Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:30

REVIEW: The 25th Ward: The Silver Case (Playstation 4)

Written by Keith Dang
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This game is a sequel to The Silver Case and is set 4 years after the events of the Silver Case. The story takes place in a planned community in Japan for the upper high class people to live where residents are chosen that have no criminal history to live so there is no crime. The game is set around three different stories and revolve around the people that are responsible for holding up the Law. They all seem to be part of the Heinous Crime Unit.

The gameplay is pretty much a graphic novel style of storytelling where everything is told though text and still photos. You can’t really proceed without doing everything available in the area you are in and it involves a lot of reading, picking up clues, passwords and that odd bit of information that will help you solve a puzzle.

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There isn't really much in the way of gameplay in certain areas and you are only given a 3 dimensional triangle in the bottom right hand corner with options such as talk, look and item. Sometimes the option is blocked out because you can’t use that one in that area and until you've collected all the info you need, they will just repeat the last text dialog over and over again. Though, in some instances you can ask the person you're talking too questions, but these questions are often limited. You are unable to die or fail in this game and if you do a puzzle wrong you simply have to repeat it. As a graphic novel you can expect this game to be pretty much a liner game and only go in the direction it tells you to go.

Graphically, it’s pretty boring, though the still art work is sometimes really well done and they use the colours well. It’s mainly all black and white but they add the occasional colour in there to amazing effect. The sounds effects consist mainly of moody beats and eerily haunting melodies. There is no spoken dialog, all the dialog is in text boxes.

This game might only appeal to certain people that like graphic novel type games and enjoys a lot of reading. It does have a few twist and turns and the pictures I found are really well done, I’m just more into games with a lot more action.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4
  • Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
  • Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software, Genki
  • Genre: Adventure