6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of the better XBOX 360 games I've played...,
This review is from: Deadly Premonition - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
After reading a few mixed reviews of this game, I decided to take a chance on it, and I am really glad I did. First off, this is NOT a survival horror game as a lot of people have described it - it's more about gathering clues and information than just killing ghosts or zombies.
You play as an FBI agent who specializes in catching serial killers, particularly those involving the murders of young women. You arrive in a small town after a local girl is found murdered and tied to a tree. You meet up with the local law enforcement, and start trying to solve the case, which may have ties to other murders you have been assigned to.
As you progress, it becomes clear that there is a supernatural element to what is going on. It's almost as if all these years later, someone decided to make a Twin Peaks video game.
I don't want to say too much about the story, because that is what really makes this game great. This game is a perfect example of how an interesting story, and actual character development can overcome technical limitations. I really don't think the graphics are as bad as most have said - they don't look like a PS2 game or an early XBOX game - they look like early XBOX 360. However, it really doesn't matter when the story keeps you coming back to see what happens next. Having played some pretty violent games over the years, I was surprised when a death scene actually shocked me. It wasn't because of the gore, it was because the writing was good enough to make you care about what happens to the characters.
To be honest, there are a couple of minor negatives, but nothing game breaking -
1. The control scheme is like classic Resident Evil - it's like controlling a tank, and the aiming mechanism can take some getting used to, and the steering during the driving sequences is kind of touchy.
2. There are boss battles, and they can be infuriatingly cheap.
This game was good enough to keep me away from finishing Red Dead Redemption (another game with excellent writing and story if you haven't played it)
This type of low budget effort needs to be supported if we ever want to get away from annual sequels to existing franchises. I think most people who give this game a chance will be pleasantly surprised. If you are looking for something different, I highly recommend this game.