Over in Germany, Europe’s own version of E3 is being held in Cologne where a number of announcements have revealed a slew of new titles. Capcom was up with their reveal of Remember Me by Dontnod Entertainment, a game that takes place in the future where memories can be traded, sold, stolen, and even remixed. According to the backstory, in exchange for the loss of privacy, people have accepted the security that this kind of social society has given them in exchange.
Neo-Paris is the setting and you play as Niln, a “memory hunter” who casually pockets stolen memories as easily as we do loose change. It’s slated for May 2013, but no word yet on what platforms. Still, it looks like it could be another great title for cyberpunk fans.
The trailer below takes you through a typical job for Niln as she’s asked to “remix” someone’s memory. There’s some language, definitely some violence, but it’s slick sci-fi for the eyes. Could be good.
In 1993, Bullfrog Productions introduced the world to an isometric, future dystopia where augmented “Agents” were used by megacorporate empires to take the battle for market share out of the boardrooms and into the streets.
It was a tactical game spread across fifty cities across the world as you guided your team of four to cripple the competition by any means possible even if it meant using civilians as meat shields. The Atlantic Accelerator mission still gets a nod from me for its ruthless difficulty, and that was before the expansion pack made things even worse.
Since then, it’s become a cyberpunk classic so when EA and Starbreeze announced that Syndicate would reboot as an FPS, more than a few people were upset. For some, it reminded them of what FASA under Microsoft had done with Shadowrun. Even I had doubts. At the same time, it’s also easy to understand why. In a market dominated by Activision’s Modern Warfare, it’s a safe guess that they were trying to answer how to get an audience that may not have even played the original game to give this a shot.
And now after moonlighting as a new Agent, I can safely say that while it won’t knock your cybersocks off, it doesn’t quite leave the operating table littered with leftover body parts from the original, either. Continue reading →