking simulator” vibe, as there’s a bit of magic spellcasting involved. However, one shouldn’t expect an RPG or any fighting, because this is is still an adventure game focusing on storytelling and exploration.
The presentation is quite beautiful with some wonderful fairyland-like grassy fields, but also darker territory to explore. While the characters’ animations don’t tread particularly impressive ground despite the model’s artwork being quite good, it all looks rather nice and sounds even better with a haunting score. Another game to put on the wishlist to play, especially since the studio comprises former employees of Black Rock Studio which did the amazing explosive arcade racer Split/Second before it was sadly closed down.
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