Surface: Reel Life Collector's Edition
I loved the other games in this series, but this one was maybe one too many. The premise of the story is interesting, but it is poorly told, not really making sense at times. Game play is OK, but there is way too much back-and-forth with the journey being illogical at times. For example, you have a difficult time getting across a chasm, but then you must traverse it many times. Artwork and VOs are good, and there is a good jump map. I don't recommend this game as a CE. Maybe the SE would be OK.
April 27, 2014
IT WAS OK!!
i KEPT FORGETTING THAT IT WAS A SURFACE GAME AND NOT A FINAL CUT GAME.EVEN KEPT FORGETTING THE FLOWERS AND WAS LOOKING FOR HE CLAPBOARDS.TOO MUCH ALIKE.
April 10, 2014
Disappointing Chapter in a Great Series
This review is based on a complete playthrough of the game + bonus content.
Every series has its 'slump', and Surface finally found theirs. Here we go:
First, the Bonus Content (or Why should I pay double for this game?): The bonus chapter is about an hour long with very few locations and a plot thinner than tissue paper in the rain. The ending, while 'nice', didn't really make sense in terms of what we learned during the game (the whole bonus chapter, really). Strike One.
There were collectibles - a ton of hidden flowers (I found a little more than half) which unlocked three 'movie' reels. They could have done a lot more here - where's our room to customize or UI skins from the collectible shop (a la The Noise she Couldn't Make)? Step backward here. Strike Two.
The achievements/trophies were all the usual fare: finish a scene in under a minute, go make a sandwich for ten minutes then finish, no hints/skips, etc. Again a step backwards even from the first Surface game, which had an achievement for solving a 'mystery' that wasn't critical to the plot (ie: you could finish the game and not get it). Strike Three.
Now for the regular game:
THE GOOD: You can replay cutscenes directly from your journal.
The hint system was a nice improvement - it showed you the scene where what you needed to do was, and let you jump right there. Functionally, it's exactly the same as a 'directional' hint button, but without the need to traipse all over the game world.
Graphics and sound were good, voice acting fairly solid.
HOS were neat, orderly (this doesn't mean easy), and used the 'put some items from your inventory into the scene' mechanic. If I have one fault with them, it's that they're all the same, mechanically.
THE BAD: The hint button sticks out WAY further than it should, which makes it very easy to accidentally click during HOS (which kills your achievements).
The cutscene animation was a little stilted. They ended up in that 'too good for normal graphics' but 'not good enough to look real' range. You're eyes know something is off so the scenes just don't 'feel' right. They've done better before in this series (and plenty better in other ones).
The game took me four and half hours, including task-killing and replaying a mini-game several times to get the 'one-minute' achievement (never did). I'm a slow player, so this is a short game. The game+bonus is shorter than what most standard editions take me to play through.
THE UGLY: I'd like to say at the story was good, but it wasn't. I understand they're working within the 'Surface' paradigm, but c'mon, Can we please have one game where no one gets kidnapped in the intro/opening scene?
BOTTOM LINE: I'm glad I got this on a BOGO weekend. While this game may still be better than most of what's out there, it's not up to the standards Elephant has set - in this series and others. All the parts for a great game were there, they just didn't deliver the goods.
If it were longer I might recommend it, but at the length it is it's not up to CE standards. Wait for the SE if you really want to play this one.
April 15, 2014
not anything special to me. it was short and not much of a story. just repeated the same things over and over. disappointed with this surface.
April 13, 2014
Nothing to be real excited about
I found the game to be boring and unimaginative. I love the Surface series but this one is a no buy for me. Although not a dud, still it could have been much better.
April 13, 2014
Is Surface and Final Cut the same people? I am confused even though I enjoyed the game I too kept forgetting it was a Surface game and not a Final cut.
Nice smooth fairly easy game. Entertaining enough to be a keeper.
April 11, 2014
Good game. Not excellent but enjoyed playing. The biggest flaw was the level of challenge.. kind of disappointed.
May 2, 2014
left me reeling
With boredom. I have all the Surface games, and I agree with the consensus - - this is without question a huge disappointment from our Surface Producers. Way, way too easy - -I tend to gauge challenge by how much attention I have to pay to the game over other distractions...tv, phone, etc. I could just about play this game with every electrical device on and still race through it, no problem. The other Surface games kept me engaged and anxious for the next one. I encourage them to go back to the drawing board and redeem themselves on the next one, but don't be so driven by success as to crank out a substandard game (for them) in a hurry. Take the time for a quality game and bring back your loyal fans. Would wait for the SE.
April 22, 2014
OH Elephant what a disappointment!!!
This latest Surface installment wasn't what I expect from this developer. The adventure is short and you get the feeling that the developer was in a hurry to complete the project. The premise of the story is okay, save Jane from Andrew Light/Skip frame (villain) when she is kidnapped in the theater. There is a brief encounter with a Madame Vega, which reminds me of Madame Fate. I love Elephant games but I hope they raise the bar soon. You may want to demo before purchasing this one.....
April 20, 2014
OK for beginners
Found the entire game far too easy including puzzles, hidden objects were easy to find. The Bonus Chapter was far too short, think its one of the shortest ever if not the shortest. Despite the easiness for me, the game was somewhat fun. Would recommend this game for beginners.
April 18, 2014