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Overclocked: A History of Violence [PC]





While Overclocked is semi-original and gripping, you're left with a feeling it couldve been better

8.0

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Worth playing"

Summary

Overclocked grabbed me from the very first second. Unlike most other games in this genre, Overclocked has a very dark and depressing undertone, which will give you an unsettling feeling throughout the game. Specially if you play the game long periods of time, you can see the mental state of the lead character going downhill by the day. You keep waiting for that moment. The mental crack.. He is all but superhuman. It was very nice to play a character that is bothered by everything that is going on around him, and isnt some emotionless puppet for once.
The voice-acting is also nicely done, with no stereotype baddies or overly dramatic accents.

The story is told in a sort of innovative way by flashbacks. These flashbacks come from 5 locked up people in a mental facility you interview/ mentally support after they been found in different parts of town, completely disoriented and in a severe state of panic/ shock and/ or rage. While this is very interesting in the first few hours it begins to get a bit repetetive after a while and you end up going from cell to cell hoping to get something out of one of them that'll keep the story going.

The game itself is very solid and will keep most adventure game fans gripped till the end. .Sadly though.. when you come to the big conclusion, you do are left with the feeling the game is unfinished and that it could´ve been so much more.

But even though the disappointing end of the story, I sure had a good time playing it, with no technical problems or issues. Took me around the 8 hour mark to finish it all.

I guess if you're up for a bit of a new look on point & click you should check this out. It's by far not a bad attempt, and you've got to give credit to the developers for making a game in the genre in a slightly different way




Overclocked has the ingredients to be a good adventure game. But apparently ingredients don't make for a good dish.

5.0

Mediocre
Difficulty:
Very Easy
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Overrated"

Summary

When Overclocked: A History of Violence was released, it was the first time since long that I got rather excited about an adventure game. Although there were some parts in the demo which seemed a bit overdone (how many bullets can one gun carry?) it was the story that won me over.

Five young people are found in New York, none of them having any idea where they came from or what has happened. Apparently, they have been part of a violent occurrence. They are sent to a mental institution where you, taking on the role of psychiatrist David McNamara, must find out what has happened to them and how these people's lives are intertwined. Using hypnosis and the right triggers, you can help the patients remember what has happened and in this way find out the truth.

The way in which you uncover what has happened in the game is done in a innovative way. You start with uncovering the most recent memories of the patients and work your way backwards from there. So far so good, you would say and I would agree. However, the story is the only thing that is appealing about the game. The graphics look old: they are not very unlike Black Mirror which is a game far older than Overclocked. The sound however is okay. Nothing spectacular, but nothing negative about it either.

What really bothered me about this game were the puzzles, which of course means instant death for any adventure game. All the puzzles in Overclocked are way too easy. Almost every object that you need to solve a puzzle is either present in the same area or not more than two or three areas away. The only thing where you might get stuck (but not for more than a few minutes) is the part where you need to find the right trigger to get a patient to remember more about his or her past. But simple trial and error will get you passed this part.

Another major shortcoming in this game is the lack of detail. Although there will always be some minor things that cannot be helped for, the negligence of details in this game was so great that I found myself complaining about it out loud (and believe me: talking to my computer is not something I do on a regular basis). What's the use of a suitcase next to your bed if you never change clothes, not even when you got to sleep? Is it so hard to at least take of your shoes? And I do not expect to actually see the whiskey the bartender is giving me poor into my glass, but when the glass is already full before I've even ordered something, that's just plain stupid.

If you're new to the adventure genre, this game will be an easy one to get into it all. On the other hand, it might also put you on the wrong track about the difficulty of adventure games. But most likely it will put you off adventure games altogether. The game is too short, the anticlimax at the end would be huge if you wouldn't see it coming from about half way through the game and the puzzles are too easy. If you're really a die-hard adventure fan, you'll probably manage to entertain yourself for a few hours, but my conclusion is: Overclocked is overrated.





Charming but rather mediocre.

7.5

Great
Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Almost, but not quite"

Summary

Overclocked is and old school point&click adventure and it does its job well, though it doesn't reach anything amazing. The story has promise but there should have been a little something more to make it really memorable and great.

The atmosphere and progress is interesting, for the most part I enjoyed this game. Flashbacks were a nice idea, not overused in games (yet at least) and they worked well with the plot. The game managed to be exciting and sometimes even a bit scary but luckily it never crossed the line to cheap scares and horror.

The biggest letdown was the main character. You could feel for him but he was just a too much of a cliché. Ex-military, dark past, divorce, anger issues... I think the protagonist could have been done better. He wouldn't necessarily have to be a different person but the approach could have been something else than the same old thing you've seen in dozens of B thriller movies.

Also towards the end the game started to lose the grip on me. It wasn't bad, it just didn't impress me. That could be said from the whole game really, yet there is a certain charm that makes me like it more than dislike.




One of many mediocre adventure games.Starts pretty nice and then suddenly loses appeal in the middle of the road.

5.5

Mediocre
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Old-school"

Summary

In Overclocked you play as a psychiatrist whose task is to discover what happened to a group of 5 people.Those people are mad,terrified and suffer from a post traumatic amnesia.Your role is to find out about their past and help them regain their memory to solve the mystery that is hidden behind their weird behaviors.

As original and appealing the story may seem as lacklustre and average everything else is.If you played adventure games in the past,then overclocked will feel like home.

It's a point and click gameplay with solutions found in so many other games of the same genre.It is predictable,although sometimes pretty confusing.It's so linear that it hurts.It's like a train on rails.Everything has to be done in a specific way and in a specific order,otherwise you won't proceed with the story.What this creates is a lack of sense of accomplishment.I mean,even if you are stuck for a moment,you will find a way out anyway sooner or later through trial and error method.
The game itself doesn't make it harder for you to find solutions either as most of the items you need happen to be in the same area as the task at hand.
What I like about it though is that you won't experience those ridiculous solutions based on combining an apple with a screwdriver,then with a washing machine and then with cars engine to create a toothbrush which you will then use with the rubber duck from the lake etc.
No,the puzzles are fair and don't make you feel stupid.They don't feel ridiculous and are not irritating.Most of it makes sense.Sometimes it is way to easy even.
The story is pretty creepy and manages to confuse you,yet lacks something in between.It is a mix between innovative solutions with cliched situations.It feels in place and it feels just right at the beginning and after some time it begins to tire you.The creepy atmosphere,the psychiatric hospital's background makes sure of that.
The very ending can leave you unsatisfied and wondering..wtf? It kind of leaves you with more questions than answers and steals the sense of a job well done.You almost want to shout: " Sequel! sequel! "

The graphics are mediocre.I mean,the background,the static scenery looks really nice but what shows it's age it's the textures of people you deal with.Your " hero " doesn't look that much better either.It kind of feels old,dated and out of place when you consider modern standards and the overall feeling makes you think that it is a low budget game.My thoughts were that this game just shows to much graphical inconsistency where nice background is mixed with a poor " active " textures.
What irritated me was the stiff and delayed animation of your psychiatrist.
He just feels like he just took some strong pills or something.It doesn't matter if he speaks,bows,opens something etc.there's always a period of couple of seconds until he is ready for some other action.It's like he is in a constant slow motion.
The animations is stiff and he feels like walking with a stick up his ass but I've seen worse.
The audio is nothing to remember.There are some creepy tunes mixes with delicate piano accords.It plays silently in the background without being either irritating or cheerful.

What can I say....I expected much more from this game.At the end it came to be a very mediocre adventure game that is placed couple of leagues below Syberia,Dreamfall,Fahrenheit or even Monkey Island.
The game is creepy,sterille and empty but what can keep players glued to the screen is it's story which is it's strongest point.

A game you could play without pulling your hair off but also a game you could easily forget once finished or stopped somewhere in the middle.
There are much better adventure games out there.

Story - 7
Gameplay - 5
Graphics - 6
Audio - 4
Replayability - NONE




WORST ADVENTURE GAME i have ever played

1.0

Abysmal
Difficulty:
Very Hard
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Waste of time"

Summary

this games is absolutely horrible..
it is onestly the worst adventure game i have ever played
the characters are flat, storyline is dumb, bugs are omnipresent and the gameplay is WEAK as hell
so basicaly i am writing you for everybody out there, because i think about my fellow gamers: DON'T BUY THIS GAME EVERRRRR
don't even download it for free

i think a 5 yo kid would have better ideeas and talent than these poor "developers".. i think they need to change their careers..clean some stuff of something..just don't destroy our lives with video games like this one

it's an absolute let down
oh, and the character you are playing with is a dumb phsychaiatrist which is one of the worst "heroes" to ever star in a video game

BOTTOMLINE
pointless, horrible, absolute FAIL
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whoever made this game needs a serious reality check..
7.5

Great
7.0
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