Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today (Hands-On) (PC) Preview

By Thom Compton 17.04.2015 1

Review for Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today (Hands-On) on PC

Fictiorama Studios offers up an interesting take of the apocalypse, filled to the brim with everything that showcases fear and desperation in people. Though it isn't without its flaws, it strings an interesting tale together. Before it gets its full breakdown, it's time to look briefly at the bleak and dreary landscape that is Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today.

Dead Synchronicity is a very beautiful looking title, exuding a minimalist art style that paints its characters as fully realised, though missing many of the frills that come with jaw lines and realistic hair. This is hardly a bad thing. It gives the game a very unique and profoundly absent feel. It's hard to feel any attachment to the people or the place that surrounds Michael as he ventures into this horrifying wasteland of human depravity.

The best apocalypses persevere not because the zombies chase down people, eating through them. Nor is it the idea that demons will ravage and tear humans apart, along with their loved ones. It's the idea that humans are, by and large, more evil than their creativity can ever show in film and books. To this effect, Dead Synchronicity paints a world that is littered with the worst dredges of human kind. It is sublimely well told, and a most interesting tale to boot, although navigating it makes it seem better fit for another medium, not video games.

Dialogue trees frequently litter the story, though they don't appear to lead anywhere. Instead, the game expects every piece of the narrative to be explored. This ensures a feeling of full exploration, but not one the player can claim as their own. It doesn't offer anything unique about the exploration that would lead to "Did you watch that one part?" types of conversation. If the goal is to allow each player a new and distinct experience, this goal is soulfully missed.

Screenshot for Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today (Hands-On) on PC

Even when the dialogue is kept to a steady flow of maybe an option or two, it runs the gambit from tepidly boring to dreadfully overacted. The audio quality would lead one to believe that it had been recorded on a smartphone in a bedroom. One character, Rose, defies this by being both intriguing and perplexing, but other than her, very few characters stand out as anything other than over dramatic and a hyperbole of what the vision for them had been.

Gameplay-wise, it is what it is. It follows the kind of pick-up-and-use mentality on items point-and-clicks have used for years. Innovation shouldn't always be a goal, and if being actively searched for, this falls short of presenting the player with a new experience. This game is clearly about the story, and the gameplay is just a vessel to deliver to that.

Puzzles tend to lead more to the obtuse, though moments of elation can arrive as a difficult puzzle is finally cracked. The feeling of overcoming a puzzle can also provide a well-earned "Gah!" as the answer was just too obscure to enjoy. This, as has become the basic flow with Dead Synchronicity, is an example of doing it right, or doing it wrong. There isn't much medium in the game, and it makes exploring the well-designed story very cumbersome.

Screenshot for Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today (Hands-On) on PC

Final Thoughts

Absolutely. Dead Synchronicity offers a genuinely unique tale, even if it stalls frequently from subpar voice acting and bizarrely absurd puzzles. It's currently in beta, and seeing some of these issues fixed would present a fascinating, post-apocalyptic nightmare that offers a very fresh take on the genre. The art is fantastic, and the dialogue, when not littered with over dramatised diatribes from the various people Michael encounters on his way, is engaging and truly mystifying. It would be a shame to not see this game explored, despite its flaws, as it offers a tale unique to itself.

Developer

Fictiorama Studios

Publisher

Daedalic

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

Thanks for the preview, Thom! I finished this yesterday and the game really grew on me. At first it was style over substance, but as I became more accustomed to the way it played, the puzzles started to become a bit more logical. That might put some off, though, having to change their mindset to suit the game...but it finished with me really looking forward to the next part. Sadly, the team hasn't put a date on when the next edition will arrive...

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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