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Dead Reckoning: Snowbird's Creek - Review

When the first Dead Reckoning game came out, we thought it was excellent; it featured an intriguing storyline, a rather complex gameplay and a top-notch production - everything needed for a perfect detective adventure. Lately, the sequels that followed that masterpiece have been slowly spiraling downhill and Snowbird's Creek is surely the most disappointing installment yet.


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Name: Dead Reckoning: Snowbird's Creek Collector's Edition
Release Date: 28 August 2016
Developer: Eipix Entertainment

Dead Reckoning: Snowbird's Creek has you investigating the murder of Seth Savage, the person that divided Snowbird’s Creek with his new railway project. While the game did a great job on making us feel involved with the mystery by continuing with the series' "interrogating the suspects" approach, the suspense is missing. This Dead Reckoning game has lost its charm, which usually lies within the game's thrilling storyline and atmosphere. Snowbird's Creek feels just like any other detective-themed games - generic and predictable.

The dull gameplay in Dead Reckoning: Snowbird's Creek doesn't help make the game much more captivating either. The adventure portion of the game offers neither challenge nor innovation, although we must admit that everything runs very smoothly. The hidden object scenes and puzzles are definitely professionally-developed, but still lack the creativity that might make up for other aspects of the game.

One thing that Snowbird's Creek still does extremely well - as all the previous installments did - is the presentation. The multi-dimensional graphics, layered artwork, fancy special effects and polished cutscenes are nothing short of impressive. The audio team also did a fantastic job with the background music and the voice-overs.

As a Collector's edition game, Dead Reckoning: Snowbird's Creek has all that one could ever want from the extras section. Apart from the one-hour bonus chapter, the game includes achievements, collectibles, soundtracks, wallpapers, concept art, replayable hidden objects, replayable puzzles, a strategy guide, videos and a souvenir room.

Dead Reckoning: Snowbird's Creek might not be the most original or the most exciting detective adventure, it is nonetheless pretty enjoyable.

Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4.5/5 Stars


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