Night In The Woods
Platform: PC, PS4 Digital
Release Date: February 21st, 2017
I have been playing a lot of story-intense games over the last few weeks. 2017 has been churning out some real winners at the start of this year. Tales of Berseria has tugged at my heartstrings and so has the critical and commercial darling, Horizon Zero Dawn. However, the game that I want to talk about today may have flown under the radar since so many great games have arrived. That game is called Night in the Woods and I present to you 5 things you should know about before you start.
Night in the Woods Is An Adventure Game
Not an adventure game like Horizon is an adventure game. More like how Broken Age is an adventure game. It’s a side scroll game that has players take the main protagonist Mae through her hick town. Just about everything can be interacted with but may only open up once you reach certain parts of the story. It has been great-searching around the town to see what new things you can reach. I make sure to travel everywhere before I make any major commitments to see what pieces of dialogue I may uncover. Mae is able to climb on wires and roofs of buildings so make sure to look around.
It’s a Grown Up Zootopia
Or Daria for the new millennium whichever you prefer. Even though the characters are animals the commentary is surely not cutesy at all. The dialogue tackles some serious issues like being a college dropout, failing to meet parental expectations, bad breakups, etc. You name it and its in here. The dialogue is smart, witty, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Even if all the plot points don’t resonate with you I’m sure someone in town will.
There Is Also Rhythm Game Play Involved
Did I mention that Mae was in a band before she came back from school? Well, she was and her friends are psyched to bring her back into the fold. I wasn’t prepared to be thrown into a rhythm game where you needed to coordinate 3 buttons. And unfortunately, I don’t believe the difficulty can be adjusted for it. There is no real penalty for failing but I’m sure there is a trophy for being successful.
The Possum Springs Is A Town Is Full of Personality
I’m not from a small town but I could imagine if I was everyone would know your name. In this town, everyone does know your character which is refreshing because of their dialogue. They also have distinct personalities so u may find yourself liking the townsfolk better than Bea. I especially enjoy the bear who writes poems or the penguin right next to her that has nothing but asshole stuff to say to you every day. Mae also has a computer that you can use to interact with your friends which gives a real sense of immersion.
There Is A Mystery Afoot
From the very beginning of the game, there is a sense that before Mae left something went down. Some of the townspeople mention it but they don’t ignore you because of it. The main character herself makes it seems like it’s something that shouldn’t be talked about it. At some point, this comes to the forefront so you will be thrust into that part of the adventure as well.
I am totally in love with this game and cannot wait to see how it all ends and the relationships I build. Have you checked out this game? What have you discovered? Do you play adventure games? Let us know in the comments below.