Microsoft Xbox 360 (PC, PS3)
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 3.5 stars
I used to laugh at the line, "It's not a lie if you believe it's true," but it seems to be the personal mantra of many people nowadays. They either have selective memory or they eagerly believe that certain events happened in a completely different way. Capcom's latest action game, "Remember Me," takes this idea several steps further.
Neo-Paris in the year 2084 is a dark and eerie city that is one of Earth's last refuges from the devastating effects of global warming. Players begin their unforgettable futuristic escapade by assuming the role of a female named Nilin who has her memory wiped. She escapes captivity with the aid of a mysterious character, discovers that she used to be a memory hunter and sets about fighting her former employers while also discovering her own past.
It's a good thing that the combat system is so elaborate because every advantage is needed to defeat the various enemy soldiers, robots and deformed Leapers in this Cyberpunk city. Players have access to four different types of melee attacks that vary from regenerating health to increased damage. These can be combined together however the player chooses to customize preset combos. Additional modifiers add cool effects like stunning enemies, invisibility and area-of-affect damage.
Another cool feature is the ability to remix people's memories to change their perception of important events in their lives. After someone's memory is viewed, players gain an objective and then look for glitches that let them change the chain of events. While this is mostly a distraction from combat, it can sometimes turn enemies into allies.
Unfortunately, the vast city of Neo-Paris cannot be explored beyond the linear progression of the adventure. It would also be nice if the memory remixes were more challenging and played a vital role in the story.
Still, "Remember Me" breaks from the standard action game template just enough to make it unique and enjoyable.