Adventure Games

Overclocked: A History of Violence

  • Review Date: 2014-02
  • Release Date: 2008-04
  • Developer: House of Tales
  • Rating: 6.5

Overclocked is more a cinematic adventure than puzzle solving adventure. Sometimes you feel like you're just watching a movie and doing the most basic of puzzles to get to the next cinematic. The story involves a Psychiatrist as he attempts to unravel what happened to five teenagers after they're found amnesiac and weilding weapons in NYC. It's a well told story and certainly Overclocked's main feature, although I must admit it was pretty clear how it was going to all unravel before even the halfway point of the game. The story of the teens is told in scraps of memories of under hypnosis, played in reverse, as you play as each character. It had to be done reverse otherwise you'd know the full story right from the beginning. It also gets very tiring having to playback recordings over and over again to get the patients to remember things.

The game has a good sense of atmosphere, with music just chilling enough throughout. Having the graphics aren't spectacular, and you'll have seen most of the areas of the game fairly early on. Also it would be nice to skip sentences without skipping the entire dialogue tree. But overall, this one's about story, which it suceeds nicely at.