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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Nordic Games
Developed By: KING Art
Genre: Adventure
Players: 1
Rated: T for Teen (Language, Mild Blood, Use of Alcohol, Violence)
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Screenshots: Link
Price: $29.99 (PS3)
Written By: Marcus Prunty








February 4, 2014 - You never know what youíre going to get when you have a whodunit crime adventure; especially when you mix in elements from the point ní click genre. Telltale Games has single handily revived this genre through releases like Back to the Future: The Game and The Walking Dead series. With more and more people interested in this style of play, other developers are trying to capitalize on the genre; only to be met with mix results. Enter the fine folks at KING Art; best known for the PC exclusive The Book of Unwritten Tales. Their latest published title comes to the PS3 console as The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief. While the Legacy of a Master Thief taps into its roots and similar experiences, it doesnít quite live up to the experiences we have been privy to within the past year.

Games begin with a robbery at a museum as a precious gem is stolen. Newspapers are thinking itís the return of The Raven; this legendary criminal who was revered for his daring and cunning crimes, often enough making investigators scratch their heads on how he done it. This stolen gem is part of a set that makes up the Eye of the Sphinx which is making its way to Egypt for a big exhibit. You play as Anton Jakob Zellner; a policeman from Switzerland whoís looking to make a name for himself in the latter years of his career. He hears about the crime and wants to help catch the Raven; who most of the game, doesnít believe he [The Raven] is committing these crimes due to the change in motive operandi. Aboard the Orient Express, he makes his way towards Venice solving minor crimes aboard the train. For instance the theft of the Baroness purse, finding a way to break into the Professors locked compartment; all the while learning more about the crime and aiding the people looking for the Raven.



You will travel to Cairo as your ultimate destination hopping from the Orient Express to a cruise ship before you finally reach your destination. Someone will attempt to blow you up, you will be knocked unconscious by a pipe, and even drugged; there will be dead bodies cropping up as the intrigue builds. The usual twists and turns that you come to expect from a crime mystery game are apparent and usually take place at the end of each of the 3 episodes in the game almost like cliffhangers. The plot is pretty good and the ending is a major twist and definitely the best part of this game. The backgrounds and scenery are pretty well done and help immerse you in the game. The layout of the train and visuals are pretty good and compliment the plot well as you have to interact with the environment as youíre searching for clues.

Unfortunately the story and backgrounds arenít all of the game and the rest is where the game falls a bit flat on its face. The characters in the game move a bit robotic and stiff and often enough the voiceover is out of sync with the mouth movements. When youíre controlling a character and searching for clues, you will find it next to impossible to walk straight. The camera gets in the way and you will have to turn the character several times to be able to search or examine items. The loading screens donít load all the way at times and itís possible to get stuck in place and not able to move. I had to back out at least 2 or 3 times cause my character just kept turning around in a circle. The controls for this game are horrible; the best parts of the game seem to be when you donít have to move and just click the button and or watch a cutscene as another character talks to you. The controls donít make the game unplayable but do hurt the experience.



Another downfall of this game but isnít specific to just this game is glitch trophies; namely the Criminal Investigation trophy. If youíre a trophy hunter you will look at the trophy list and know this should be an easy Platinum for your collection, however this trophy is so glitched I had to use google and a trophy guide just to attempt to get it and I failed at getting it at least 3 times before I finally got it. This is a minor annoyance that you would hope developers would patch and fix it but guess they didnít figure it was that big a deal.

The game is pretty simple as none of the puzzles or clues will ever get you stuck and if they do, thereís your notebook to look through as well as a hint system that will help you. You will like the story and that will help move you through the game and past the sucky controls because you will be interested in finding out whether it was The Raven or a simply copycat committing these crimes. The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief is worth a play and a buy at a discounted price if you like point and clicks and murder mysteries.

5/
10

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