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The Forgotten City

Developer: Modern Storyteller Publisher: Dear Villagers
28 July 2021
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One of the better less-gamey games I've played in a while, The Forgotten City started engaging and only got moreso with time. While the presentation isn't much from a technical standpoint, the charm and care taken with the writing and performances and art direction are undeniable, and elevate an already great story that melds historical fiction with period fact, philosophical navel-gazing and even mystery and time travel. Some of the end-game plot twists are a bit too sci-fi and weird to match the setting, but as a story already built on time travel from the off, I'm okay with some liberties being taken, and the writing is just dense enough to be meaty and satisfying, but intuitive enough to make sense for dullards like me, a rare balancing act and something to be truly commended.

And while what little combat there is is stilted and crappy, unlike The Sinking City or so, it doesn't get in the way of a great adventure that doesn't overstay its welcome. Even more ambitious fare like 999 comes out looking better, and the only reason this isn't getting a higher score is because it can be improved upon, but that I want to see this framework revisited and polished is praise enough.
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Lowlander2 2022-05-24T07:33:51Z
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'The Forgotten City' is an atmospheric story-driven adventure, you're placed in a random city hundreds of years ago with no clue to what's going on and what happened to you. Your first discovery is the most important one to kick you into the main plot: there's a "Golden Rule" in this city, which is, if one person sins, everyone dies.

This is one of the rare cases for me that I keep coming back, thinking about how I liked playing this one specific game I did not cared that much about while playing it. I even raised my initial rate for it, which I haven't done before, ever. It's such a good and interesting plot mixed with perfect progression, finishing the true ending in one sit is really effortless.

The writting really shines, every character contributes to the charming experience, every single one has a personality and a purpose, everything story-wise is very cohesive. Discovering the actual main plot is mind-blowing, and really feels like the game's pacing just gets better and better the closest you get to the ending.

Now, as you progress, the game tends to get very philosophical, and can easily be mistaken to be taken way more seriously than it should. As a indie game, of course it contains thoughts and opinions directly from their devs, and the player may or may not agree with them. Even though you may disagree to some extent with some scenes or dialogues, I really don't think it should ruin the experience to play this game, it's fun and entertaining as it is.

Gameplay-wise, it is a buggy game. A lot of polishing could be done, some animations are very clunky, but, once again, it's a very ambitious indie game, and there's nothing game breaking (at least in my experience). Dialogue choices and missions are fine, more action-adventure segments are my least favourite, although they're not bad, just a bit repetitive. Overall, gameplay is decent enough to not be a burden, it is enough to support the good writing and plot.

This is not the perfect game, there are hundreds out there technically better, but there's something about this unusual experience that sticks to you, and I'm hoping to find other fun games with such good story in a not so overly-complex universe.
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Janky but top notch writing
Forgotten City is a Skyrim mod brough to life as a standalone title, delivering a game that is all about exploration and people skills.

You can tell from the start its humble origins, from the walking animations, to the potato faces and talking heads in speach, as well as the proper talking UI. It feels outdated, but you get used to it as it goes along. There are optional combat areas, and these are very janky and quite honestly mediocre. They give the game some variety.

The setting is really interesting, as you play as a new member of a roman underground city which feels doomed from the start, as the gods will turn everyone into gold if someone causes a sin. Its from this premise that the games writing really shines, as each of the 20 or so characters of the game has a different perspective on the golden rule, and you must explore the world to prevent characters from breaking this golden rule. There is some openess to the way that you solve the games problems, again encouraging you to explore its short but dense world.

As the story unfolds, the game goes deep into discussions about moralism, divinity and politics. The writers have a clear stance on the matter, but truthfully im fine with that.

Overal its an entertaining game, definitly addictive in the later stages when you want to watch the whole story unfold.
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  • Whoa 2021-09-01 17:37:17.218972+00
    Was very unsure of this because I heard it started as a Skyrim mod and I have zero favoritism towards ES. Can report the environmental exploration is similar, but the dialogue plays like peak era Obsidian expansion.

    Truly a very refined, specific experience that feels like it could appeal to a wide net of people if it had like 1 more distinctive quality.
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    • Whoa 2022-01-03 08:54:20.661065+00
      GOTY, but same with Soma or Edith Finch, it's so memorable throughout that I'm not likely to replay it soon.
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  • to_noid_or_not_to_noid 2021-09-20 07:47:51.984181+00
    You can get a certain ending and miss a whole chunk of this, if you’re not careful and sneak to a forbidden spot like I did.

    So glad I reloaded a save and kept going.
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    • thatbennyguy 2022-01-03 09:14:48.74234+00
      Truthfully, the game tells you at the end that you achieved 1 of 4 endings, and even lets you know which one you did, and how "long the road is" to get there. The game definitely lets you know how many endings there are, and even whether you have the "canonical ending" or not. You'll know when you've got the right ending.
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  • blurforweebs 2021-10-30 03:18:58.858466+00
    first hour or so is a bit slow but when it gets going its a really good time
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  • alliterativeAlpinist 2022-01-30 01:19:03.042203+00
    Despite it crashing and exhibiting bugs more than Bethesda games ever did for me (somehow), I loved it
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  • EnnisDelMar 2022-02-01 07:47:10.456227+00
    This is one of those games I've completed and the more time passes, the more I tend to think about it and miss playing something like this, definitely a grower
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  • jasterlaf 2022-03-01 06:05:20.134944+00
    The ending was everything I could have wanted it to be.
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  • DaymanNightman 2022-07-17 00:16:43.371772+00
    What a game
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