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Woodrow Shigeru wrote his opinion about The Blackwell Legacy

3 weeks ago

"Blackwell Legacy" is a modern point-n-click adventure that really feels like it was kickstarted.

You play an unlikeable misanthrope with next-to-no life of her own, who suddenly on the one hand gains the power of talking to a ghost, but on the other is burdened with the obligation to help other ghosts "move on" -- Ghost Whisperer: The Game. Apart from two minutes of denial, she is totally okay with how events unfold for her. Just like that. I mean, why wouldn't she be? It's not like this burden confronts her daily life as it was before. As I said earlier: she had no life.

… It's all just not that believable, at least not for me.

The voice acting varies greatly, from exceptionally good to amateur-ish performances. If I had to guess why, I'd say some of the VAs were hired professionals while others were next-door neighbors or colleagues. However, apart from the occasional blowing into the microphone (especially on the "th"s) which slightly breaks the immersion, it's overall satisfying.

When the "overall satisfying" voice over and the music constantly compete over "screen time" (… speaker time?), however, it becomes obvious that the volume management is downright poor. Again, the word "amateur" comes to mind. I wish they'd spent more time on the sound mixing.

The game design comes down to a somewhat simplified point-n-clicking mechanic, paired with a Syberia-esque notepad. Instead of verbs there is only RIGHT-CLICK to examine and LEFT-CLICK to interact. You cannot use items on the world: the contextual interaction changes automatically depending on whether or not you possess them or not – which is kinda smart. But also … simplified.

The notebook determines what you can talk about with NPCs. However, unlike in Syberia, you can combine clues to create new clues – which in itself is a great idea but no there's tutorial for this whatsoever. I'm talking about "learning by doing, you didn't even notice this was a tutorial" tutorial. So, even though this is a "good" characteristic, at the same time it's also a "bad" characteristic.

Shortly leaving the game (ALT+TAB and SHIFT+TAB alike) unfortunately breaks the engine, with sound files not playing anymore, until you quit and relaunch —› Save often!

Other than that what else is there to say? It's short. But it's enjoyable. And it comes with a dev commentary.

… I'm sorry for making the game sound so bad. It's not. It could have been better with a week or a month more work, but without this nitpicking, the bottom line is that it's enjoyable. And it's the bottom line that counts. Give it a try.

Score: 6.0 (Not bad!)

Woodrow ShigeruPape Badiane

2 months ago

I'm sorry I wasn't more helpful to you.

Pape Badiane

Pape Badiane (born February 10, 1980) is a French professional basketball player who played 23 times for the men's French national basketball team between 2007 and 2008. He currently plays for Poitiers Basket 86 of the LNB Pro A.

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Woodrow Shigeru rated Matrix Reloaded

3 months ago

Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Reloaded is a 2003 American-Australian science fiction action film, the first sequel to The Matrix, and the second installment in The Matrix trilogy, written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. It premiered on May 7, 2003, in Westwood, Los....

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Woodrow Shigeru ranked Masdar City into Favorite Cities

3 months ago

Masdar City

Masdar City (Arabic: مدينة مصدر‎, Madīnat Maṣdar, ) is an arcology project in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Its core is a planned city, which is being built by Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, with the majority of seed capit...

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Alexander the Great A arcological city? Ooh they played Sim City 2000 too!

3 months ago

Woodrow Shigeru They're probably *living* SimCity 2000...

3 months ago

Woodrow ShigeruGaming Backlog

3 months ago

Why is this list not pulling data from the "Wishlist" checkmark that we've all already used extensively?

Alexander the Great Don't expect something logical here.

3 months ago

Husky Wing This list might be more subjective in interpretation than others. It seems to be more helpful for personal organization than others, too.

3 months ago

Woodrow ShigeruTurn Money into Sand

3 months ago

I wish I could …

rockshard PhD this reminds me of a really stupid YouTube comment I once saw on a video for shinobi I. It was a boss fight against spider man and and someone said it was a good example of evil the enemy was that they even bribed spider man to work for them.

3 months ago

rockshard PhD of how evil the enemy was*

3 months ago

rockshard PhD I can't edit or delete posts on iPad. I've tried both safari and chrome. That's odd, I guess iPad just doesn't work with it.

3 months ago

Woodrow Shigeru ranked Potatoes gratiné and 5 more pages into Favorite Dishes

3 months ago

Potatoes gratiné

Potatoes gratiné is one of the most common of gratins and is known by various names including "gratin potatoes" and "Gratin de pommes de terre". Slices of boiled potato are put in a buttered fireproof dish, sprinkled with cheese and browned in the oven or...

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Woodrow ShigeruPlayStation Now

3 months ago

Husky Wing, Is that *your* comment in the description?

PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now, officially abbreviated as PS Now (with all these old games, PlayStation Then is more accurate) is a cloud gaming service that allows users to pay for access to a selection of original PlayStation 3 titles on either a per-game basis or via...

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Husky Wing ... yes.

3 months ago

Woodrow Shigeru You sneaky jester.

3 months ago

Woodrow ShigeruUncharted: The Lost Legacy

3 months ago

lol, Tomb Raider: The Dude Raider Remake: The Booty Raider DLC

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Naughty Dog is making more Uncharted. The Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is coming to PlayStation 4 in 2017. This is a standalone story chapter that is essentially downloadable content for Uncharted 4, but you don’t need to own that game to play it. Develop...

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Silent Gamer Very much want

3 months ago

Woodrow Shigeru want much Very

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