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The Silver Case 2425

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent, hard-to-follow whodunit is best left unsolved.

Game Nintendo Switch 2021
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If there's one thing that can be said about game director SUDA51, it's that his games are unquestionably unique, but they can be too avant-garde and for specialized tastes. All of which is a nice way of saying that The Silver Case 2425 misses the mark for all but the most hard-core of SUDA51 fans. The game collects the remastered/remade versions of The Silver Case and its sequel, The 25th Ward. And yet, despite their more modern upgrades, both games can't help but feel dated and dull. Navigating through the volumes of texts and still pictures feels like reading a comic book, but a comic that's mind-numbingly boring.

The gritty dystopian world never really gels together, and the murders that players are forced to investigate oftentimes wind up feeling more like filler than anything connecting to the main story. In fact, the overall plot is scattershot and confusing. But it's something players still need to try to keep close track of, because a meaningless throwaway line or other apparent red herring will turn out to be some sort of vital information players are expected to remember late in the game. And if they don't, well, that means having to restart from a save point that they've hopefully created earlier. The end result is a frustrating, confusing game that only the most dedicated SUDA51 or mystery fan will stick with.

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