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Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« on: October 30, 2012, 02:00:27 PM »
The thread for collecting reviews of Episode 1: The Hangman!

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2012, 02:00:35 PM »
I'm thrilled to be able to kick this thread off with such a great review!

FutureSack 9/10

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A very good start of a series and candidate for adventure game of the year

Phoenix Online Studios’ first episode The Hangman is both an achievement in mature storytelling and great puzzle design. It is the spiritual successor of the Gabriel Knight series, but with its own unique ideas. Even if it has some technical hiccups and the graphics are dated, it has more substance than many other “serious” adventure games of late. The game also sets a new standard of episodic content with a long playtime of at least 5-6 hours and unlike Telltale’s The Walking Dead (which is without a doubt amazing in its own right, but less a game than a cinematic experience) demands a lot of cerebral thinking with its successful implementation of investigative work, cognition abilities and overall involvement in a believable game world.

Rating: 9/10
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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2012, 02:17:45 PM »
Inside Games has posted a review on YouTube. This one's in German, and we got a score of 7.5/10!
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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2012, 01:26:32 PM »
An extensive review is in from AdventureGamers, coming in at 3.5/5:

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I really enjoyed almost everything about Hangman. It is soaked with gloomy style, is gorgeous to look at and listen to, sets up its plot points with great precision, and takes off in the third act as it builds to a huge climax with a disquieting final shot that makes me genuinely eager to play the second episode. That's about the highest compliment you can pay to the first in an episodic series.

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2012, 01:50:11 PM »
GamingPortugal gave us an 8/10!

We've also gotten a "preview" from PlayerAttack, although it was posted after the release, so it's technically a review. :)

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2012, 06:15:54 PM »
Another batch of reviews are in! And so far, we are averaging 80% scores on our reviews! :D

WCFCourier gave us 3.5/5.

From across the pond, IGN Italia gives it a 7.5/10. :)

Voice of Geeks Network has given us a B+.
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The voice acting for Erica is provided by Raleigh Holmes ... She does an excellent job giving Erica some depth, going from between completely serious, to cracking jokes to herself, to then flirting with her coworkers, who all seem smitten with her. It's easy to play the part of "I'm an FBI agent who works alone and doesn't need anyone else ever" - it's much harder to pull off someone who actually DOES have feelings for someone else, but can't bring herself to think about it. Holmes pulls it off.

And Video Game People a 9/10!
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The gameplay is fantastic and apart from the great music playing and the voice-acting, the 2D comic effect was superb. So if you like a game having a mixture of CSI and Gabriel Knight, do not hesitate to get a copy now and start investigating this great adventure.  See you in Episode 2.

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2012, 11:57:07 AM »
Indie Game Mag's review is up! 86/100!

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The presentation of the game is beyond a doubt, the best aspect of Cognition.  The comic book visuals are great and really add to the crime drama feel Phoenix Online went for.
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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2012, 08:59:43 AM »
Two more reviews are in!

Impulse Gamer: 6.5/10
Skillpoint.se: 3/5 (Swedish)

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2012, 03:39:30 PM »
Creative Gaming gives Episode 1 a 7/10!


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Throughout the game, you will occasionally be subject to comic-book-like cutscenes. These are very well done, the artwork is excellent, as is the music and sounds that go with them. They are a joy to watch.

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2012, 07:12:25 AM »
In this morning, Gamers.de (German) gives Cognition Episode 1 an 85/100!

In a great review from WatchPlayRead, who have some great things to say!

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Phoenix Online Studios shows that they’re more than just a fangame company.
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Story is where Cognition really shows its muscle. Character details are either out there in the open, or can be further explored through Erica’s titular ability, which allows her to see into the past, untangle lost memories, or manifest a spiritual manifestations of those who have passed on. The game also features branching paths, which even this early in the game results in different outcomes.

And there's a review up at Charisma Plus 2!
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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2012, 09:42:30 AM »
In this morning, Gamers.de (German) gives Cognition Episode 1 an 85/1000!
*Ahem* That's 85/100. 85/1000 would be very sad. :P

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2012, 09:48:05 AM »
In this morning, Gamers.de (German) gives Cognition Episode 1 an 85/1000!
*Ahem* That's 85/100. 85/1000 would be very sad. :P

Hahaha, good catch. I'll grab that extra zero :P
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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2012, 11:39:25 AM »
Just did. LOL, yeah, good catch!

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2012, 06:48:21 AM »
Alternative Magazine Online LOVED the game--they gave us a 9/10!

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Three things in particular make Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 1: The Hangman stand out. Firstly, Erica Reed is voiced to perfection (with an authentic Bostonian twang) by Raleigh Holmes, daughter of Robert Holmes, aka Jane Jensen’s husband. It’s an exceptional performance that encompasses a gamut of emotions including grief, anger and sheer determination. Secondly, the soundtrack by Austin Haynes is scene-perfect every step of the way and the song ‘The Taking’ (featuring Raleigh Holmes on vocals) should win video game song of the year, hands down. Thirdly, César Bittar (with a little help from his friend Jane Jensen) and the folks at Phoenix Online Studios have crafted a story that is genuinely involving and extremely emotional. For their first commercial outing, all of these factors add up to a truly incredible achievement.

And Digital Hippos (what a fun name!) gave it a 4/5, adding that Cognition went well beyond the reviewers expectations!

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RATING 4/5  - Whenever I see the word "Thriller" in a title of move or game, I tend to be a little hesitant. That is how I prejudged Erica Reed and I made a big mistake. This game actually is quite intense and thrilling. That is rare for me as I play so many games of varying quality, I have become a bit jaded when it comes to point and click. Not the case here, as this is a solid adventure in both writing, a unique graphic style, great puzzles and a burning intensity. My favorite part about playing smaller releases and indie games is finding talent that is so apparent here. The point and click adventure revolution is alive and well with Erica Reed riding this wave very high. Available on Steam right now, you should definitely check it out if you have any interest at all in the adventure genre.

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2012, 03:01:45 PM »
Yay! :D

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2012, 07:26:29 AM »
Three more reviews in from across the pond :)

4Players: (German) 75/100

Gikz.pl (Polish) 4/5

Punta E Clicca: (Italian) 78/100

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2012, 10:21:36 AM »
Geek Legacy enjoyed the game greatly and gave it a 7.5/10!

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Overall I had a pleasing experience with Cognition. Players get to make choices on how the story unfolds. That’s a huge plus in my book and certainly adds to the replay value. ... I’m curious to see how Erica will handle herself after what took place in the final moments of episode one.

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2012, 02:52:52 PM »
Entertainum gives Episode 1 a 4/5!

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It’s incredible to think that such an ambitious adventure game was developed by such a small team. They go so far as to include some decent to excellent samples of voice acting, on part with most multi-million dollar games. This premiere chapter shows plenty of potential, giving us reason to expect the next three parts to be even better. If you enjoy adventure games with a gripping story and great art, Cognition is shaping up to be a fantastic option.

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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2012, 01:27:05 PM »
Have you sent a copy to http://rockpapershotgun.com? They're focused exclusively on PC gaming and are very well thought of.

Also, have you told http://indiegames.com? They have a fairly large viewer base, I think.
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Re: Cognition Episode 1 Reviews
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2012, 01:40:11 PM »
We are working on them--the press copies go out to a very long list (and those two are on it). We post 'em as they come in, and we are very much hoping those sites will be coming up!

In the meantime, we've got a 3.3/5 from Mash Those Buttons. :)

And our first Spanish review! A 7.8/10 from MeriStation!
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