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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered is a downloadable adventure that's a remake of a 2005 title. This game is definitely not for kids, and even some adults may be uncomfortable with some of the gameplay. It's a game about a man who discovers he has supernatural abilities after being possessed by a cult to commit a murder, and unraveling all the mysteries behind these actions. Expect a wide variety of adult situations, from complicated breakups to tense sibling relations to sexual situations. There's loads of coarse language, with "s--t," "f--k," and other words frequently used in dialogue.
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What's it about?
FAHRENHEIT: INDIGO PROPHECY REMASTERED places you in direct control of several characters, from murder suspect Lucas Kane to the police officers trying to apprehend him. This makes for an interesting dynamic, as there are many moments when you can intentionally make things more challenging for one side based on the actions you conduct on the other. It's not a spoiler, since it's clear from the very beginning: Lucas was possessed by something not under his control nor comprehension when he commits the murder that kicks off the game. Technically speaking, he's innocent. So, situations like this raise many ethical obstacle courses to navigate: Do you intentionally file a police sketch that looks nothing like the suspect? Do you, as Lucas, opt not to rescue a drowning child because there are authorities nearby who may recognize and apprehend you? The game is packed with loads of tense decisions such as these, as things get progressively more surreal.
Is it any good?
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered is a bit of a frustrating mess. During review, it was routinely plagued by strange camera issues (the camera seemed to be overly focused on the ground in many scenes, which was disorienting), chugging frame rates that slowed down gameplay, and crashes. But if you move past the technical problems, what's left is an interesting, though dated, game from 2005 that aspires to do something different. It positions itself as an "interactive movie," with multiple scenes that can play out in any number of ways based on your choices. Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered is worth checking out because it toys with how games should flow and its creative spirit, and it showcases experimental, intriguing storytelling.
If you're willing to overlook clunky writing and go with the experience, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered will reward you with a very strange game. There are wandering monologues, cheesy lines, and stilted acting. Really, this game is the equivalent of a schlocky B-movie that winks to its audience in the subtlest of ways. But Indigo doesn't know it's winking; it just plays the cheesiness as hard as it can. It sounds like harsh criticism, but it's actually praise, because although its set pieces and writing may not be in on the joke, the game becomes entertaining and interesting in spite of itself. Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered is a mixed bag but one still worth picking up and playing through.
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