Instead, a player spends too much time climbing around walls, up and down drainpipes and ladders and across gutters, basically, bouncing around carefully telegraphed environmental obstacle courses with little chance of failure.
Additionally, an abundance of combat further dilutes the game’s atmospheric potential and memory jumbling.
Now some might appreciate the ability to construct combination attack moves (literally positioning “x” and “y” button controller choices into a sequence) that with each strike allows Nilin to either hurt an opponent, restore some of her health or cool down one of her handful of more powerful maneuvers when executed.
For me, under the stress of fighting frightening underground addicts called Leapers or bulky Saber Force guards, it melded into one large button-mash session nearly every time.
Although I’m sounding a bit sour on the game, Remember Me does add some extra fun worth mentioning.
Locations often provide a digital images puzzle that pop up in odd places and requires a mini-scavenger hunt to try and find upgrades or history data packets that bring to life a very rich mythology in a text database.
Furthermore, Nilin can tap into memories of some individuals that replay movements and act as holographic maps for her to navigate dangerous areas.
I also appreciated a weapon called the Spammer. Worn like a gauntlet, it shoots data bursts that will stun and damage opponent’s memory functions and even break apart certain structures, including robots.
Ultimately, the overtly ambitious Remember Me remind us about the pitfalls of an ever-evolving digital age (I’ll pass on Google Glass now) in its smartly constructed story.
However, its inability to focus on its slick innovations and mire a player in melee and platform action leaves too many moments better off forgotten than fondly recalled.
Parental advice: The ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) — after watching Nilin yank the digital memories out of the back of soldier’s head through his Sensen port until he crumples over brain dead — decided to label this game “M” and that stands for mature — gamers only 17 years and older can take part in Remember Me. Although the game is not as violent as the standard “M” rated fare, it offers plenty of close-quarters combat and adult themes such as murder and suicide.