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Still Life

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82
4.0
Xbox
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3.8

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A great horror/drama!! Windows Twilightseer (252)
Nice adventure/horror game... but leaves many things unsolved Windows Christian Munive (6)
Good story, OK game. Xbox Parf (7317)
Good but not great Windows piltdown_man (76908)

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Windows 53 4.0
Xbox 14 3.8
Combined MobyScore 67 3.9


The Press Says

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100
WindowsAdventurespiele
Wer es gruselig mag, den erwartet mit Still life ein spannungsgeladener Thriller. Zwei Mordserien, die 60 Jahre auseinander liegen und scheinbar in Zusammenhang stehen, wurden in ein Story verpackt und mit schaurigen Szenen und knackigen Rätseln versehen.
100
WindowsPlayback
Aby nie męczyć Czytelników powielonymi sloganami stwierdzić należy, że pieniądze wydane na omawianą grę są ze wszechmiar sensowną inwestycją i Godną Polecenia każdemu Rasowemu Graczowi! Osobiście ciekaw jestem, co teraz Benoit Sokal i Microids Nam zaserwują, aby Nas olśnić. Jak znam Życie, to jest niemal pewne, że tak się stanie?!
100
WindowsAdventure Classic Gaming
Game fans who love Post Mortem should enjoy Still Life. Even if you have not played Post Mortem before, you should find this game equally enjoyable. The challenging puzzles, the adrenalin rhythm, and the beautiful presentation all make Still life a mesmerizing experience.
100
WindowsJust Adventure
Even knowing the ending of this magnificent game beforehand, I wouldn’t hesitate to play it, and I don’t hesitate to recommend it. Anyone who loves a mystery and has an investigative mind will get many hours of pleasure from Still Life. You may even find a few more of them after the game is finished, as you continue to turn the possibilities over in your own mind. The great thing about an ending that leaves a few openings is that it leaves you free to find your own answers. Of course, I’m sure I’m the only one who’s come up with the right ones.
91
Windows2404.org PC Gaming
As an interactive movie type of experience, this game is easily the best I have played since the Longest Journey, which was the best adventure game that I had ever played. The way the game flows between Victoria and the flashback sequences, when the player takes over as Gus MacPherson, is very well done. The scenes advance the story amazingly well and connect two seemingly unrelated cases which are separated by decades.
90
WindowsAdventures - Kompakt
"Still Life" ist ein Top Adventure. Mit guten Gewissen kann ich das Spiel allen Freunden von Adventure - Spielen ans Herz legen. Die Atmosphäre, die Grafik und der Sound arbeiten sehr gut zusammen und ergänzen sich perfekt. Auch das Rätseldesign ist bis auf einige Ausnahmen sehr gut ausbalanciert und rundet das Spiel ab. Da man durch die Special Edition das Spiel auch mit englischer Sprachausgabe spielen kann ist es somit möglich kleinere Schwächen in der deutschen Synchronisation aus dem Wege zu gehen. "Still Life" ist ein Spiel, welche die Sonderauflage "Special Edition" auf alle Fälle verdient hat und in keiner Adventure Sammlung fehlen sollte!!!!!
90
WindowsPlayback
Still Life jest dla mnie obecnie, (choć zaznaczam, że nie grałem jeszcze w Fahrenheita) najlepszą grą przygodową roku 2005. Spora zasługa w tym DOSKONAŁEJ polonizacji (kawał dobrej roboty, oby tak dalej!), ale też misternej intrygi i faktu, że takich gier na rynku jest bardzo mało. Polecam każdemu, Still Life wciągnie Was na dłuuugie godziny. A za cenę 30 złotych, tym bardziej warto dać przygodom panny McPherson szansę!
90
WindowsAdventure Gamers
With Still Life, there are the few inevitable flaws — there always are even in the best of games. But if it isn't an instant classic, it is nipping at the heels of the all-time greats. Regrets? The only downside to this game is that it represents the last creative effort of the Canadian design team that used to be the heart and soul of Microïds. Still, if there had to be a final curtain call, this is what you would like to leave behind. Let the applause continue on after the lights have all been turned out. What a great game.
90
WindowsUHS (Universal Hint System)
Excellent graphics, well-developed 3D character animations, good integration of puzzles with story, and a superb story development easily overcome one or two mildly tedious puzzles, and a disappointing (and confusing) story ending.
88
XboxGamingTrend
Still Life contains the major elements that make a good adventure game, a good story and intriguing puzzles. While the game might be a bit simple for some, veteran gamers will still enjoy the deep story contained within Still Life. The price is right, and the production values are excellent. Still Life is a great game for those who are looking for an adventure. Just be warned, the game is rated Mature, and it earns that rating with the language and the gruesome crime scenes.
88
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Still Life brengt je de gruwel van Se7en en de sfeer van de beste thriller, maar dan één waar jij de touwtjes in handen hebt.
85
WindowsneXGam
Um den Spaß am Spiel auch nach dem Lösen des Falles aufrecht zu erhalten, können sich Hobbydetektive auf der offiziellen Webseite drei weiteren virtuellen Herausforderungen an den bekannten Orten stellen. Bei dem gelungenen Gesamtergebnis des Spiels ist es schon fast schade berichten zu müssen, daß das Entwicklerstudio kürzlich seine Türen geschlossen hat und die meisten der Mitarbeiter mittlerweile bei Ubisoft in Montreal angeheuert haben. Persönlich hätte ich mir weitere Titel dieser gelungenen Arbeit gewünscht. Adventure-Fans und Freunde von packenden Filmen ala „Sieben sollten sich dieses Stück Software nicht entgehen lassen. Aber auch Einsteiger werden hier sicherlich auf Ihre Kosten kommen. Vergesst nicht auch einen Blick auf die zusätzlichen Screenshots sowie auf die zwei kleinen Tipps hinter dem Cheat-Button zu werfen. Es lohnt sich!
85
XboxPGNx Media
The Adventure Company and Microids are veterans in this genre, and their expertise comes though with the game. Still Life is generally enjoyable, with good quality puzzles and an excellent atmosphere. Still Life doesn’t venture far from the typical adventure formula but for what it is, the game is commendable.
85
XboxAdventure Corner
Mit 'Still Life' hat Microïds hier ein absolutes Top-Adventure abgeliefert, dass trotz seiner offensichtlichen Schwächen dennoch zu begeistern weiß. Story und Atmosphäre, unterstrichen durch traumhaft designte Locations können von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute begeistern und lassen über das stellenweise mangelhaftes Rätseldesign hinweg sehen. Trotz des linearen Ablaufs hat 'Still Life' übrigens einen erstaunlich hohen Wiederspielbarkeitswert, betrachtet man nämlich gewisse Hinweise mit dem Wissen um den Ausgang. Schade und ziemlich ärgerlich ist allerdings das Ende, das nur allzu sehr auf eine Fortsetzung ausgelegt ist. Ob daraus allerdings etwas wird, bleibt angesichts der strukturellen Veränderungen bei Microïds mehr als fragwürdig und so bleiben viele Fragen wohl offen. Nichtsdestotrotz ist 'Still Life' bisher jedoch der absolute Top-Titel diesen Jahres.
85
WindowsAdventure Corner
Mit 'Still Life' hat Microïds hier ein absolutes Top-Adventure abgeliefert, dass trotz seiner offensichtlichen Schwächen dennoch zu begeistern weiß. Story und Atmosphäre, unterstrichen durch traumhaft designte Locations können von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute begeistern und lassen über das stellenweise mangelhaftes Rätseldesign hinweg sehen. Trotz des linearen Ablaufs hat 'Still Life' übrigens einen erstaunlich hohen Wiederspielbarkeitswert, betrachtet man nämlich gewisse Hinweise mit dem Wissen um den Ausgang. Schade und ziemlich ärgerlich ist allerdings das Ende, das nur allzu sehr auf eine Fortsetzung ausgelegt ist. Ob daraus allerdings etwas wird, bleibt angesichts der strukturellen Veränderungen bei Microïds mehr als fragwürdig und so bleiben viele Fragen wohl offen. Nichtsdestotrotz ist 'Still Life' bisher jedoch der absolute Top-Titel diesen Jahres.
85
WindowsPGNx Media
Microids adds another entry to the otherwise stagnant adventure genre. Microids and The Adventure Company have been taking care of adventure fans for a while now, and thankfully, the fruits of their efforts have been good games. Still Life is such an entry that will certainly appeal to adventure fans, though the game surely won’t change the opinion of those that don’t particularly fancy the genre.
84
WindowsGameguru Mania
Overall, this is a hugely atmospheric, hugely enjoyable, logical and absorbing adventure game for grown-ups. If you had played Syberia 1 and 2 and loved them don't think, buy it.
84
WindowsGame Over Online
Overall, Still Life is a nice adventure game. It looks great, it’s reasonably well acted, and while its puzzles are hit and miss, its story is enveloping enough to draw you in and keep you playing. But fair warning: unlike Syberia, Still Life is not a family-friendly game. It includes gore, profanity, and nudity, and at one point you witness a pretty gruesome murder. So only buy the game if such things don’t offend you.
83
Windows4Players.de
Wer von Still Life ein waschechtes Detektiv-Adventure erwartet, wird möglicherweise ein wenig enttäuscht sein, denn die Polizeiarbeit spielt eher eine untergeordnete Rolle. Das Spiel ist vielmehr ein gelungener interaktiver Thriller, der euch manchen Schauer über den Rücken jagt. Wenn der Mörder wieder sein blitzendes Krummmesser auspackt, fürchtet man um die Gesundheit der ans Herz gewachsenen Protagonisten - sie werden es doch wohl überleben, oder nicht? In Prag und Chicago geht ihr der Frage nach, wer für die Morde verantwortlich ist, wobei sich die Spannung bis zum Schluss hält. Immer wieder ergibt sich eine neue Wendung, die ein anderes Licht auf die Bluttaten wirft. Die Mörderhatz bewegt sich auf einem hohen künstlerischen Niveau, wie man es von Microids gewohnt ist. Die hypnotischen Bilder, die skurrilen Charaktere und der mysteriöse Sound machen aus der Ermittlungsarbeit ein schauriges Vergnügen. An vorzeitiges Aufhören ist trotz manch schwerer Kopfnuss gar nicht zu denken!
83
WindowsGame Watcher
All things considered, this game is a definite buy for an avid adventure game fan. You will enjoy playing through this game and unfolding the book-worthy story. Although it does little to advance the genre, it is a solid game with great atmosphere.
83
XboxAdventure Europe
Still Life is by far the best adventure game I’ve played in a long time. As a detective/horror game, it easily surpasses Post Mortem, Black Mirror and Jack the Ripper. The mystery is mesmerizing, the atmosphere truly dark and for the first two thirds, the storytelling is masterful. But due to the very traditional gameplay, and a somewhat less-than-satisfactory ending, it never comes near the true classics. That said, I do recommend Still Life, and I sincerely wish it enough success to warrant a sequel – and isn’t that the biggest compliment you can give any story?
83
WindowsAdventure Europe
Still Life is by far the best adventure game I’ve played in a long time. As a detective/horror game, it easily surpasses Post Mortem, Black Mirror and Jack the Ripper. The mystery is mesmerizing, the atmosphere truly dark and for the first two thirds, the storytelling is masterful. But due to the very traditional gameplay, and a somewhat less-than-satisfactory ending, it never comes near the true classics. That said, I do recommend Still Life, and I sincerely wish it enough success to warrant a sequel – and isn’t that the biggest compliment you can give any story?
82
WindowsPC Action
Die Spielzeit ist mit etwa zwölf Stunden nur knapp kürzer als die Dauer einer Durchschnittsbeziehung von Jennifer Lopez. Trotzdem befriedigt Still Life längerfristig. Microids schafft es, den Spannungsbogen aufrecht zu erhalten und zog mich mit gepflegt gruseligen Renderfilmen tief ins Geschehen. Gut so!
82
WindowsGamePlasma
Still Life is a great game. If any of you are fans of Post Mortem you should pick up this title as well. If you are a fan of any other point and click adventure you should check it out as well. If you like RPG’s at all then you should also give this game a shot. If you only play first-person shooters, or fighting games then this might not be the title for you. It really depends on what you like, but if you give a shot you’ll probably find that you like it more than you thought you would.
80
XboxGame Chronicles
Excellent visuals and voice acting really draw you into this film-like adventure experience known as Still Life. The plot is well done and the dialogue and characters intriguing. Puzzles are hard enough to feel like you actually did something while not being so hard that you'll be tearing out your hair. The subject matter is definitely not for the kiddies, but non-squeamish adults who enjoy psychological horror films like The Ring, Se7en, or Silence of the Lambs should find a lot to like here.
80
XboxKombo.com
Not everyone will enjoy Still Life. Unless you really enjoy good storytelling, Still Life is quite frankly boring. You walk from point A to point B, and you do some talking, solve a clever puzzle here and there, and badda-bing, badda-boom end credits. However, Still Life is excellent simply because there are very few players who won't be captivated by it. Where most games entice through blowing stuff up and hot action, Still Life entices based on a thrilling mystery that you as a player can help solve. And, at a budget price of 19.99, it's not hard appreciate the value of this title. Do you like excellent stories, great characters, solid voice acting, amazing graphics, and puzzles that truly challenge you? Still Life is a perfect choice for you. After all, you'd pay twenty bucks for a good movie. In this case, you're actually getting more bang for your buck.
80
WindowsQuandary
Still Life is a suitably gripping and atmospheric thriller and the transitions between the Chicago and Prague investigations are very smooth. Despite my few criticisms I really enjoyed playing it and I know that many adventurers who appreciate a strong story will equally enjoy it. The ending has a resolution of sorts but much is left unanswered. It seems clearly set up for a sequel that may never eventuate now that MC2-Microids has been taken over, but who knows? I'd certainly like to do some more investigating with Gus or Victoria.
80
WindowsAventura y Cía
Still Life es un estupendo thriller de psicópata asesino, con personajes y estética cuidadísima, que muestra lo bien que se adecúa la aventura gráfica a la narrativa convencional, aunque sea de acción imparable. Sin embargo demuestra que los diseñadores modernos de aventuras gráficas no llegan a terminar bien el trabajo por ciertas torpezas, desgraciadamente intencionadas, en los puzzles del juego, que no saben muy bien a qué tipo de público quieren satisfacer. Pese a todo un trabajo notable que, junto a Moment of Silence, es lo mejor del año en argumento y hace encender una velita a Santa Tecla para que se sigan desarrollando este tipo de juegos sin híbridos extraños que se preocupan de esos pequeños detalles que consiguen que una historia tenga algo más que tiros y efectismo.
80
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Ich habe Still Life verschlungen wie einen guten Krimi. Selten fesselte ein Adventure mich dermaßen. Wenn eine neue Leiche auftaucht oder Heldin Victoria in einer der unzähligen, hervorragend gemachten Zwischensequenzen in mörderischer Geschwindigkeit hinter dem Killer herjagt, sträuben sich die Nackenhaare vor Spannung. Dass die Rätselqualität nicht mit Black Mirror, Sherlock Holmes und Nibiru mithalten kann, stört mich in Anbetracht der beeindruckenden Atmosphäre weniger. Ein Beispiel, das veranschaulicht, wie weit das Verwirrspiel geht: Zur Hälfte der Spielzeit war ich felsenfest davon überzeugt, Victoria wäre schizophren und am Ende selbst die Mörderin.
80
WindowsDigital Entertainment News (den)
Still Life is one of the rare breed of true “adventure” games that crop up once or twice a year on consoles. It used to be that this was the main form of computer gaming “back in the day” but now with growing technology and the industry evolving, this quiet genre seems to have fallen out of favor. It’s too bad, because far too often these games help provide storytelling and provide an experience than many videogame publishers and developers are trying to convey that the industry is capable of.
79
XboxGame Captain
Die Story ist der wichtigste Teil an einem Adventure, denn sie ist es, die den Spieler gefangen nehmen und festhalten muss. Die Story von Still Life schafft das ohne Probleme, die gekoppelte Geschichte der Gegenwart und der Vergangenheit ist spannend und voller Abwechselung. Abwechselungsreich sind auch die Rätsel, doch leider sind sie manchmal unverschämt schwer und sorgen so für Frustmomente, in denen die Motivation sehr schnell entschwindet. Aufgrund dieser schwerwiegenden Patzer bleibt Still Life eine eigentlich sichere Wertung über der 80%-Marke verwehrt. Alles in allem bietet Still Life ein spannendes Adventure mit einer düsteren und morbiden Atmosphäre, das Anfänger sowie fortgeschrittene Spieler einige Stunden Spannung und Rätselspaß bescheren sollte. Besser als die Konkurrenz von C.S.I. und Law & Order ist das Spiel allemal, schon allein Dank der tollen Story.
79
WindowsGame Captain
Die Story ist der wichtigste Teil an einem Adventure, denn sie ist es, die den Spieler gefangen nehmen und festhalten muss. Die Story von Still Life schafft das ohne Probleme, die gekoppelte Geschichte der Gegenwart und der Vergangenheit ist spannend und voller Abwechselung. Abwechselungsreich sind auch die Rätsel, doch leider sind sie manchmal unverschämt schwer und sorgen so für Frustmomente, in denen die Motivation sehr schnell entschwindet. Aufgrund dieser schwerwiegenden Patzer bleibt Still Life eine eigentlich sichere Wertung über der 80%-Marke verwehrt. Alles in allem bietet Still Life ein spannendes Adventure mit einer düsteren und morbiden Atmosphäre, das Anfänger sowie fortgeschrittene Spieler einige Stunden Spannung und Rätselspaß bescheren sollte. Besser als die Konkurrenz von C.S.I. und Law & Order ist das Spiel allemal, schon allein Dank der tollen Story.
79
XboxXBox Front
Adventure-Games und Konsolen: Diese Symbiose wollte bislang nicht so recht funktionieren. Einige wenige Ausnahmen wie Syberia konnten zwar durch schöne Grafiken begeistern, blieben allerdings weitestgehend ein Nischenprodukt. Umso erfreulicher, dass sich nun Microids an einen neuen Adventure-Titel mit dem klingenden Namen „Still Life“ gewagt hat und das stiefmütterlich behandelte Genre mit neuem Wind beleben will.
78
XboxGame Vortex
What I suggest is this: If you really like adventure games that have gory and intense storylines and puzzles with a high level of frustration, but also some very clever ones as well, this very well may be the game for you. Do yourself this favor though. Go to Still Life’s website here and play the prequel of the game. From what I understand, there are three parts you can play online for free. If you dig the prequel, then you will know that you can at least complete the parts of the game that come after beating the Xbox version and can have closure. No, I am not sorry I played Still Life. I really enjoyed the ride, despite the frustrations. I just hate being left wondering, feeling like there was a sequel set-up, but not knowing if a sequel will ever happen (as Microids was purchased by Ubisoft recently).
78
XboxTalkXbox
Still Life includes a gripping gruesome story, challenging gameplay, and to top things off, it’s only twenty dollars. It may not have the longest single-player campaign, but it has a darn good one. Still Life isn’t for everyone though. It’s very slow-paced and has tons of offensive content, making this one not suitable for trigger-happy gamers and young children. If you do not fall into either category, and can handle the extremely difficult puzzles, pick up Still Life, you won’t be disappointed, maybe a little frightened, but not disappointed.
76
WindowsGamesmania
Anfangs waren wir von Still Life wenig begeistert: Angestaubte Optik, teilweise miese Sprecher und aufgesetzt wirkende Dialoge schienen das Spiel zu einer Enttäuschung zu machen. Doch nach einiger Zeit hatten wir uns an diese rudimentären Spielelemente gewöhnt. Nun baute Still Life eine ganz eigene Atmosphäre auf, die Charme hat. Zusätzlich motivieren die kreativ designten Rätsel. Manchmal hatten wir die Lösung innerhalb von Sekunden, an anderer Stelle zerbrachen wir uns Stundenlang den Kopf. Die Story ist dagegen nicht ganz so ausgefeilt und wird zum Ende hin zu undurchsichtig. Die unterhaltsamen Knobeleien machen Still Life aber allemal zum empfehlenswerten Titel für alle Adventure-Fans.
76
WindowsGameZone
It's a hard knock life if you're Victoria McPherson. One, you're investigating a series of grisly murders in the Chicago area and have no clue as to who is doing it. Two, your boss is not happy that you have no clues as to who is butchering (this game is rated M) the victims and is summarily breathing down your neck in order to "persuade" you to come up with something. And third, upon returning home for a much needed break you find some files of your Grandfather that appears he investigated the same style of murders seventy five years ago. Are you chasing an ageless murderer? Is there a serial killer out there copying old murders? And maybe most important of all, how can a woman investigate murders in a Chicago winter while only wearing a miniskirt and sweater?
75
XboxGameZone
Still Life might not be perfect or innovative but it does justice to the classic crime-solving adventure genre and will keep you hooked to the very end. Even with the extremely difficult puzzles, I wish the game were a bit longer and the voice acting a lot better than what’s presented here, but it's still a game worth checking out when you’re in the mood for game that will make you think.
75
XboxWorth Playing
As a rabid adventure gamer, I was a little disappointed with this title; it definitely needed more puzzles and a fresh take on the gameplay. The bottom line is this: if you like adventure games, you should enjoy Still Life, but it will definitely not change the mind of the masses.
75
XboxJeuxvideo.com
StillLife nous fait immédiatement plonger dans un univers sombre et inquiétant grâce à une réalisation soignée et un scénario qui ne se dévoile que par petits bouts. En fait, on y joue de la même manière qu'on lit un bon polar avec des personnages qui débordent de naturel et qui deviennent alors vite attachants, avec aussi un tueur aux méthodes atroces, et une ambiance pesante jusqu'au dénouement final.
75
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
StillLife nous fait immédiatement plonger dans un univers sombre et inquiétant grâce à une réalisation soignée et un scénario qui ne se dévoile que par petits bouts. En fait, on y joue de la même manière qu'on lit un bon polar avec des personnages qui débordent de naturel et qui deviennent alors vite attachants, avec aussi un tueur aux méthodes atroces, et une ambiance pesante jusqu'au dénouement final.
75
WindowsPC Powerplay
Mögen Sie spannende Geschichten und haben ein Faible für "heute Nacht schlafe ich schlecht"-Atmospähre, dann können wir Ihnen Still Life nur empfehlen. Das hat nämlich auch der Vorzeige-Grusler Black Mirror nicht hinbekommen.
74
WindowsIGN
Still Life is a gory tale of murder that combines straightforward puzzle elements with some mundane fetch quests. While other adventure titles have started to include more action elements to broaden their audience, Still Life is a throwback to the PC classics like King's Quest. The game was developed by Microids who is also responsible for the Syberia series as well as Post Mortem on the PC. Still Life actually takes place in the Post Mortem universe and shares some of the same characters however the story stands alone.
73
XboxGamers' Temple, The
Of course a huge part of any adventure game are the puzzles and Still Life runs the gambit from simple to what-the-heck-were-they-smoking. Most of the puzzle are a little more difficult than I was expecting and if you don’t end up wanting to throw your TV out the window figuring out the cookie recipe then you did better than me. Overall I thought the level of difficulty was a little high, but it was actually a nice change of pace to be using the old grey matter.
73
XboxNZGamer
Still Life is far from lengthy and begs to be played on the PC, but has an interesting storyline, some engaging puzzles and one heck of a cliffhanger ending. While some people might not be able to look past its shortcomings, it will definitely give adventure game enthusiasts something solid to sink their teeth into for a couple of days.
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XboxGamer 2.0
Put it like this: Still Life retains the feel of many classics, but both LucasArts’ and Sierra’s titles had control systems that allowed the player more freedom. When you couple in the fact that Still Life is as linear as a train-track (for instance, you won’t be able to pick up a fire extinguisher until the end of the game, and for no good reason) you have to content yourself with playing a game that Microids have envisaged. As we predicted in our preview, there are no multiple endings. And, on the topic of conclusions, Still Life ends on a huge cliff-hanger that sadly leaves a rather stale taste in the mouth.
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XboxVideo Game Talk
Still Life is a throwback to the gaming days of yore with point and click adventures that required more brains than reflexes. Consoles have been sadly absent of this genre for quite some time now, but thankfully this title has come out for the Xbox near the system's end. It may not be the fastest paced game in the world or the best, since it does have many flaws, but the story is such that it will keep you coming back until you find out what happens. The only problem is that beating the game doesn't even bring about any resolution, just more questions so I'm assuming that there is going to be a sequel.
70
XboxDaily Game
Still Life is one of those games that should prove entertaining for those looking for a little break from the constant stream of Xbox shooters. While it is a fairly short game, you'll easily get your $20 (U.S.) worth.
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XboxMygamer.com
Still Life doesn't start with a bang; rather, it consistently builds towards an interesting and eventful finale, only to let the player down in the end. This might be the most significant factor in helping one decide whether to play the game or not. Some players will not mind a shoddy ending as long as the material leading up to it is top-notch; others, especially fans of traditional mystery stories, may not be able to get over the fact that Still Life avoids providing any reasonable kind of closure. Still Life is certainly a good example of its genre, but this glaring flaw along with the hit-or-miss puzzles prevents it from approaching greatness.
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XboxIGN
Still Life is an enjoyable albeit short diversion for fans of classic adventure games. As usual, this type of game controls better on a PC and character movement feels slow and clunky with the Xbox controller. The mature story will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery but there are too many small shortcomings for this game to compare with high quality adventure experiences like Myst IV. Gamers with a strong stomach and a little patience should still give Still Life a try.
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XboxTeamXbox
Still Life had the chance to be something great with its nicely defined plot points in some of the game’s more pivotal moments. Sadly it falls into the realm of being one of those games that presents nothing new to the adventure genre and instead relies on the usual puzzle solving and mildly entertaining exploration mechanics of past titles. For those looking for a new and hardy experience, Still Life probably won’t quench their thirst, but adventure buffs who have been starved for any semblance of their favorite genre, may find solace here.
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XboxGamingExcellence
So why does the overall score seem so low? Well, the score doesn’t truly reflect the game as a whole and should not be a reason to miss out on it (considering its low price point). The score is more indicative of the taste the ending will leave in your mouth. You will invest a lot of time and care into this game and while you will enjoy the trip, the ending is so overwhelmingly disappointing that you may find yourself hating the entire product just for that. Yes, Hollywood movies have given us similar endings, but after the game has taken so much time to carefully and painstakingly create a perfect mystery for us, leading us to expect an intelligent and satisfying conclusion, it feels shallow (at best) to finally see what Still Life amounts to. This may sound harsh, but it is a reality.
67
XboxMAN!AC
Die lineare Abenteuer-Kost um eine Mordserie bietet wenig Interaktion, aber viele Rätseleien.
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XboxGameSpot
The amount of time it'll take you to solve the murder mysteries of Still Life will hinge on how many snags you hit while solving puzzles, or how willing you are to fall back on walk-throughs. Either way, though, it's a pretty brief experience that doesn't lend itself to multiple plays. Adventure game fans will be more willing to forgive the game's technical shortcomings than anyone else, but it's hard to believe that devotees of this style of gaming will find much in Still Life that they haven't experienced already.
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WindowsGameSpot
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, seeing how the game is published by the appropriately named Adventure Company, but Still Life is an adventure game tailored to the specific needs of established adventure game fans. Think back to good old Gabriel Knight (if the name means anything to you) and you're pretty close to the style and tone that Still Life aims for. Its slavish dedication to convention will scratch the methodical, cerebral itch all diehard adventure game fans have. As a genre exercise, though, it exerts little energy to draw in new players.
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XboxExtreme Gamer
Still Life, still gives life to this old formula of point and click adventures. If you were looking for a mature plot driven game mixed with drama, suspense and gore then this is your victim. Remember its pace is slow, but the reward is worth the time invested.
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XboxMS Xbox World
Still Life is a game that will not appeal to everyone, especially those with itchy trigger fingers and a lack of patience. If you are the type of gamer that would rather use brain than brawn then I would say that Still Life might be worth a look. I found the game to be mostly enjoyable bar the odd puzzle that became frustrating after spending plenty of time trying to figure it out. These types of games are rather old school yet I think there is still a place in gaming for them. With plenty of spooky atmosphere and a gripping tale Still Life is an intriguing prospect although I can really only suggest a rental at best.
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XboxCheat Code Central
Still Life is the kind of game that will be regarded by many as, "Not bad." It won't make anyone's top-five-games-of-the-year list but it tells an interesting tale and allows you to match wits with a couple of notorious serial killers. And did I mention that the dame ain't too bad looking?
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XboxBordersdown
As a complete package Still Life is a very enjoyable adventure game, its lack of engaging puzzles does sometimes make it feel more like an interactive novel than a game but that in no way detracts from the quality of the product. Here is a well-crafted, good-looking and mature work of fiction that shows a lot of promise for the future of adventure games. If only it was a bit more of a brain teaser.
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WindowsGameSpy
I'm a sucker for adventure games, particularly the traditional LucasArts/Sierra-style games that very few companies bother to make any more. That's why I make a special effort to follow companies like Microids, a French outfit acquired by Ubisoft, who continue to fight a gallant battle to bring out old-school adventure titles. Microids was responsible for Syberia, one of the best adventure games of recent years, as well as Post Mortem, a slightly more experimental adventure title that I really enjoyed back in March of 2003. So when Still Life, the sequel to Post Mortem landed on my desk, I simply had to load it up. What I found was a title that retains many of the strengths of its predecessor in storyline and presentation, but comes out weaker than the original thanks to poorly conceived puzzles.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Auf den Still-Life-Test hatte ich mich gefreut. Zu spannend klang das Setting um den irren Frauenmörder. Doch mit jeder gespielten Stunde hatte ich weniger Lust, weiter zu rätseln. Die Handlung kommt viel zu spät in Gang, die Knobelrätsel sind grauenhaft. Dass ich bis zum Schluss durchgehalten habe, liegt am deutlich angezogenen Storytempo zum Ende hin. Fürs nächste Mal rate ich den Entwicklern, sich die Klassiker von LucasArts mit ihren Tugenden anzuschauen.
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XboxGamersHell.com
Yes, the story is intriguing and wanting to know what happens next will drive most players to battle through the gameplay tedium, but the experience the plot delivers is in no way exceptional and certainly nothing that couldn’t be surpassed by the rental of a decent DVD. The realization of the game as a true investigation, involving modern forensic techniques with Victoria mixed with tried and tested legwork with Gus would have made for a far more rewarding package. As it is, Still Life is an exercise in gaming mediocrity, which offers nothing to the player beyond watching, wailing, and wishing.
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WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
There's a peculiar thing about adventure game reviews. Aside from the tedious inevitability of the mainstream press attempting some widespread analysis of the entire genre, there comes alongside them the frothing insanity of the adventure gaming specialist press. These poor starving beings wander through their lives wraith-like, long gaunt faces, bony fingers clasping with a rigor mortis grip around any release that might feature some notion of pointing and clicking. Letting these people review adventure games is like letting junkies review heroin.
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XboxHonestGamers
In the end, though, I suppose Still Life wasn’t ever really intended to be a proper game. Whoever came up with the idea must’ve just wanted to see where it went. The overall lack of polish certainly supports that notion. Don’t make the same mistake I did. You don’t want to wind up like I did, stuck with an ugly knife in your back. I guess it could be worse, though. I’m not a dead whore.