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First episode of Cognition now hanging out in online stores

We all knew it was coming (hey, we have cognitive powers too!), but the lengthy build-up to the first episode of Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller comes to an end today with the release of Episode 1: Hangman.

With help from acclaimed designer Jane Jensen as story consultant, Cognition marks the first commercial adventure from Phoenix Online Studios, the team behind the King's Quest fan sequel The Silver Lining. In this planned four-part series, players control the titular FBI agent in Boston who's still plagued by the unsolved murder of her brother. Since his death, Erica has developed post-cognitive abilities such as "seeing an object’s past with a touch" which she must put to good use when it becomes clear that different killers on the loose are leaving clues that only her special powers can perceive.

Offered exclusively for download, the first episode of Cognition is available worldwide today as either a single episode or full-season pass from GamersGate.  Rain Digital Games also offers both single episode and full season options worldwide except in Europe, while GameStop is selling only the season pass, again worldwide except for Europe.

Adventure Gamers will have our Episode 1 review posted soon, but in the meantime, be sure to check out our preview of the game and our interview with the game's designer, César Bittar.

Community Comments

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“Also, I just can’t wrap my head around why proffesional studios ruins their games with these types of cutscenes (this is a personal opinion, not a statement).”

Probably b/c full animation would blow the budget.  ‘the kickstarter raised ~34,000 dollars, I believe, so they probably had to do some compromise.

Oct 31, 2012

Great news! I definitely want to play this but there’s no way I’m getting it off GamersGate or creating accounts on the other stores. So I shall wait until it gets offered elsewhere, hopefully on Steam (the game’s status is still pending on Greenlight) or better yet, The Adventure Shop.

Oct 31, 2012

I have been playing the games for 2 hours now. I have to say one thing, I am VERY impressed so far. Great atmosphere, graphics, music, voice acting, etc. I really hope the rest of the game is as good.

Oct 31, 2012

Hmmm, I’m a bit sceptical to this one…  Judging from the trailers, the voice acting seems a little uninspired and though the backgrounds looks fantastic, the look of the characters and the way they’re animated makes them look like puppets on strings.

Also, I just can’t wrap my head around why proffesional studios ruins their games with these types of cutscenes (this is a personal opinion, not a statement). I don’t know the name of this style, but I’m starting to recognize it from several games lately… it’s not properly animated, but rather a slideshow of shaking pictures with sound effects, like a digital childrens pop-up book. I suspect that the increased use of this style is caused by convenience and/or lack of budgets rather than a desire to make quality cut-scenes, and I find it hard to believe that this is something that the majority of customers wants.

Oct 30, 2012

gamersgate says it uses securom? not thrilled about that.

Oct 30, 2012
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