Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome Collector's Edition
i really enjoyed playing this one
October 10, 2012
I found my self on the verge of losing consciousness
This is a hard game to review: on the one hand it had a brilliant storyline; the voiceover of Oscar was excellent; some of the mini-games were incredibly fun. One the other hand: I found several glitches in the game and it wasn't my computer; there were many many many back and forths. It was very difficult to navigate between areas even with a map, but perhaps that is my own lack of experience; some of the mini games were so easy as to have been a waste of time.
Overall though I thought the game was excellent because of its coherency. But there were small things which just bugged me.
I will recommend it...and have given it 3 stars. It seems like an update to fix a few things would make this a 4-5 star game.
August 6, 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed this!
This is by far my favourite game of the moment,Loved evil Oscar's voice overs, he was creepy without all the blood & gore of other games.There are some hidden areas but this game focused more on the adventure,but be warned there is a lot of going back & forth to sites already visited but to me this added to the suspense of Sam helping Anna.
Loved the extra game play in the CE version,added more suspense as the game came to an end.
I wish all games were as entertaining as this one.
July 11, 2012
Disclaimer: Some might find this game too creepy and perhaps a bit gross. This game isn't like Redrum (which I loved# but there are some scenes that some people might find disturbing.
That being said, this is tied for my favorite game. I stayed up until way past midnight playing it because I had to know what happened. The storyline is superb: a madman has kidnapped your girlfriend and you search for her in a creepy mansion filled with horrible surprises and recordings that taunt you. I became very involved in the game, to the point that I was ignoring the recordings as I tried to find my girlfriend.
This is not one of those games that just drops you at the end. There is a real ending. I found that I was actually holding my breath at the end and feeling horrified.
HOSs: These are a little easier than in many games. There are always a couple of items that require manipulation of objects. Items are generally easy to find. When using the Hint Button you can choose the items you wish to find. If you use if for the items that require manipulation of other objects, it will not point out everything you need #I admit I found this a bit frustrating#. The same HOS is used more than once; to me that is a plus but I know some others don't like it.
Hint Button: Fills quickly.
Minigames: These are one of the main reasons I enjoyed this game so much. There are the standard games but also some that are unique #at least to me#. Games can be skipped quickly.
Map: Provided and to me it was essential. The game takes place in a large house with extensive grounds. I couldn't have completed the game without the map.
Journal: Provided and pretty much standard. I didn't use it much.
Bonus Game: I really think this should have been presented as a full-size HOG sequel. As a bonus game it's OK, but there was so much more that could have been done. The ending? Satisfying and not satisfying at the same time. Does the protagonist win? It's difficult to say.
What could be better? Some of the instructions for the minigames are not clear. The guide provides much better instructions #I've found this to be true of many HOGs).
This is an amazing game; fun to play and creepy at the same time. Very, very creepy....
July 10, 2012
I have to say that out of the dozens and dozens of these type of game I have bought, this is my absolute favourite, I rate it even higher than all the MCFs.
It had me hooked right from the beginning, some of the puzzles are brilliantly unique and never seen before, ranging in difficulty to fairly easy to quite hard.
I would write more but I am going off now to finish the bonus play, can't recommend this game highly enough!
July 5, 2012
This is worth splurging for the CE. This is a very large download, so check to make sure you've got the space for it. The graphics, music, and story line are out of this world. The bonus material is a must have. All around enjoyable game and the twists will keep you on the edge of your seat.
July 1, 2012
It seems that hidden object mystery games just get creepier and creepier, and Brink of Consciousness: Dorian Gray Syndrome Collector's Edition is one of the creepiest by far. While there is no blood, there is one psychotic "artist" that is our antogonist, and is he ever deranged. We play through the POV of Sam Wilde, an investigative reporter, and even though the place names sound very English, the background looks to be in Central Europe. Well, Sam is getting a little to close to the truth, and even in 1950, the time when this is all taking place, some low tech can be used in finding what has been missing and saving more lives, including the one dearest to Sam, his girlfriend, Anna.
"Oscar" has kidnapped Anna, and has brought Sam to his "gallery", where he has created life-sized works of art from the perfectly preserved bodies of his young and beautiful victims, dressed to reflect the image he wants them to portray, Icarus on the ceiling, his mechanic always in the garage, The Vitruvian Man, a flower girl in the indoor garden. So "Oscar" is a man of resources, but his insanity had lead him to using them for all the wrong reasons, and I was a little disappointed that in this very creepy mystery that there were not man HO puzzles to go through. Many logic puzzles, and lots of running back and forth to take one item to make another thing work, and so on, which is pretty common with these kinds of games. Had this been a horror film, I would have been riveted to find out more about Oscar. Perhaps the writers of this game might want to consider taking this script to an independent studio, because it would make one amazing scary movie. I've played my share of creepy games, and was glad not have run into swarming spiders in this one. You might even consider reading Oscar Wilde's works or at least watch LXG after playing this to learn more about Dorian Gray, but I was glad for the reprieve when I chose the more upbeat "Legally Blonde" to view after playing this game.
June 20, 2012
Great HOG with lots of backtracking
Bought this from the CE sale last weekend, I am not disappointed. The graphic is great and the voice over sounds pro, there are a lot to do although I checked the strategy guide I am already in Chapter 3 while playing for about 1 hour.
The storyline is not unusual, but it is twisted so it's kinda unique in a way. I would give this game a 5 star if only there is not many backtracking.. You go back and forth, back and forth, and although there is a map, you can't click on them to move from one location to the other. Once you acquire an item, you have to go back many scenes and then go forward again to find item and them go back again... And I notice there is a 2-3 seconds loading between scenes which takes it longer if you have to go backward 5 scenes, for example. But in short, I enjoy this game and I think you should give this one a try.
April 16, 2012
Very reminiscent of Saw movies. So if you like that kind of stuff, this is right up your alley. Been a while since i played it, but the puzzles were good, its a dark game not only in storyline, but also color/brightness on your screen. Would recommend if you like the psycho/serial killer premise.
April 1, 2012