My immediate impression is that this is amazing. I was a non-vocal art critic (mostly), but this won me over immediately. It’s probably going too far to say this, but spline in adventure games might be the tech the genre needed to not “die” in the headlines every few years.
Metacritic has 88% Steam and 84% Switch so far. Some reviews gush over the art or say it won them over, but IGN does call it an “acquired taste”, so that’s something.
I’m a little relieved that it hasn’t been an overwhelming wave of positivity or negativity, so far. I’d like both Ron and Rex to walk away from this with high satisfaction and self esteem… but to please not do another MI again, please.
I wish it felt like MI. I’m 3h in. None of the below is spoiler, but I just don’t like it so far and this is for the sensitive people.
It’s not even a bit eerie or spooky like the first 2 parts. It’s annoyingly cheery. Despite this, it seems to have that depressing motif of the world moving on, which I think is similar to Escape. Barely any hot spots to discover, everything seems dumbed down and in your face. Occasionally there’s something funny but I’m not having fun, really. One thing that is kind of funny, due to the art style, it’s always a guess if a character turns out to be a man or a woman (unless he has a beard), which may be considered progressive I suppose.
So far it’s a let down, not even comparing to MI, but mostly to TWP. It’s like kids game full of references to something they will never get.
Obviously I will continue to play and hope it will catch on.