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Knee Deep Review

May 24th, 2017 by

Kneedeep 001Knee Deep is… weird… It’s presented as a play, on a huge revolving stage with a small cast and a lot of intrigue. Set in the Florida town of Cypress Knee the game centres around 3 characters, A blogger on her last chance, Ramona Teague, A beleaguered local hack, Jack Bellet and Suicidal ex-cop turned Private investigator K.C. Gaddis.

In Knee Deep, North Carolina’s Prologue studios weave a noir thriller / murder mystery revolving around the suspicious death of a fading actor belonging to a religion (cult) that bears more than a few similarities to Scientology… WHODUNIT?! (that’s not a spoiler, trust me) As the story progresses we find out our 3 protagonists all have something to do with the deceased, or at least those close to him. factor in shady housing deals, casual racism and deciding what tone your posts take and you’re close to having this game in a nutshell. For all the intrigue the story has however, the game itself feels unsatisfying.

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The voice acting is great, and there are a lot of familiar voices from other games, but the graphics, perhaps aided by being dark (this is a ‘noir’ after all) are very dated, think of a close up of your SIM from sims 2 and you’re on the right track.

I think my largest criticism of Knee Deep is that it isn’t a game. it’s more like a playable create your own adventure book from back in the day. I happened to have watched BIG while playing this game for review and could not help but feel like I was playing what Josh was trying to pitch to the toy company with his interactive comic, there was no dynamism, you chose a dialogue option, you then click ok, rinse, repeat. Some would say that it’s similar to TellTale Games but that would be doing TellTale a disservice on a lot of levels.

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I struggled to continue playing this one just down to how infuriating it became to choose dialogue and then click continue over and over and over again.

I can’t really give this one a good rating and I really can’t recommend.

Midlife Gamer Rating: 5/10     Format:  Steam / PlayStation 4 / Xbox One      Release Date: Out Now

Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a review copy of  Knee Deep for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of  four days . For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.

 

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