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    Indigo Prophecy

    Indigo Prophecy was released in 2005 and was reviewed well by most larger gaming websites and magazines. This leads me to believe they did not finish the game, but more on that later.

    Indigo Prophecy is unique in its field. By mashing many genres into one game, it loses its identity by trying to combine too many ideas into one. If we were talking about TV shows and movies this would be a X-Files, Matrix, Law and Order, and Exorcist all in one feature presentation. This *could* work but the team did not give the game enough length for anything to develop coherently. Actually, the end of the game is so convoluted and rushed that I believe they simply ran out of development time. For a story that needed to be 20+ hours, they compacted it into a 7-8 hour mad dash.

    Which is a damn shame since the first two thirds of the game is excellent and has a great build up. All this comes crashing down in one sentence ("plot twist".) From here the entire story crumbles apart, from the laughable plot climax to the w-t-f relationship development.

    If I scared you off of playing the game, I'm sorry. I think it is worth playing up until a certain point. The investigation is very rewarding. Playing both the murderer trying to hide evidence and the detectives trying to piece it together is a totally new and refreshing experience. There are some incredibly awesome action scenes that accompany a badass plot twist. The characters are very likeable and there are some raunchy sex scenes (for the Euro edition.)

    As for gameplay... The character movement controls remind me of Resident Evil 2. The character is controlled by the WASD keys and the mouse controls the camera. To active certain items or perform certain moves, the mouse must be moved in various patterns shown on screen. When the action heats up, a mini-game of "simon says" pops up on the screen. Two sets of D-Pads show on screen and when a certain direction lights up the player must push the bound key in that direction. It can be very hard at times since the directions are lit in fast succession. This is nicely integrated into the screen show that the player never misses any of the action. The gameplay is surprisingly good for a game of this type.

    If only the development team had more time or the writer wasn't a scattered brain **** then this game could have been extremely awesome. I can think of 10 different ways to take the story that would have been a hell of a lot better. I would have never come up with the ending they did in a thousand years. To top off the lousy ending, they play Theory of Deadman in the credits. A fitting end to a "could of been" game.

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    I really liked the game a lot, outside of the storyline jumping off a cliff near the end. The diner part at the very beginning is one of the best things I've played in ANY game, EVER.

    Heavy Rain, which is done by the same guys, comes out in a little under a month. Indigo Prophecy showed more than enough promise for me to get Heavy Rain day 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monroeski View Post
    I really liked the game a lot, outside of the storyline jumping off a cliff near the end. The diner part at the very beginning is one of the best things I've played in ANY game, EVER.

    Heavy Rain, which is done by the same guys, comes out in a little under a month. Indigo Prophecy showed more than enough promise for me to get Heavy Rain day 1.
    I agree. I was so damn impressed by the beginning of the game which made the ending piss me off! When I completed the first scene at the diner, I got up and called my brother. I had to tell him how awesome it was. I agree with you, that will be one of my most memorable gaming moments.

    Heavy Rain does look nice, I will wait to see how it is reviewed first. Last thing I want is another "Dream Catcher" ending.
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    Played part way and then dropped this game for some reason. I was tempted to buy this during the Steam Sale but it was the censored Us version so I didn't.
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    Definitely worth a play, it's very unique. "Fahrenheit" is the original un-cut version. Indigo Prophecy is the American version. At least I think that's right...it's been a while. Could be the other way around =p - Been 4+ years since I played it I'm pretty sure.

    Seems like there were maybe too many ideas to throw into one game, like you said. But, it does make for a fun unique gaming experience. Also the Sex scene is pretty damn funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taggart6 View Post
    Played part way and then dropped this game for some reason. I was tempted to buy this during the Steam Sale but it was the censored Us version so I didn't.
    Eh, you don't miss but two extremely small awkward sex scenes that can be found on the internet. Who wants to see poorly rendered, badly animated pixel figures go at it anyway lol?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timman_24 View Post
    Eh, you don't miss but two extremely small awkward sex scenes that can be found on the internet. Who wants to see poorly rendered, badly animated pixel figures go at it anyway lol?
    I'm one of those "I want the game as the creator intended" types. I know of course that some level of censorship goes on long before the game is ever released in the first place, but once I found out they cut content from the US release, even if it WAS two badly animated and awkward sex scenes I couldn't stand to get the censored version.

    I only ended up purchasing a US version of The Witcher after finding out you can get back the censored stuff in that one via a simple patch. I don't believe that is the case with Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit, at least it wasn't the case back when the game originally came out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monroeski View Post
    I'm one of those "I want the game as the creator intended" types. I know of course that some level of censorship goes on long before the game is ever released in the first place, but once I found out they cut content from the US release, even if it WAS two badly animated and awkward sex scenes I couldn't stand to get the censored version.

    I only ended up purchasing a US version of The Witcher after finding out you can get back the censored stuff in that one via a simple patch. I don't believe that is the case with Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit, at least it wasn't the case back when the game originally came out.
    I'm the same way. It may be silly to others, but censorship really bothers me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monroeski View Post
    I'm one of those "I want the game as the creator intended" types. I know of course that some level of censorship goes on long before the game is ever released in the first place, but once I found out they cut content from the US release, even if it WAS two badly animated and awkward sex scenes I couldn't stand to get the censored version.

    I only ended up purchasing a US version of The Witcher after finding out you can get back the censored stuff in that one via a simple patch. I don't believe that is the case with Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit, at least it wasn't the case back when the game originally came out.
    You can get it out of the original indigo game, not the steam version though. If you get your hands on a retail version, all you have to do is change a 0 to a 1 in one of the system files.
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