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Review: Master Reboot (Wii U eShop) (PAL Region)

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A psychological horror adventure from a first person perspective.



MASTER REBOOT (Wii U eShop)
(C) Wales Interactive

PAL Review by SKTTR.


You wake up in a dark cel-shaded world, and have to find out who you are and where you are. Information is scarce, and the little you get from cutscenes initially add to the confusion. I wouldn't spoil anything because the story is a particular high point that everyone (except kids) should experience for themselves.

It's a straightforward and memorable experience, with stylish and quite beautiful areas to explore. There are a some simple platforming sections, and original but not too difficult puzzles. Pick up usable items (like an axe or a flashlight) and collectibles (like memory snippets).

The first two areas are like a tutorial. You move around with the analog sticks and use 5 buttons for either jumping, running, ducking, using an item, and interacting with/picking up interesting objects. After that you'll come across a hub where you can select from certain stages you want to dive in. From there on the game becomes a little more open.

All of the areas have a dark secret, and something bad is lurking already, trying to stop you from finding the truth. It's up to you to connect the dots that make up the plot by collecting memory snippets that are hidden in the stages.



On a technical side, the controls and graphics are alright, albeit they are a little rough at times, which adds to the unsettling ambience. The light effects are beautiful and very organic, and the music and sound effects round up a dense atmosphere. The 2D cutscenes look as they come from a cheap flash animation though. They're a huge letdown when compared to the 3D graphics (that make the other 90% of the game). However, this clash of two unique styles is starting to work as you get used to it, just because it's an odd world with unusual stuff happening in the first place.

MASTER REBOOT is a rather simple and beatable game: Small areas, lots of restart points, unlimited lives, (almost) no time limits, and autosave after each area. The puzzles are exciting for adventure fans, the story and atmosphere are great for horror fans, and the platforming and action sequences are simple enough for everyone to get through with a bit of practice and patience.

Wii U specific features: The GamePad mirrors the tv screen at all times. No additional uses apart from off-tv-play. Posting pictures on Miiverse isn't always possible: it's odd that it's deactivated most of the time but still available at seemingly random occasions. Since the game's update on 25th August 2014 the major bug in the final part of the game and other minor flaws have been fixed.




All in all I really like the game as its strengths outweigh the flaws. It makes you think, it makes you wonder, it even makes you jump! In the hands of its target audience this definately grows a fanbase. If you're into great adventure games for Wii U (like The Cave or Stick It To The Man) and are interested to play something similar from a first person perspective and in a much darker tone, then MASTER REBOOT is the game for you.

SKTTRSKORE:

★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8/10


Last edited by Ichigofan on February 11th 2016, 2:19 pm; edited 2 times in total

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on August 29th 2014, 4:02 amSKTTR
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@Trinity33: There are 12 main memories in the hub.
Each of them is divided into 2 stages/parts: the first part always being an exploration adventure (with one exception), and the other part being a shorter action/platforming stage or some kind of puzzle.
Plus 3 intro stages and 3 outro stages.
Took me 8-9 hours to find all collectibles and beat the game.

@Rukiafan: Child of Light is on hold. It didn't grab me the way I hoped it would. Yeah, the game is polished and the presentation is beautiful, and there's some originality in the gameplay, but I'm playing on Hard straight away and it's a real grind. Also, I wish I could change the language in-game as it seems the English and especially French rhymes are better than what's offered through the German translation. It's not exactly my type of game and I was off to a slow start, then other Wii U games grabbed my attention: playing SteamWorld Dig and Fire Emblem (GBA) atm. I'll get back to Child of Light and hope to find the redeeming qualities, but it'll take some time.

@Everyone: Thank you very much. Any constructive advice and honest criticism is always appreciated. Smile
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@SKTTR wrote:@Trinity33: There are 12 main memories in the hub.
Each of them is divided into 2 stages/parts: the first part always being an exploration adventure (with one exception), and the other part being a shorter action/platforming stage or some kind of puzzle.
Plus 3 intro stages and 3 outro stages.
Took me 8-9 hours to find all collectibles and beat the game.

@Rukiafan: Child of Light is on hold. It didn't grab me the way I hoped it would. Yeah, the game is polished and the presentation is beautiful, and there's some originality in the gameplay, but I'm playing on Hard straight away and it's a real grind. Also, I wish I could change the language in-game as it seems the English and especially French rhymes are better than what's offered through the German translation.  It's not exactly my type of game and I was off to a slow start, then other Wii U games grabbed my attention: playing SteamWorld Dig and Fire Emblem (GBA) atm. I'll get back to Child of Light and hope to find the redeeming qualities, but it'll take some time.

@Everyone: Thank you very much. Any constructive advice and honest criticism is always appreciated. Smile
Is it alright for me to request a review?
I hope that you'll review Fire Emblem (GBA) soon since I never played the game and we're still waiting for it to release on the Wii U Virtual Console in my region Exclamation
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Not my cup of tea, but nice review anyways. Smile
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Good review.
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