Parents' Guide to

Get Even

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Psychological thriller has violent gun sequences.

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This psychological thriller would've been more compelling if it was designed purely as a first-person narrative adventure free of stealth and combat sequences. The story is terrific, thoughtfully exploring the difficult subject of human memory and how it works while playing on the notion of recollections being fallible to weave a sophisticated series of narrative zigzags that will continue to shock most players right up until the final scene. The visual presentation is oddly dated but easily overlooked thanks to a bold and experimental score that sets a uniquely unsettling mood, plus splendid voice acting that breathes life into several of the key characters, letting players feel their emotions.

Unfortunately, the action isn't a match for the story. More specifically, it doesn't fit the story. The sequences in which players must use stealth or guns to progress (rather than solve puzzles and find clues) feel as though they were added simply to give the game a more traditional first-person shooter feel and make the game more marketable. The stealth is frustratingly awkward, and the gunplay generic. Neither serve to enhance the feeling of mystery or dread, but instead simply act as frustrating hurdles that need to be overcome to get back to what the game does best, which is knitting a thrilling, chilling, surprise-laden story that may well leave you questioning the truth of your own memories.

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