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Overclocked: A History of Violence (Windows)

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Description

Overclocked is a psychological thriller presented as a point-and-click adventure game. There are 6 playable characters in total, each with their own adventure, and the events are told through a frame tale construction. The main protagonist is former US army combat psychiatrist David Mc Namara whose marriage is hanging by a thread. He also suffers from mysterious choleric attacks. He used to treat the Desert Storm troops, but left the army in 1999 due to a nervous breakdown.

As an expert in forensic psychiatry, he is called to the Staten Island Forensic Hospital in New York to examine five young men and women. They were found at different locations in New York, screaming, horrified, with complete memory loss and a total lack of orientation. Dave has to delve into their memories to reconstruct what has happened. This leads to six playable portions with different characters as Dave explores the events through flashbacks, using chronologically inverse storytelling. He has to trigger their memory by using objects and recordings from his sessions to advance the story. This is done through a PDA, also used to contact other people in the game and to receive messages and files.

The game features 3D character models and objects with pre-rendered backgrounds, and uses classic conversation and puzzle-solving gameplay, including an inventory to store and combine items. A dynamic camera is used for cinematic effect, with close-ups, panning, zoom and mosaic-style visualisation.

Screenshots

Overclocked: A History of Violence Windows In the kitchen
Overclocked: A History of Violence Windows The radio room during a recollection - the real session is shown on the left.
Overclocked: A History of Violence Windows Leaving the hotel.
Overclocked: A History of Violence Windows Discussing a plan.

Alternate Titles

  • "Overclocked. Оправданная жестокость" -- Russian spelling
  • "Overclocked: Una historia de violencia" -- Spanish title
  • "Overclocked: Thérapie de choc" -- French title
  • "Overclocked: Historia o przemocy" -- Polish title
  • "Overclocked: Eine Geschichte über Gewalt" -- German title

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User Reviews

High aims, deep fall micnictic (385) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Game design flaws keep Overclocked from reaching its potential Jeanne (75620) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars

The Press Says

Adventurearchiv Oct 21, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Gamesmania Oct 22, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Vgames Jul 03, 2008 80 out of 100 80
Meristation Nov 03, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
TTGamer Jun 01, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
Puntaeclicca.it 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
Computer Bild Spiele Oct 03, 2007 2.52 out of 6 70
GameCell UK Jun, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Armchair Empire, The Jun 02, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65
Killer Betties Jul 21, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Real-time 3D? 5 Игги Друге (43542)
May 17, 2008

Trivia

References

A poster for The Moment of Silence, an earlier House of Tales game, can be seen at the bus stop near the ferry port. In one of the later conversations in the game, the Grand Theft Auto series is also referenced.

Soundtrack

The Swedish metal band Soilwork wrote a song for the game's soundtrack.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2007 – #3 Best Adventure of the Year
    • 2007 – Best Story of the Year

Related Web Sites

Sciere (251707) added Overclocked: A History of Violence (Windows) on Nov 05, 2007