Review: The Raven: Remastered (Nintendo Switch)

Reviewed by nWo, posted Feb 11, 2019 at 8:14 AM
Hi everyone! And welcome to The Game Master review of: The Raven: Remastered. A reboot of the 2013 game, The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief, but now, on the Nintendo Switch. As a big fan of mystery novels and books, noir and puzzle games, this one was on my radar. When I got my hands on the game, I was a bit skeptical, to say the least, because there has been a flood of games based on those good genres, but sadly, about 85% of them, aren`t as good as they claim. Does The Raven: Remastered, live up to the expectations? It is a good game? Do you need to buy it or just let it slip like a bad and rotten memory? You will accompany me to this review, where you will leave with no puzzled ideas about the quality of the game.
Feb 11, 2019 at 8:14 AM
  • Release Date (NA): January 25, 2019
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Developer: King Art Games
  • Genres: Point and Click, Mistery, Adventure, Puzzle, Noir.
  • ESRB Rating: Teen
  • PEGI Rating: Twelve years and older
  • Also For: Xbox One
  • Single player
    Local Multiplayer
    Online Multiplayer
    Co-operative
Mysteries, noir styled ambience, puzzles, murder, and clues scattered all around. The Raven: Remastered is a good attempt to blend all of this things, in a graceful manner. The story takes place in 1964, revolving around a professional thief, The Raven, his legacy as a feared criminal, his disappearance, and seemingly, his return (or a new Raven, perhaps?) in a wave of new and great robberies, and you, a keen Constable who loves mystery books but, hasn`t been in a real life mystery... until now.
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The first thing you`ll notice is that the game takes a bit to load. This is one of the few downsides to the experience, because the loading times are a bit heavy, sometimes ranging from 5 to even 15 seconds. It`s not a big deal, but it is my duty to let you know all of those tidbits of information to give you, the fair player, a good and neutral grip of the game in the spotlight.

Gameplay

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Now, let`s talk about gameplay. As an adventure / point and click / puzzle hybrid, this game has fair and just good enough gameplay mechanics. You are a Constable, and your duty is to search for clues, interview people for more clues and tips, and to connect ideas to find the answer as to what you need to do next. One thing to note is that you control your character with the joystick and buttons (no touch control sadly). The control pad buttons aren`t used to move around, and all of this takes place on a 3D environment. So, you would think that the characters movement is pressure sensitive, right? Well, no, it isn`t, and that`s not all; it has a weird movement scheme, where if you press up, the character loves to go up and about any of the sides. It`s just a small throwback as it feels a bit awkward at first, but as this game is not about frantic action nor precision, it doesn`t affect it to be a deal breaker.

You`ll be talking up to people, looking in every nook and cranny, trying to combine items, and many other actions to be able to advance in the story. The game has a small and quick tutorial at the beginning. You use "Y" to bring up your inventory, and "A" and "B" to explore and trigger actions on the world. The game is compatible with the photos and video capture of the Nintendo Switch.


The item combining mechanic is a bit more "serious" in this adventure, not like other games like "The Wardrobe" or "Detective Gallo" where you can think (or not) about the craziest item usage in the world. In here, you have a bit more of real world physics, except for a couple of times where the logic was a bit overrated but, all in all, is a good approach to be a good and keen mental work, without using ridiculous ideas.

The Constable communicates with the NPC (non playable characters) via multiple choice sentences. And, even if those multiple choices don`t affect the story as you choose them in any order, they are placed in a graceful and comfortable way.

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Your character has a diary, where he automatically writes about every new character you meet, every new clue and topic of interest that comes to light. This diary is a great help to new players, because in here you can review all the data and take a good chance to catch another perspective of the situation. If that isn`t enough, the game has a "point and clue" mechanic where, if there is really no other way around and you are stuck, you can exchange points (wich are awarded as you progress in the main story and solve puzzles) to "buy" clues that point you almost directly to what to do next. This is a nice touch for young players, or gamers who come around this type of genre for the first time, and can find some puzzles a bit challenging.

You can save and load the game in real time, and the software just takes about 3 seconds to save game. But then again, the only downside on this are the loading times as mentioned earlier.

And the game has some unlockables, like art gallery where you can see the development of some characters and places. Is a good addition but to be honest, not enough as a unlockable.
GRAPHICS
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To be fair, this is a 2013 game. The graphics are fair according to that year, nothing to write home about, and please good reader, remember that a game isn`t made by the graphics, as long as said game is good, fun to play and has a good amount of content.

The characters look good and crispy, in a cell shaded / realistic ambience, altough the characters tend to look to the horizon sometimes without reason, and some animations look clunky. But all in all, the graphics are enough to get you through the adventure with a good mood. The game takes place in 1964, so, everything is detailed to that year, and man, they do a terrific job. There are some touches that are really good, like in the first level, you are traveling on a train, and the view is beautiful. You can see the details on the other side of the window, and those little details are a good and great touch to be in a game. You can tell easily that the devs put some work on those details.

Although, even with those little touches, if you are a HD maniac, maybe you`ll find a bit of displeasure on the game`s graphics, but don`t let that consume you.

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SOUND / MUSIC / FX
As I said earlier, the game has a shymphonic soundtrack that really fits the mood. There was no moment when playing this game, that the music felt out of place. It has a good musical score.

The sound effects are nice and well placed, you`ll find plenty of good and pleasant sounds on this game.

But the topping on the cake, is the voice acting. That`s right. This game has been known for it`s good voice acting, and oh man, does it have it!!! This is one of the best I have heard in a long, long time, and let me tell you, I have been around even before the days of Resident Evil 1 legendary voice actors... So I can tell you about good and bad (or terrible!!) voice acting. This game has an exquisite voice acting, really, you`ll find it astonishingly entertaining and well done. I played the majority of the game with headphones, and you should too.

VEREDICT / SPECIAL MEDALS

So!! We have come to the end of this quick review. You may ask, special medals? What are those? Okay. Here in The Game Master, we review games and award Special Medals only to those games that transcend time and generations. The medals are Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, but again, they are only awarded to legendary and great games.

Sadly, The Raven: Remastered doesn`t get any medal this time, but that doesn`mean it`s a bad game!!!



Okay, so, is this game worth it or not?... Really? You still have doubts?

If you are a fan of the genre, or do you like to read books about mistery and murder, don`t wait a single minute. It`s one of the best games the Nintendo Switch has to offer about puzzle, misteries, crimes and storytelling. Really. To be honest, in some places it felt like a audio / interactive book to me. It has quality and is guaranteed to give you the fair amount of content of what you expect to receive for the price.

If you are not a fan of the genre, then you may want to skip this one because it is especially and heavily dedicated to those who love all of this adventure / point and click / noir / mistery world. But if you like those topics like me, then, go! just take your Switch and buy it, and get ready to experiment one of the best adventures you have at your reach on home, or on the go!


SPECIAL MEDAL: None

The Raven: Remastered
Final Game Master Rating: 7.5 GOOD!

Thank you for visiting my review!
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Verdict
Pros
+ -Good ambiance.
+ -Great storytelling and plot twists.
+ -Good puzzles.
+ -Some unlockables.
+ -Fair graphics and details.
+ -The audio and especially the voice acting are exquisite.
Cons
- -Load times are a bit long.
- -Is just a one time through adventure.
- -Little pricey
- -A couple puzzles are a bit overstretched.
7 Presentation
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7 Gameplay
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7 Lasting Appeal
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7.5
out of 10
Overall (not an average)
Good game with great quality!


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