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Immortal Review

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what is it? Immersive, interactive movie where you are the editor and the movie can be haunted.

Expected payment: $19.99/Free PC Game Pass

Developer: half mermaid sam barlow

Publisher: half mermaid

Comment on: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx 2.10 GHz, 12 GB RAM

multiplayer game? Do not

Association: Steam(opens in a new tab)

Where does art come from? What makes creating a movie different from writing a letter or inventing a toaster? Does it come from within us, or from around us, you know? This is the area of ​​cultural philosophy that is immortal (and more eloquently) delved into as you unravel its FMV-dominated mysteries.

immortal It’s more of a collector’s edition Blu-ray box set than a game, made up of the film work of forgotten (and fictional) French model and actress Marisa Marcel.Players start with a question posed in “A Brief History of Marissa Marcel,” by immortal Director Sam Barlow: What happened to the actors? Why has she been absent for 20 years? Why haven’t any of her movies been released? where is she now?

Fortunately, the answer may lie in the “massive movie cache” that Barlow and his crew stumbled across in 2020. “After carefully arranging and scanning the footage,” Barlow wrote, “we created this computer software in an attempt to preserve and share the work and bring Marissa back to life in the audience’s mind.”

hide and seek

“The image is never a simple reality,” wrote the philosopher Jacques Rancière. Likewise, images in Immortal are rarely what they appear to be. They hide things, distort their meaning, and play with player expectations.

Part of the way immortality hides things is through restraint. Unlike previous games with Barlow at the helm, players don’t have immediate or full access to all available footage. Instead, they started with an interview on a late-night talk show in the ’60s, and hopefully branched off organically from there. That’s where the game’s first major mechanic comes in: “race cuts.”

Match editing is a common editing technique that establishes visual clarity for moviegoers. In Immortality, this technique is used to find similar combinations of images in different films and other media. By pausing a scene, players can examine small aspects of it, and like a point-and-click adventure game, click on whatever interests them. This teleports them to another scene with the same actors or similar objects. As players teleport around, adding scenes they find to their library, gradually, real (or “real”) stories emerge. The match clips here act like their cinematic counterparts by creating narrative rather than visual continuity for the player.

The structure of the game itself is similar to the Moviola editing machine, and combined with the match-cutting mechanism, players can compose their own “super-cuts” based almost entirely on resonance. While I imagine most players will use it for a specific purpose, there’s plenty of room for jokes here. Want a montage of a bowl of fruit? Go ahead, why not. Some wall art caught your eye? Here are some more. It’s very satisfying to walk down these rabbit holes as you solve the mystery at the heart of the game, and your sense of being actively involved in the created world is enhanced by Nanita Desai’s excellent background music as you jump from one scene to the next Another scene.

It’s important to note that while full mouse and keyboard controls are built in, the developers do recommend a controller, which we found added haptic feedback when we used it in games. Additionally, players will want to scrub back and forth through the scene, as sometimes cues and insights can be found while playing the footage backwards.

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cut, print

In his previous games, Barlow worked with well-known actors to create moments of intense drama and intrigue in hours of footage. What sets Immortal apart is that its core fictional film trilogy (Ambrosio, Minsky, and Two of Everything, all shot in 30 years) are essentially real films, each about an hour long , there are different writers, actors, and production staff for each of them, all filmed in the style of the time period they claim to be from.

But these movies aren’t the only spaces in which players can move around. Many of the behind-the-scenes footage feature Marisa, director John Durik (played by Hans Christopher), and the rest of the cast and crew as they rehearse, scout locations, hang out with famous period figures like Andy Warhol, and Spend intimate time together. In these moments, we see tension, we see catharsis, we see ordinary people trying to create art, but ignoring the impact of that creative attempt on them.

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We’ve also seen the ugly side of the movie business. If this game is a critique of anything, it’s a critique of the author’s theory, a critique of the way the industry chews and spits out talent, and most importantly, it’s a fiery stab at the rampant and violent misogyny of the industry past and present attack. While further discussion would constitute a spoiler, please be aware that there is a list of content warnings in the menu, including sexual assault and abusive relationships.

Immortal is an amazing game. Freely selected from multiple film eras, it truly explores what it means and costs to make great, meaningful art. The game’s actors are acting out their lives, either as the “real people” they’re playing or in their various movie roles in the game. The aesthetics of each film are so realistic that it’s easy to stop disbelief and accept that these are fictions from the 1968, 1970, and 1999 films. While initially intimidated by Immortality’s expansive, sometimes cosmic scope, I found that, rather than being inscrutable, it was eager to reveal a new face to the mystery. It wants to be played.

Immortality might be compared to the films of Alfred Hitchcock or David Lynch, or even Barlow’s films like Liar and Her Story. This may be unavoidable. But as a game, it’s way beyond anything it can be compared to. Immortality is Sam Barlow’s best and most thought-provoking game yet, and the debut of Half Mermaid.

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Bart Thompson
Bart is esports.com.tn's List Writer . He is from Houston, Texas, and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in creative writing, majoring in non-fiction writing. He likes to play The Elder Scrolls Online and learn everything about The Elder Scrolls series.