Easter Eggs: Remember Me

By Marc Hollinshead, 4 years ago
Welcome to Easter Eggs, where the TA Team shines the spotlight on games that many gamers might have missed, perhaps hidden away behind the millionth copy of Call of Duty or FIFA. Much like a gamer who finds an Easter Egg hidden away in a game and proceeds to trumpet it from the highest hills and forums, the TA Team is going to be featuring these Easter Egg games on the front page for all to see.
The wonder of the human brain is that it can remember a vast array of significant moments in one's life. Think back to your first kiss, the first time you held your child in your arms, the first game you played; these memories are something you wouldn't trade for anything. No matter how big or small a memory is, they are our very essence and help to form who we are today. I have many fond memories of my childhood and thinking back to them can regularly boost my mood when I'm experiencing a not-so happy day. Now, imagine if every single one of your memories from your life were stripped from you and there was nothing left. You wouldn't be able to recollect who your parents were, where you're from, your life skills, or even your own name. Without your memories, you'd know nothing of anyone or anything and you'd become a mindless shell of a human being. It's a scary thought, isn't it? I wouldn't give up my memories for anything and I'm sure you wouldn't either. This is where our latest Easter Egg comes in.

Imagine a world where memories have become a commodity. People buy and sell people's own thoughts and feelings as they please as though they were getting the morning paper. Is that a world you'd want to live in? Well, say hello to Remember Me, an Action-Adventure title worth storing in your memory.


The Basics

Remember Me puts you in the shoes of Nilin the Memory Hunter. Her journey begins in the menacing facility of La Bastille and she knows nothing of her life but her own name. Through a last-minute rescue, her real journey begins into reclaiming her stolen memories and uncovering who she is through the form of some surprising twists and turns. Nilin will need to pick apart Memorize, the corporation behind Sensen, a peculiar invention which is all the rage in the city of Neo-Paris. Everyone has access to a sensen if they desire, and with it, they can re-experience and remove any memory they wish, or even gain someone else's memory. People's memories have even become a form of currency in this futuristic world but it's not to everyone's tastes. Of course, our leading lady despises this contraption and wants it gone for good. It's not going to be easy, but Nilin is a determined and extremely talented woman. She just needs to remember it all first.

The game is very linear in nature, but don't let that dishearten you. You'll be soaring across rooftops in high-speed chases and sneaking through the darkest depths of Neo-Paris, while also engaging in combat similar to the Batman: Arkham series. With all that put together, you've got yourself a solid Action-Adventure game. What makes this more than your run-of-the-mill adventure with some combat thrown in, though?

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The Hook

The story of Remember Me is an aspect of humanity that has never been explored thoroughly in the game medium before. A person's memory is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience which is personal to them. When you try and pick it apart and steal someone's own life from them, how would that make you feel? The game deals with this theme excellently and shows how defiling someone's own mind, and the world with the meddling of memories is extremely dangerous. Many of the enemies take the form of former civilians who have literally lost their minds through over-indulging in people's memories, just like a drug. The leapers of Remember Me are the lowest of the low; their appearance is practically in-human and they know nothing of who they used to be. This causes great distress for Nilin and we can see throughout the game that she can't let this go on.

Throughout her mission you'll be exploring the highs and lows of Neo-Paris, the game's beautifully realised city. As you climb tall structures and walk through cobbled plazas, it's obvious how much work was put into creating the future version of the city of love. It's a bit of a shame that we aren't able to see a lot of it, but what we do see is gorgeous. To accompany the magnificent city, the game has a stunning soundtrack. The blend of orchestral sounds and futuristic beats is fantastic and it fits perfectly with the beauty of the setting and time period itself, while some tracks also provoke a huge emotional response.

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On the gameplay side of things, Remember Me presents us with something quite unusual. On the outset it looks like nothing special. You will be punching and kicking your way through hordes of enemies and developing tactics to take down certain enemies with different strengths and weaknesses. The free-flowing combat from the Batman: Arkham games is most definitely an influence here. However, Nilin has the power of pressens on her side. Eventually, you'll be able to fiddle around in the combo lab and create your very own combos. In this lab, you'll be shown a number of set combos varying in length, and with the moves you've unlocked in Nilin's memory, you'll have free reign to conjure up attacks that can heal you, speed up the cool-down of your abilities, increase the damage of a hit and even intensify the effect of the previously used attack. If combined effectively, Nilin can become a powerhouse of a fighter who can dish out furious damage, unleash devastating abilities by the second and not even shed a drop of blood in the process. You may want to have a combo completely dedicated to healing Nilin so that every landed hit keeps her health in the green, or go for all-out damage so she has enemies piling up in minutes. It's entirely up to you how you use the combos, but be ready to adapt to different situations as Nilin will be needing her precious health and abilities a lot more than you would think.

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Fighting and beautiful settings aside, Remember Me has a truly unique element of gameplay which is very intriguing indeed. Throughout different points in the story, you will be thrown into a Memory Remix. This is when Nilin enters the memories of her chosen target and alters them in a way that changes their own thinking and actions for story-related purposes. In each remix, you will watch a scene play out and then be made to alter it for Nilin's benefit. This generally consists of causing someone to meet an untimely demise but just in the memory of that specific person. You will be able to explore the memory by fast-forwarding and rewinding it at will so that you spot different objects to alter. Perhaps you will nudge a gun further along a table so that it gets out of reach or turn on a robotic toy to take someone's eyes off the road when driving. It's all extremely dangerous stuff and can lead to some interesting results.

All remixes also have something called a memory bug that you may or may not want to find. This is when the person whose memory you are in dies. Obviously, it's impossible to remember yourself dying so the game will ask you to rewind the memory and try a different approach if you reach a memory bug. It's definitely fun to try out different combinations of objects and see how many results you end up with so don't hesitate to go overboard and accidentally kill someone without meaning to. It's impossible to fail these remixes so you can take your time with finding the right combination by controlling objects until the correct outcome is reached. It's a shame that only four memory remixes actually appear in the game, but they are a great addition nonetheless.

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The Achievements

The list amounts to that standard number of fifty we're all very much acquainted with. It's not a hard list by any means, so there's no need to worry about a hair-raising completion. There's a variety of story, combat and collectible related achievements so you will need to explore all the game has to offer. One achievement worth noting is Dropping L-Bombs. With a name like that, you'd expect something interesting and that is exactly right. This one requires some nimble fingers and quick reactions but it's definitely doable because even I managed it. You'll also be rewarded with killing a bunch of people in the memory remixes which is always fun. In all, it's a well-rounded list which, while not that hard, hasn't been created halfheartedly.

The Stats

Currently, around 9,350 TA'ers have entered Neo-Paris in the search for memories. 1,484 of those gamers have completed it which makes for a total of 15.88%. With a TA score of 1,777, it's nothing too intimidating.

The community have rated the game at 3.8 while Metacritic has gone with 70.

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The Price

Remember Me can be found very cheaply across a variety of retailers. If you're in the UK and want it new, you can buy it from Amazon at just £12.49. If you'd like to go even cheaper with a used copy, then you can get it from CeX for £10.00. For those in the US, you can also get it from Amazon at a very cheap $13.09. Gamestop also stocks pre-owned copies for $12.99.

The Verdict

Remember Me is a game that has been heavily overlooked by the public. Many people expected it to be something of an open world title but what they got put a sour taste in their mouths, hence why a number of reviews have ironically declared that this isn't a memorable game. However, this game is most certainly memorable. If you're a fan of Action-Adventure games with a unique story, this is just the game for you. The linearity is a good thing as the game is able to show you a multitude of areas and dramatic plot devices while not slowing down the pace to pointlessly add extra play time. Nilin is a fully fleshed out protagonist and while kicking some fantastic ass, she expresses deep emotions throughout the game which makes her a believable character. I was pleasantly surprised when playing this game.

You know that feeling when you're right near the end of a campaign and you simply must go on, even if it means a late bed time? This game did exactly that for me. The concept of memories and what happens when you manipulate them is an intriguing one, and it's unfortunate that Remember Me has begun to fade into obscurity in the year that it has been available. This is why it fully deserves the Easter Egg spot this week. Don't let this gem disappear into the gaming archives, but implant it in your brain as one of those great memories to think back on in years to come.

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Marc Hollinshead
Written by Marc Hollinshead
To summarize Marc in two words, it would be "Christian Gamer." You will usually find him getting stuck into story heavy action-adventure games, RPG's and the odd quirky title when he isn't raving about Dark Souls and Mass Effect. Outside the world of gaming, Marc attends and helps out in his church on a regular basis and has a not-so thrilling job in a supermarket.