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The Fall review

I’m sure many of you (or none at all, might just be me) have sat and wondered how Cortana felt, watching helplessly as Master Chief lost health during his battles with the Covenant… Or wondered just what was going through HAL’s head in 2001: A Space Odyssey… Is The Fall the game to help you understand from an AI’s point of view? I think so!

The Fall, developed by Over The Moon Games, and funded purely by a very successful Kickstarter campaign, puts you in the shoes of the enduring ARID, and artificial intelligence onboard a futuristic space suit.

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As The Fall starts, you find yourself plummeting to the ground of an unknown planet, in an unknown sector of the galaxy… As you awake, ARID boots up and starts her scan. It is through this initial introduction that you are first exposed to the game’s excellent art style. Mixing dark and atmospheric backgrounds with a bright and intriguing character, the style is rather reminiscent of Limbo, and Flashback… Simple, yet beautiful. The menu system is styled much like an old mainframe computer. Chunky text, and minimal furniture. It is with this set of menus that you unlock abilities as you progress through the game, helping ARID with her primary objective.

It is through the inclusion of basic rules and protocols, based on Isaac Asimov’s Rules of Robotics,  that ARID must obey, which presents the biggest challenge to her. Does she disobey the rules to save her pilot, or does she abide by them, and risk him dying? Does she risk the life of the pilot she is sworn to protect to escape, or risk her own life for his?

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After ARID’s initial scan, she realises that the pilot of her suit is not responding. Assured that he is still alive, yet critical, ARID sets off to find medical assistance. Of course, being on an unknown planet, she doesn’t know where to start.

Using the classic side-scrolling platformer mechanic, you traverse through the levels section by section, using your torch as guidance, using your torch to discover clues in the environment, and picking up items to use along the way. I felt that the controls were a little finicky at times… Because you use the left analogue stick to move, and the right to aim, if you’re not quite precise, you would either find yourself missing a key item to interact with, or dying as a result of not being quite accurate enough.

The puzzle element of The Fall is clever, yet frustrating at times. Much like titles such as Broken Sword and Monkey Island, you must complete little challenges to progress the story. Without giving too much away, these can be solved using beakers to collect liquids, or an old robotic arm to access a control panel. Each puzzle is well thought out and many of the solutions are frustratingly simple to solve.

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It is through these challenges that ARID discovers that she is in fact trapped in an AI depurposing facility, through which she must escape by completing the challenges thrust upon her, or risk her pilot not surviving.

Along with the tantalising puzzles ARID must complete, she is also under fire from other AI within the facility, tasked with her destruction due to her inability to accept the rules. Her objective is to save her pilot, without regard to the consequences…

The mix of platform/puzzle/adventure really appeals to me, I have been a fan of this type of game for some time, and overall I feel that The Fall is a tight, well-oiled title, and I would certainly welcome the rumoured sequels (that’s right, sequels!) It plays well on Asimov’s Basic Rules of Robotics, making you think of how to react to the challenges you face.

Next time you are in control of Master Chief, take a moment to think how Cortana could be reacting to your actions.

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The Fall is out on July 14 for Xbox One.

 

We’re Over The Moon to see The Fall

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Over The Moon Games have finally revealed the release date for their potential Flashback-buster, The Fall.

The game sees you take control of ARID, the AI on a futuristic combat suit. Your human pilot has been injured and their life hangs by a thread inside. ARID must take control of the suit and find medical help, but her rigid rules and protocols soon become her own worst enemy.

Lead developer and founder of Over The Moon, John Warner said;

At Over The Moon, we have a lot of fun playing with ideas and wanted The Fall to communicate some really good ones. Great films communicate ideas using a series of visual tools, but what can we do with the added interactivity in games? The Fall is our first answer to that question. Our goal is to create challenges that cause the player to think in specific ways to overcome them.

The game narrative is hitting nerves around the gaming community and it has already seen awards from the likes of Giant Bomb for it’s storyline.

You won’t have to wait long for The Fall. It is scheduled to hit the Xbox One on the 14th of July.

The Fall coming to Xbox One

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Do you remember the reboot of the excellent Amiga game, Flashback on the Xbox 360? Canadian developer Over The Moon Games have announced a game that might just, hopefully, be the game that I hoped the Flashback reboot could’ve been.

Titled, The Fall, this sees ARID, an artificial intelligence, battle to seek medical attention for a combat suit’s current human occupant. During the course of this, she struggles to assess her relationship with her various protocols and come to terms with her self. Ultimately, will you conform or stay true to your primary directive?

The Fall promises to mix platform, puzzle and action set in an atmospheric, dark and distant sci-fi universe. I’m looking forward to seeing what this might be like and it should be coming to the Xbox One this spring.

Ryse: Son of Rome – The Fall Episode 1 Released

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To prepare for the release of Rome: Son of Rome for Xbox One on November 22nd, Microsoft have teamed with Machinma to produce a new web series called  The Fall. Episode 1 of this live action series has been released today.

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Roman soldier Marius Titus’ story is put into motion as his world is shattered by the tragic death of his family at the hands of barbarians.