Wow!!! I don’t even know where to start. This game is amazing! From what I have researched, the dev team was pretty small, I read around 40 people, but this game will compete with basically any AAA title that has released so far this year. The game is extremely linear and scripted but that is not a problem because it has to be in order to achieve the character relationships and overall story that they have created. No open world game could achieve this. Even though it is linear and overall an easy game, the tension they manage to build in the world is astounding. There are parts that are very forgiving, the enemy AI can be laughable with their limited patrol patterns and how fast they can lose sight of you or forget about you, but the devs have done such an excellent job with tension that you won’t even notice it unless you actually hang back and look for it instead of moving with the actual momentum of the game. The game does a perfect job of making you feel for both of the main characters. Hugo is exactly what a 5-year-old child would be. He is curious, moody, cute and sometimes obnoxious. Emecia is a 15-year-old girl, forced to do things most adults wouldn’t or couldn’t do. She stands right on the line of adult and child and the writing and voices reflect it so well through the entire game. Everything here is top notch. The graphics are breathtaking, the story, the sound effects, music and voice acting are super!
This isn’t a review, I don’t review things, it is just my brief thoughts on a great game. If you enjoyed Hellblade, Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons, or even something like Tenchu. If you love games with characters that grow their relationship throughout your playthrough like God of War, or Last of Us, or even movies like The Goonies or Stand By Me, then you owe it to yourself to give this game a chance. It is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox.