This week I worked my way through Observer, a game based in 2084 where you play as Daniel Lazarski, an elite neural detective, known as the Observer. Part of a corporate funded police unit, that have the ability to hack and invade suspects mind and privacy.
Things start to spiral when you receive a mysterious message from your estranged son, a highly skilled engineer working for an all mighty and powerful company, Chiron Corporation. You now have the choice of ignoring the message or travel deep into the seedy slums that your son called home.
I dived straight into this game with high expectations as I knew the main character was voiced by Rutger Hauer, for me, I recognized straight away as Earl Jones in the rebooted Batman Begins.
Sadly, these expectations were short lived as I quite quickly found out that this game is very long winded, poorly narrated and just all-round frustrating.
It’s one of those games that you choose your response to everything you do but it doesn’t impact the outcome of the game. I do enjoy these types of games as no game ends the same way as everyone is different but with this game you are set on a path and very little deters you away from that.
One aspect of the game I did enjoy is something that I remembered seeing in the Batman Arkham Collection, in that the detective mode makes you dig really deep into the scene of the crime and find every clue and what relevance it plays. Now in Batman there are a few different types of detective mode used, it depended on what you following, whether it be a blood sample, finger/hand prints or even a breath sample.
With the Observer the detective mode only has two different modes but I really did struggle to get my head around the two modes available. I knew that one was for taking samples of blood and DNA, the other for scanning electrical components in the property and any technology but it was very difficult to determine how deep they worked as you couldn’t really do a deep scan on either item.
Graphically on the switch the game didn’t look as good as previous titles I have played so I have to admit I was little disappointed in this aspect. I imagine where this game is available on both Steam and PSN, the graphics may be better with these platforms. It almost had a pixelated PSP graphic vibe which wasn’t anywhere near impressive.
I tried to get to grips with this game over the space of three days and will admit, I struggled to keep myself hooked as its poorly narrated, you are very much left to your own devices to work out what to do next and for certain things, there is no real clue as to how to progress. I found this was very similar in Planet Rix 13, so maybe I just struggle all round with games that requires me to imagine I’m a detective of sorts.
Again, this isn’t a game that you could just sit down and play for a short time, you would need a good amount to get sat down and stuck into the story line with. Some story lines/characters I can relate to which may be why I enjoy certain these types of games but with this one, I couldn’t get excited about a futuristic detective thriller, which sounds a lot more interesting then what it was.
Overall, I personally didn’t enjoy this game, I thought the basis of it, sounded amazing and the whole aspect of using people's’ fears against them really intrigued me, but sadly it did not live up to this. Graphically I thought on switch it was poor but it could be a lot better played on PS4 or a good gaming pc.
- Good lead actor for the lead role
- Adaptive Detective mode
- Uses what works in Batman games
- Graphics are let down on the switch
- Storyline isn't as gripping as it sounds
- Detective Mode is very difficult to work your way through