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Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 1: The Hangman

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WindowsAlternative Magazine Online
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – Episode 1: The Hangman is only a taste of what’s to come and as a result it inevitably ends on a cliffhanger. The interface can be frustrating at times, the graphics can be glitchy and the load times are slightly too long between screens… but none of that should impact your enjoyment too much. Jane Jensen’s Gray Matter was an incredibly underrated game and in many ways this feels like its spiritual successor. This is a good old-fashioned adventure game like they used to make, offering a fresh twist on the cop drama, with production values that rival the big names in adventure gaming at the moment such as Telltale Games. It isn’t perfect, but in terms of enjoyment it comes damn close for a first episode. Erica Reed desperately needs your help – take her hand and see what happens.
WindowsAdventure Classic Gaming
In all, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 1: The Hangman is a promising start to a new series and is completely worthy of playing. It takes a different slant on the realm of detective fiction and features a strong female lead in a subgenre that is typically dominated by male characters. Erica is a heroine in her own right and is not portrayed with any preset stereotypes. Overall, if you are seeking an adventure game with stylish graphics and an intriguing story and are not turned off by adult dialogs and imaginaries, what a great way it is to start with this debut title from Phoenix Online Studios.
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Ja, Cognition hat was. Man merkt dem Entwickler an, dass er seit den Silver Lining-Gratisspielen zwei Schippen draufgelegt hat. Die Kognitionsfähigkeit als Kernelement des Gameplays passt. Es macht Spaß, die Spezialfähigkeiten der Heldin einzusetzen, um Licht ins Dunkel der Ermittlungen zu bringen. Aber so spannend die Story um den Serienkiller auch ist, so sehr hauen unnötige Laufwege und Mausklicks durch die unkomfortable Steuerung immer wieder die Spielflussbremse rein. The Hangman ist ein gelungener Serienauftakt, bietet für The Wise Monkey, die nächste der ingesamt vier Episoden (Release im Januar), aber noch genügend Raum für Verbesserungen.
Visst kunde Cognitions första episod ha varit bättre men det är redan nu tillräckligt bra för att inta en hög position bland nutida äventyrsspel. Visst drar en del pussel ned betyget ytterligare men kom då också ihåg att detta är genrens stora Graal. Betydligt bättre peka/klicka-spel än Cognition har fått kritik för sina pussel och problem. Spelets atmosfär och handling är dock dess allra största behållning och självklart lockar det att spela nästa del. För i sann episod-anda slutar Cognitions första episod självklart med en rejäl ”cliffhanger”.