A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game's stories focus on serial murders, corruption, and the occasional idolization of anti-heros and criminals.
Positive Role Models
Nearly all the characters are flawed to varying degrees. Players spend most of the game either uncovering the disturbing secrets of others or reflecting on their own issues.
Ease of Play
It's a point-and-click-style adventure with basic controls, but user interface still feels clunky and unintuitive. Various puzzles aren't necessarily difficult, but most feel like unnecessary obstacles that don't make much sense in the story flow. Finally, players don't get to see the results of some choices until much later in the plot, forcing replays of large chunks to achieve different results.
Violence & Scariness
Although most of the story unfolds via a series of still shots, there are plenty of disturbing and violent images, including characters getting shot in the head or having their throats slashed, and lots of shots of corpses lying in pools of blood. Reference to suicides.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity but lots of sexual references, including voyeuristic video of a woman in her apartment, and lines of dialogue relating to sexual activity.
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Dialogue makes frequent use of strong profanity, such as "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Silver Case 2425 is a dystopian, visual, novel-style adventure game for Nintendo Switch. The game is a collection of the remastered versions of both The Silver Case and The 25th Ward: The Silver Case, previously released individually on the PlayStation 4 and on Windows-based PCs. Players solve puzzles, follow clues, and make plot choices while trying to uncover the truth behind a series of brutal murders. While the story is mostly presented in a series of still shots, there are lots of depictions of graphic violence. The game's dialogue also makes frequent use of strong profanity, as well as multiple sexual references and innuendo.
Is It Any Good?
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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