|Genre: Adventure & RPG
|Min OS X: 10.4 CPU: G4 RAM: 512 MB Graphics: 1024x768
GraphicsThe cities are all 3D with a semi-top down view when you run around but goes to eye level when in cut-scenes. It is pretty basic 3D but still gives you a sense of where you are going and what you are doing. There is ambient life wandering the city streets such as people and cars. These usually have no bearing in the game and are only there to enhance the immersion in Israeli and Palestinian culture. The only vehicles that actually serve a purpose are taxis that take you from place to place. The game is made with the Unity engine from Over the Edge Entertainment.
SoundThe sound helps you totally immerse yourself in the game. Cars honk if you get in their way, people chatter amongst themselves, guns are heard from checkpoints and so on. There is also background music that really fits the theme. Overall lots of attention was brought to the music and sounds of the game. The only problem is there is no voice-acting at all. While voice-acting is far from necessary, it could have enhanced the feeling of being a journalist, as you can sometimes tell if a person is not saying the complete truth by the tone of their voice. This gives the player a slight disadvantage but nothing that canít be overcome by some quick thinking.
ValueThis is a game you could end up replaying quite a few times because of the many different paths you may take and the different angles you could try to find for your articles. If you are tired of the shooters and action games, you will find this game rather refreshing as it will test your mind rather than how quickly you can click the mouse. I must emphasize again however that this game is not for everyone, it is more an ongoing story than a game.
ConclusionA wonderful game for thinkers which encompasses many aspects of journalism. It also keeps you abreast of the situation in Israel and Palestine. If one can get past the fact that it could be considered edutainment, one could actually enjoy the game and also learn something from it.
Pros• Realistic in its portrayal of life in Israel and Palestine
• Good journalist training
Cons• Small world
• No tutorial
• No voice-acting