I wanted to like Remember Me more than I did. It's not just a game with cyberpunk elements, it's one of the first genuine cyberpunk works in a very long time. It has elements of Total Recall, Johnny Mnemonic, The Matrix, and a number of other works I'm fond of. Unfortunately, the gameplay is bland, uninteresting, and only rarley fun. In short, this one of the rare games where the final result would have been better as a movie than a video game.
The premise of Remember Me is that technology has gotten to the point memories can be stored, digitized, shared, and deleted at will. Unlike Total Recall, this doesn't result in everyone lining up to have memories of "Best Spring Break Ever" and the obvious porn applications. Instead, it's treated as something that results in the majority of Paris' poor transforming themselves into memory-junkies while the rich enjoy the profit from the procedure.
|Nilin is a lovely protagonist. Beautiful without being in your face about it (except on the horrible-horrible cover).|
The problems with Remember Me are manifold but boil down to a very simple flaw.
The game is boring.
The combat is lifeless and poorly developed, consisting of a "make your own combos" which is surprisingly poor for actually creating combos. It is also rather strange to see your 98lb female protagonist beating the crap out of extremely large armored men, one after the other. The individual finishing moves for all of them are interesting to watch but get old after the fifty or sixtieth time you've done them.
|The imagination which went into the world-building was considerable.|
Nilin, herself, is a problem as she is a flat character who seems to have very few emotions other than a vague sense of panic and sadness. We never get a sense of who Nilin the person is and her dull, lifeless delivery of lines gets old very quickly. It doesn't help Nilin commits numerous terrorist acts throughout the game including (what appears to be) drowning thousands with nary anyone calling her on the act.
At one point, Nilin finds out she caused a man to commit suicide and is horrified. I was curious about this since she's killed hundreds of people by now, not counting in acts of terrorism. This doesn't even get into the ethically questionable area of remixing memories without consent. An act which our heroes are never called out for. I like antiheroes as much as the next man but the game doesn't seem to realize Nilin and Edge are bad people.
They're not even likable bad people. They're just sanctimonious terrorists (which are the worst kind)!
|The city of Neo-Paris is gorgeous to look at. One of the few pluses.|
I think what irritates me most about Remember Me is there's all the ingredients for a fascinating bit of science-fiction. What if memories could be stored on a hard-drive? What if people were able to get rid of the memories they didn't care for? What levels of violence are you willing to go to in order to achieve your goals? Also, should the rich be allowed to profit from technology which inflicts massive misery? Sadly, none of this gets touched on. The protagonists just decide memory-technology has to go and any method is justified in taking it out.
|Some beautiful art design, though.|
My advice? Don't buy the game. It's not a horrible experience or offensive but it's just so...mediocre.