République: Anniversary Edition Review (eShop Conversion)
Don’t you hate it when you’re thrust into a totalitarian world of the relentless horror of fascism? For example, when you go out? Ho ho ho! Just a bit of topical humor there. Sorry, we will never do that again. Look, the point is, Republique – game rated by Nintendo Life you are currently reading – is about getting rid of such astigmatism.
Back in the days République was a phone game, the traps of which made perfect sense for its input pattern. You took control of a rogue element of Unknown nature who basically bridges the gap between the player and the operator; a bit like excellent In other seas; Here, you control multiple cameras, computers, and other systems in the huge complex in which the heroine finds herself captured. You are Help this girl escapeno escape yourself. It makes you feel both powerless and lacking in self-determination. You have a lot of power, but in the end you are still just an observer. We dare say it, making it easier for you to care, easier to invest in this character as she has autonomy outside of your own personal whims.
Then it’s odd that République is celebrating its anniversary with a version of the game where you directly control that character, removing one of the things that make the game unique instead of a system that is currently based on into uncomfortable ambiguity. Pressing ZR will display a list of available commands and nearby security cameras; you switch between them to see where you need to go next. It’s an intelligent system that is superior to direct camera control considering what the developers are trying to achieve.
Only here, it was lost. You will automatically switch to a different camera angle, similar to Resident Evil. Except sometimes…you just will not. So you’ll be caught off-screen in a sort of eerie, nebulous void of existence that almost resembles a deliberate trap, difficult to navigate. You will then be caught by the guards and realize there is no real deposit, as being discovered and arrested only sees you thrown into a cell, which is basically the game’s “checkpoint” when you freeze to the nearest. This makes things stressful and somewhat frustrating based on trial and error.
We criticize, but République – honestly! – a really gripping stealth title with an interesting story and gripping gimmick, but that was fundamentally compromised by the addition of more nuanced player control. It is an extremely unusual location to be in, and it is quite difficult to enthusiastically recommend or condemn from the outside.
So it’s an expected “yes” for this gripping and flawed stealth game with an impressive sense of location; some will bounce off it harder Our switch bounces off the wall when we are caught by another guard, but many will find it atmospheric, challenging and engaging. Definitely worth your attention, even if only to find out you don’t like it.