Final Cut: Encore Collector's Edition
Outstanding story is a continuation of Final Cut - Death on Silver Screen. You caring uncle and the circumstances certainly aren't what they seemed to be. Great graphics; voice overs are pretty good (could use a little more emotion). You have achievements and can play casual, challenging and expert modes. Difficulty can be changed during play. Journal includes your objectives and map. CE extras include the bonus games, movies, picture, HOS and puzzles.
HOS are nicely done - well-detailed and not too crowded. Includes an option to play Match 3 if you don't like HOS. Puzzles aren't too difficult. Gameplay is straightforward - you generally know what you have to do next. Carefully crafted environment. Very nice entertaining game.
July 11, 2013
A Good Old Thriller Just Right For A Rainy Day- Based on Demo
Reviewers Note: Level of Challenge for me is primarily based on HOS and Puzzles.
Well, Eipix has been making some pretty good games lately, and Final Cut: Encore is added to that list. I really enjoyed the trial, but, once again I will wait for the SE release.
The storyline is favourite kind and starts brilliantly, which is what first got me hooked. Then, near the end of the demo, there is another sick twist that leaves you desperately wanting more. The game uses live actors for the cutscenes, making it just like watching a movie.
The HOS are great. There was just the right amount for me. The HOS include extra step objects and I found them rather easy, allowing me to collect a number of HOS achievements. For those who do not want to play the HOS, there is an option of Match 3. This is very fun and also easy.
The puzzles were great. Eipix took all gamers in to account as some were easy and others a little harder. On Casual mode, the Skip recharges incredibly quickly for those who find the puzzles too hard or just can?t be bothered doing them. The Strategy Guide provides solutions for the puzzles, but only through screenshots.
The gameplay was nothing new to me, and I had no issues with getting stuck, which is a bonus. One thing that annoyed me though- You had to switch between 2 different ?worlds? to get things- something which really drives me insane in games.
Something that I found to be more useful than usual was the hint. The hint acts as an interactive map, so you don?t have to waste time backtracking or using a map. Well done to the developers on this.
The graphics are excellently done. The cutscenes use real actors, and at times it?s like watching a movie. Other than that, the HOS are done really well, as are other scenes in the game. Kudos to the developers for their extra effort.
The voice-overs are nothing special, but they were done well enough to make the game interesting. There is nothing really to comment on the voice-overs.
- Diary to keep track of events.
- Map. The map is interactive, although I did not use it as I had the hint.
- 3 modes of play- Casual, Challenging and Expert. I played Casual, as I always do when first playing a game.
- Hint and Skip- the hint and skip recharge incredibly quickly on casual and the hint is extremely useful outside HOS, acting as an interactive map.
- Strategy Guide (CE Exclusive)- Helped me solve a couple of puzzles.
- Achievements (CE Exclusive)
- Collectible film reels (CE Exclusive)
- Downloadable soundtrack and wallpapers (CE Exclusive- Bonus content)
- Bonus Chapter (CE Exclusive- Bonus Content)
- Concept Art (CE Exclusive- Bonus Content)
The demo is a solid 45 minutes and the game is packed full of CE Extras, but the file size is HUGE at 1.2GB. What?s with all the big games lately? If you have limited internet and/or computer space, I would advise waiting for the SE. If you like extras, take the CE. Either way, I recommend this game.
July 12, 2013
NO Zombies, Vampires, Ghosts, deceased spirits/relatives or whatever strange creature the devs can dream up!!
It is a nice straight forward who-done it which I love. The HOS are Not messy, tiny junk piles & they have real actors interspersed among the story which is a nice touch that I appreciate. The artwork is realistic looking & not the usual flat drawings with one dimensional characters.
So if you want a break from the zombies, vampires etc. give this game a try. You might like it. I thoroughly did!!
July 12, 2013
Really don't know wether this is a 3 or 5 star game ???
I loved the first "Final Cut" - and was eager to try this one out.
The Graphics, collectibles and the plot seems to be of a high standart.
There are a lot to find: Filmstrips, morphing object and clovers - The filmstrips were easy to spot, but in the full demo I only found 1 morphing object and 1 clover .... promising CE quality :-)
The reason to swap between locations wasn't really clear to me, and confused me more the deeper I dug in. Well - as I only did the demo it might be more obvious later on.
I really, really disliked the quick zoom in/out from items and tasks - it isn't pleasing the eye or the gameflow at all, and this is the main factor to my low rating.
It was SO annoying and kind of ruined the game experience.
I am having an ambivaliant feeling about the oportunity to swap to mach 3 in the HOS - On the one hand it is a fast help when I can't find the items, but on the other hand, it makes me lazy as I know I don't have to work my butt off in order to find them, as I can just swap..... so - am both pro and con ??
Will wait to see how others rate the full game before I buy it, and I also wan't to know how long the game is.
- In fact... I'd wish all rewievs of full games would include the length of the gameplay.
I'll recommend this game, as it in many ways is of very high quality
July 11, 2013
Not a bad sequel!
As usual, another special for a series I already have...except for this one of course. Yes, I have the first two and liked them both. This one is a bit different Don't much care for the combination of real and animated people, but not badly done.
I always demo on easy mode, so here it goes. Not much in the way of instructions on this game. Does not tell you that you have extras to find within the game. I just accidentally found them. There is a lot of shoe leather used in this game, as you frequently return to the same location and HOG. Good thing there is a jump map! Naturally, it only shows two chapters, which I don't care for...I want to see how many we have to look forward to.
Game play was good, music not too bad, graphics the same as the other two games. Games were simple and not "brain" taxing. HOGs simple and straight forward. Some items very small and hard to see, but mostly not bad. Had some sparkles that weren't HOGs, just sort of there for no reason. Nice, helpful hint system that fills quickly. SG was very nice as well.
Story line seemed as though something was missing. Maybe it was the lack of direction or instruction, but the story was different. I believe you weren't being transports back in time, but back into a movie. At least that's what I thought.
This game was not spectacular, nor was it particularly challenging, but I do find myself wanting to see it to the end. Yes, I have sworn off CE games, so I will put this one in my puddle and hold for the SE, unless there is a really good special on CE games coming up.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this one to be exactly what you are looking for. Thanks for the reviews.
July 11, 2013
This Sequel is a great addition. Had a lot to do and lots of fun. Good on characters and conversation. So great cut scenes. Like the interactive map and collectables. This will go on my must buy list.
August 1, 2013
Great game. I'm not a fan of non-animated cutscenes, with real actors. I find it cheap. But by the end of this game I didn't care, and as the story got deeper, I felt the acting got better. The storyline became quite moving, especially if you get the CE.
My only issue with the game is that the map is not very helpful. Sure, you can use it to take you to previously visited scenes, but it's only prompt is that you need to get to a place you can't get to yet (without a long think or hints). The map is no guide, just a shortcut.
However all was forgiven with the extra extra in CE. Cats! Dreadlocked guy with adorable accent, and coffee. If you love coffee and cats, it'll be worth it. Also the main game has lots of bits to look out for. Film bits, clovers, morphing objects and kites (don't forget the kites!).
But next time, guys, a better map, please! Sure CE can use the guide, but I'd rather use a hint! No cheating for me.
Highly recommended, if you can live with a few hints here and there. The cutscenes are jarring at first, but you'll warm to them very soon.
July 17, 2013
FUN FOLLOW UP OF THE FIRST GAME
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME AND BONUS FEATURES ON EXPERT LEVEL
I liked the way this game picked up it's story from the first game and took me into another layer of the story. I like following the same characters in a series of games. This game is fun, no doubt about it. There are many different scenes and scenery so that if you don't like one area, you will probably like another one further along. I'm kind of blase about what to write for my review because the game didn't leave much of a lasting impression on me. I found the story concept of turning the projectors on and off to take me into movie settings very interesting, but at times, having to run back and forth turning them on and off became an irritant. Another thing I didn't like about this game was that it showed me things I needed to do but did not provide me the object to do it with until way, way down the line. That's a tease, I know, but if it's too long a wait, it's just annoying. In addition to that, often I would find an object and have to hang onto it for what seemed like forever before I could use it. There were two occasions where an item was used for a nonsensical purpose. Those are my only complaints, though. The rest of the game is very nice. It has a jump map which takes you wherever you want to go which is a huge help. The live characters and acting are likewise pleasant. The music is appropriate as well. The IHOS are easy, but there are one or two puzzles that take a little thought,. The bonus chapter was ok, but probably not worth the extra expense of buying the CE, but I really enjoyed the interactive office visit with the devs. That was cool.
Bottom line, this is a good game. You'll have fun with it and the story will keep you moving, but it has one or two annoying "habits" I wish weren't in there. If you can ignore these "habits" I think you will enjoy this game a lot.
August 8, 2013
Not quite as good as the original
I utterly loved the first game in this series. The sequel is good, but it suffers too much from "and let's make it BETTER!"
It's too wordy, there's more cut scenes, more videos, more conversations. There are tapes to listen to. You can skip through a lot of it, but there's far too much of it.
Overall the game is still well done. There's a useful map to help you navigate around. You're looking for a few 'extras' along the way. Sometimes they lead you to some of them, sometimes they don't. Some are cute (hiding kites on the map).
Hidden Object scenes don't have you hunting for tiny hard to find things yet manage to still stay challenging. There are no language problems causing you to think you're looking for one thing when they mean another.
The bonus section is better than most (usually they are so limited in scenes that there's no real challenge to them).
Make sure to play the "office chapter" where you get the lead programmer a cup of coffee, and he explains to you some of the secrets of the game and the company. (Spoiler alert: Many of the actors are secretly not human!)
Overall it's a very good game, they just need to sit on their urge to go overboard with the video stuff and remember that we're playing a game, not watching a movie -- even if the game is about movies!
July 19, 2013
Great game, but laggy.
One of most awesome CE ever, but its laggy and I'm playing on high end desktop pc from mid 2010, that can handle games that are much more demanding than this. Even turning off high resolution didn't help, the mouse is still as laggy as it was I think its because vsync that cannot be turned off.
July 15, 2013