"I am Andrew Ryan, and I'm here to ask you a question. Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? No, says the man in Washington, it belongs to the poor. No says the man in the Vatican, it belongs to God. No, says the man in Moscow, it belongs to everyone. I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose... Rapture. A city where the artist would not fear the censor. Where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality. Where the great would not be constrained by the small. And with the sweat of your brow, rapture can become your city as well."
Overall Rating: 7.1
I just started playing this game so I'm only a couple hours in as I am writing this-- I wanted to write a quick post to recommend it because I'm loving it so far (even though I may never get time to finish). You wake up in a futuristic apartment, littered with books and computer screens with hints of the new world of "neuromods." You really have no idea what is going on for a lot of it, since, you know, it's the age of being able to completely rewrite memories and cognitive abilities - so there's this entire future you forgot.
I love the story (so far) and the gameplay/controls are very intuitive (I play on PC). There also seems to be quite a bit of freedom and potential for side quests - I just found a terminal with names and locations of like 20 people around the terminals that I could save if I want, but it doesn't seem like it's part of the main game. I can't wait to see the rest of it, how the monsters progressively get more intense, and how the story develops.
This game isn't going to make it on any must-play lists, but it was pretty fun for what it was. It gave me about 6 hours total of playtime, maybe a bit more if you include all the time I spent wandering around lost in the forest. Basically the premise of it is that you are hired for the summer to work at a forest park in a lookout tower watching for fires, and managing the grounds. Of course you then stumble across various clues to a mystery of sorts, and even start to wonder if you yourself are going insane (mostly due to the isolation of the forest). It didn't leave my with any kind of big philosophical insights, but read on (spoilers!) for more detail about the story and my thoughts on it.