Game Review: Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller — Episode 3

[Once again, this episode will contain SPOILERS for the previous episodes, so read at your own risk.]

What the fuck did I just play?

This was literally my reaction to finishing the third episode of Cognition. From the very beginning, the episode slams you with one hell of a plot twists and then does the equivalent of dumping you in a strange forest at night and expecting you to bumble your way to safety.

The funny thing is, if this episode were an actual TV show, it would be a Bottle Episode. the kind of show that is designed to drain as little money as possible. For the most part, you’re stuck in one location trying to find clues. This episode does something a little different in that you are allowed to freely switch between two characters this time around, using information one gains to solve puzzles on their partner’s end and vice versa. It’s a neat little system even if I generally find timey-wimey things like this to be somewhat confusing. I can’t say much more about the story without spoiling everything, so let’s just say the plot thickens and leave it at that.

This time around, I decided to make use of the hint system, which might as well put flashing lights next to your objective and say “IT’S RIGHT HERE WHAT ARE YOU DOING???” Still, it’s definitely helpful if you get stuck.

The voice acting continues to be hit or miss for me, I think Erica’s VA seems to get better each episode, but there’s one particular character who has a ton of lines and a very annoying voice (still not as annoying as the singing in the last chapter, though) and at this point there’s not much to say about the music or graphics except that they continue to be great.

I think overall I didn’t really like this episode that much. On the one hand, it’s nice that it was tightly contained, but at the same time, it felt very same-y just visiting the same handful of rooms every few minutes. The fact that it is restricted to only a couple areas is both blessing and curse.  That said, it ended on a much more intense notes than note than the last scene of the last episode, and i’m curious to see what will happen in the final installment.

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