TSL - Cease and Desist
Started by KatieHal, October 30, 2012, 02:00:27 PM
QuoteThe story is what makes this game a winner and the ending will definitely leave you wanting more.
QuoteThis is the first commercial release from Phoenix Online Studios and they've done an excellent job creating a dark, atmospheric thriller with a thought-provoking narrative, something many games struggle with these days. It took about six hours to finish which is longer than many comparable games, too. Not surprisingly, the ending was one heck of a cliffhanger so I'm anxiously waiting for the next chapter!
QuoteCognition succeeds in doing what a good adventure game should: it marries good story telling with satisfying puzzles. Most importantly the puzzles are challenging without being frustrating (gone is the adventure game moon logic that plagues so many titles). If you do get stuck, the integrated hint system can be used to get helpful hints without totally spoiling the solution.
QuoteThe passion of the developers for their work is evident in every facet of the game, and there's a strong foundation here. The puzzle design is far more detailed than what you'd see in similar games, and, with a few exceptions, can be solved with only the magic of clear thought. The art and music are also inspired and make a strong case for the game. Some of the game's technical aspects aren't quite as well-tuned, though, and the unevenness does hurt the experience. Ultimately, Cognition is a good start, and at its core, a quality adventure game. If the folks at Phoenix Online Studios can iron out the technical kinks and uneven presentation, this series will be a sure winner.
Quote"I really do like this game. It's a different take on the detective side of adventure games, which I usually don't go for... I'm all for incorporating the supernatural side of things into games like this because it is a neat angle, and to see someone who has had this ability all her life still struggling to come to grips with it and tackle getting over certain events in her life really makes the lead seem even more human than she would have normally. It makes her relatable and makes me want to keep playing it."
QuoteIf you like your point-and-click games more serious than Monkey Island then I can heartily recommend Cognition with its neat touches like comic book style subtitles. While fans of the piratey point-and-click classic might be shocked that you can die and maim others in Cognition, the polished nature of the puzzles and the well established atmosphere create an experience that highly suits the CSI style genre. Plus it's always fun to walk into a crime scene, touch one object, and magically recollect the intricacies of the murder, then bluff your arse off and act like you just followed the clues.
QuoteIf style were the most important aspect of a game, Cognition would be game of the year. Reverb Games and Phoenix Online Studios have created a visual feast in the first episode of this murder mystery adventure game. Most of the cutscenes are partially animated artworks. Whether this was a budget decision or an aesthetic one, it works, and gives Cognition an atmosphere that sets it apart from other games.
Quote"I myself was skeptical about whether the title is what he promised. According to Jane Jensen's disappointing for me, Gray Matter (both the puzzle design, storytelling and presentation) and the announcement that she would help with the story, the expectations were even . still lower However, I was pleasantly surprised, because what The Silver Lining hinted at every line of dialogue and staging shows here clearly: a logical development of the adventure genre in episodic format An exciting story, an interesting main character, challenging puzzles, and a grandiose. atmosphere make for me this first episode a worthy spiritual successor of the Gabriel Knight series, which hopefully will be even better with each new episode. Besides The Walking Dead is the best for me so far (serious) Adventure game experience of the year. "
Quote[Cognition] is an entertaining way to spend a few hours. The story kept us interested and we'll be watching out to see what Phoenix have to offer in future episodes.
QuoteFor a first effort and a brand-new IP, Phoenix Online Studios has done an admirable job. Although in places Cognition's graphics are little rough and the writing's a little unnatural, it offers us an adult-level adventure game full of interesting mechanics, a professional voice cast, great music and a compelling heroine. After playing the first Erica Reed episode, I have no doubt there will be future ones and no doubt that through them, Phoenix Online will iron out the remaining kinks and create for us a truly memorable adventure series.
QuoteThe more violent moments are definitely gritty, but the brilliant cel-shaded graphics give everything a glorious comic book sheen, similar to the Walking Dead games.
QuoteAs far as adventure game introductions go, Cognition Episode One: Hangman (An Erica Reed Thriller) is one of the most hard-hitting. We had to sit in a quiet room and sip mulberry tea afterwards, to try and calm down a bit.
Quote"The haunting score is as stunning as the graphics and accompanies the environments with perfect balance to draw you into the foreboding and disparate world. Whether it be the quick paced string sections to emphasise the urgency of the situation Erica is in, or the slow vibrato piece when attending a crime scene in the downtown area of Boston, each movement brings a little more depth and character to the world."
QuoteThe first episode of four is a promising start. The game has some challenging puzzles that aren't impossible and aren't too easy to still give you that sense of accomplishment once you complete them. The atmosphere is creepy, inviting and addictive and the voice actors/actresses and visuals rise this game to sit among the great Point and Click games. Although there are a few flaws that keep it from filling it's full potential, Cognition is definitely a game for lovers of the genre and otherwise.