Uncover the Truth.
Black – an ice-cold mercenary and hired gun – awakes in a mysterious old asylum with no memory of his past. Under the guidance of his anonymous captor, ‘Red’, Black embarks on a form of treatment, facilitated by a unique technology – a headset that allows the user to relive their memories and experience them again in the present.
One of our Hidden Gems for June, Bandai Namco’s psychological thriller Get Even launches with a small price tag and an enjoyable but mind bending single player campaign. The setting reminded me slightly of Condemned: Criminal Origins, but this isn’t a game confined to a single genre.
Using your technically advanced smart phone and apps, you play detective for large portions investigating your surroundings. There’s frantic action sequences that arrive every now and then, and the occasional opportunity to stealth your way through if that’s your preference. One of the coolest parts of the game is the high-tech corner gun you acquire early on. Like something straight out of Bond’s Arsenal, you can shoot at 90° degree angles that makes taking out enemies around doors and over cover a breeze. A neat trick that works really well.
The story is a hard one to explain, and without giving too much away, you start as hired gun ‘Black’ while trying to save a hostage from an old abandoned building. In reality though, you find out soon enough that you’re just a patient in an asylum, and the rescue attempt? It’s just one of a string of memories from your past that needs to be pieced together to discover the truth. As the story moves forward, you will find your actions have consequences as you try and answer the many questions the game provides about your past and present. Who are you? Where are you? and who was the hostage? These are answers you’ll discover as you untangle the twisted plot.
We enjoyed Get Even’s intriguing single player campaign and although it doesn’t stand up to the heights of the likes of Battlefield 1 etc, it doesn’t need to. The game offers enough plot turns and interest that will keep you playing and guessing until the credits roll and the unique corner gun adds a fun gameplay element. With a small price tag lower that your average AAA title, Get Even is a game worth checking out!
Get Even tells a devastating story that ends with a striking M. Night Shyamalan-like twist. Interestingly, it’s the most crucial part of the entire story, and you see none of it. The visuals are left entirely to the imagination, which is unexpected and impactful. It is these kinds of powerful moments that emphasize Get Even’s key strength–delivering a twisting narrative that is fascinating enough to make up for its lackluster gameplay elements.