SHE SEES RED
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on December 3, 2019
When you send me an email about a full motion video game, I'm immediately intrigued. I love that type of video games and I think it's a pity that, in the end, only a handful of games have successfully made use of this genre. My favorite FMV game is still Phantasmagoria, a classic from the nineties. But now it's time to discover a brand new game and I have to opportunity to play it everywhere. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I can play this game on Android and iOS!
And which game might that be, I hear you ask? Well, I'm talking about a game with the ominous title: She sees Red. The game was already released for PC already on July 11, 2019, so I'm a bit ashamed I have not checked it out earlier. Anyway, I'm super excited to play this game and see if it delivers that mature and hard-boiled interactive thriller, that Rhino Tales promised me. The game starts with the explanation that my choices will matter, so I assume different choices will lead to different parts of the story. Oh boy, this is getting better and better! The game starts and I see a guy... laying on the floor. Is he sleepy?... ehm wait... what?! Why is there a pencil sticking out of his ear?
Okay folks, looks like there is a murder to be solved here, so let's call in the professionals. A female detective ( I have no idea what her name is to be honest) is called in to solve this deadly puzzle. While this detective lady is trying to figure out what happened, it's your task to make decisions on the murderer's behalf. Okay, looks like we're playing the bad guy here and I hope I'm not the only one who thinks that this, as disturbing as it may be, always feels just a bit good, right? You can do whatever you want and not deal with the consequences (seriously, am I the only one who thinks that?).
Back to the game. In roughly 30 minutes you can finish your first play through. First play through? Yes, because you'll definitely want and need to play this at least two times, to actually figure out what's going on. There are four possible endings and several choices to make on your way to them. At first I thought there were not that many decision-making moments, but it all depends which choices you make and it's actually fun to try new choices and see where these may lead you. After one play through, I only saw 27 of the 62 scenes of the game, after the second one it counted 38 of 62 and after my third one I had watched 44 of them. I have still not seen all of them, but I already know three different endings. And if you have the urge to start nagging and crying now, just because you don't want to spend your precious time watching the same scenes over and over again, don't worry; the developers incorporated a skip function, which enables you to skip scenes you've already seen.
It was really great to play She sees Red. It is a cool detective story, the crime scenes look like the real thing and the cast did a pretty decent job. I love how this game is originally in Russian and dubbed in English, by the way. Please do yourself a favor and play at least one play through in Russian, to experience the game in its original language. She Sees Red is a great and truly entertaining game and although it didn't push Phantasmagoria from its first place on my top FMV game list, it sure got added to this list! I can't wait to see what else this developer comes up with in the future!
SHE SEES RED
December 4, 2019 (iOS / Android)
July 11, 2019 (PC)