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Thoughts on still life series some spoilers
Finally done with Still Life series and wow it was certainly an experience.
So in Still Life 1 you play as Agent McPhearson of the smallest FBI bureau in America, it’s so small your “partner” is not even an agent but a detective and I say partner but well he’s more like a silent partner as you won’t really see much of him. You also play as Gus, grandfather of agent McPhearson. Both characters are trying to solve a serial killer, Gus in the past and McPhearson in the present and somehow the two cases are connected. I say somehow because the connection is never made very clear because of a very abrupt ending.
All in all though it’s a fairly short and easy game, but don’t worry even if it may seem very short on paper there’s an infuriating lock picking puzzle that will add at least 2-3 hours more to the overall game time and a ginger bread baking recipe that will also add a good two hours if you’re not used to baking.
As I mentioned the ending is very abrupt and doesn’t really provide much answers but luckily there’s Still Life 2, surely they wouldn’t bother making a whole other game without providing some closure right? Well….
But let’s start from the beginning. McPhearson who quit the FBI at the end of the first game is now somehow back and working for the FBI again, sort of freelancing it seems. She’s hunting the same killer who’s kidnapped a reporter who might know somebody who knows somebody who knows something about the serial killer from the last game.
Still Life 2 is going for an old school feeling, there’s timed puzzles, a ton of annoying ways to die and even a dead end and pixel hunting so much pixel hunting. Now if pixel hunting doesn’t provide enough of a challenge for you, fear not, the creators have thought of that and made the game incredibly dark, I mean so dark that you can’t actually see many of the items you need with the naked eye, you just sort of need to run the mouse over random areas and hope to get lucky a lot of the time.
Speaking of time, most of it will be spent collecting dna samples and clues all over the house where the reporter is being held so if you’re a fan of endless backtracking and doing the same tedious puzzle over and over again, then this is definitely the game for you. Luckily most of the clues you pick up will serve no purpose at all other than to prolong the game time but you’ll still need to find all the clues anyways. There are however thanks to glitches a few times you can solve puzzles without solving them, one which time which will lead to a dead end as I mentioned earlier.
Still life 2 is not a game to play for the great puzzles, but not for the dialogue either and certainly not for the story which manages to be both overly complicated and under developed at the same time. There’s so many killers that can’t really keep up and you begin to wonder if there’s anyone left who’s not a murderer. The problem with the game is that much like it’s killers the game thinks it’s way smarter than it actually is. There’s plenty of cryptic messages and hints of plot twists that makes you think at the end of the game you’re finally going to get some answers that might shock you or at the very least mildly surprise you but no such luck, the game ends as abruptly as the first one. Apparently the question why, what the hell was the point of all this is not a question you’re supposed to ask or at the very least it’s not a question that the developers are interested in answering. So if that’s not important to you, then you’ll enjoy the game far more than I ever did.