Face Noir Review (PC)
Are you usually melancholic, slightly depressed sort of person? Are you usually listening to sort of moody, slow jazz? Then the new Face Noir is a game for you! You may also like it if you simply enjoying finding clues and taking your time while you challenge (a little) your grey matter. So if you are a usually neurotic kind of guy/girl – stay away from the game!
The new Face Noir is a typical game for the noir genre with the dark muted colours, melancholy soft music, the rain, the night… you get the picture. All of this is set in 1934 during the Great Depression in New York and you play a private investigator, an immigrant italian called Jack Del Nero. As you drink your regular whiskey in your regular joint you get a job, but soon after an anonymous call in the middle of the night you find yourself accused of murder.
The controls are something that really annoyed me though. You have the usual click to look at things but in order to interact with objects you need to right click first to change the mode from observation to interaction and then left click to do the action. And for a game that relies on looking and picking things, there is a lot of clicking and every object you want to investigate you have to click once to look at it, then another click on change mode and then another one to interact. To use an object from your inventory, you need to middle click, then click on the object to select it, then right click on the object to choose to use it then click on the object in the game with which you want to use the one from your inventory! OK, you get the picture, it is a lot of clicking and not just any clicking, left, left, right, left, right, middle, left, right until you get very confused and you fingers hurt!
There are also some things that not many will notice, but for me it was an eye sore. For example, you are in a poor part of New York, in a run down (or very soon to be) pub and yet you have a radio there that has FM! This is just a year after FM was invented! And on top of that you actually manage to pick up a channel on FM! The game is set six years before any commercial channels were broadcasting in FM.
The gameplay is quite linear and a lot of the time frustrating. Sometimes you see an obvious next step, but until you get all the clues and steps on the way, you can’t do the step!
OK, rant over! Now the good stuff: The game has beautiful graphics and great music (if you like soft slow jazz like me). The dialogues are usually in close up view and with great voices. There is a nice touch when you have to come up with a new idea, it shows on the screen the main facts you have learnt so you can combine them, however, you can only combine two.
Overall, a nice game, typical of this type, some good time spent but nothing exceptional to remember after a while.
4 left, right and middle clicks out of 5Face Noir Review (PC),