Genesis Noir Reviews
If a great art style and self-indulgent vagueries are all you’re looking for, then Genesis Noir is the game for you. If, however, you’re one of those pesky gamers who expect things to happen for underlying reasons and stories to have characters rather than just a parade of hollow archetypes, there’s nothing here to recommend.
Here's the thing, and it's a bit of a kick in the pants. Genesis Noir is a very cool, very interesting and exceptionally well-presented game. It tells its esoteric story in an effective, exciting way with a litany of memorable visuals, fantastic artwork and a genuinely brilliant soundtrack. And, unfortunately, we simply can't recommend playing this compromised, ill-fitting, arduous and glitchy Switch port in the slightest. Maybe it's just us, but knowing we could be experiencing the spectacle of this clearly brilliant piece of art in a much higher resolution, at much greater fidelity, and with an order of magnitude less frantically wriggling the left analogue stick because we're convinced the game has broken is just a sobering reason to ask why we would even bother if this version isn't your only option. Even if you do only have a Switch, we'd recommend waiting until you have something else. This is a game that deserves better.
Underneath the gorgeous animation and the wonderful jazz music is a journey that lacks substance. Perhaps I'm just the wrong target audience, and loads of other people will find a deeper meaning that I missed entirely within Genesis Noir. It's difficult to review a game this abstract and this artistically focused with any certainty. All I can tell you about is my experience with it, and my experience was of a game that amazed with its visuals but that dragged across its short runtime, that had flashes of real brilliance mixed in with humdrum puzzling and a story that never resonated with me. Since Genesis Noir is on Game Pass, though, it's an enticing prospect, one that I'd recommend checking out if you subscribe to the service because you might just find something that speaks to you. And if you don't, well, all it has cost is a few hours.
If they tell me that they are going to tell me about the Big Bang, the creation, the stars, life, its variables and meanings through a story of a guy who sells watches and watches his girlfriend get shot, it would be totally impossible for me to imagine . And much less in the way of Genesis Noir. I play experience with an art as I have seen very few, and I am not only talking about the world of video games. One button and the mouse / stick and you will move the universe ... literal as well.
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Saxophones and singularities come together in a one-of-a-kind game experience. Genesis Noir takes you on a mind-blowing cosmic cruise through time and space in order to save the love of your life - and maybe your own. Will this starry adventure win you over?
Genesis Noir is a short experience which is memorable for its unique presentation but also for its unintuitive, confusing and disorienting gameplay.
It won't be everyone’s cup of tea with slower pacing and simplistic puzzles, but if you can overlook that then I believe you’ll enjoy Feral Cat Den’s Genesis Noir.
Genesis Noir is a simple puzzler with point-and-click elements that are stripped back to reveal an engaging and beautiful story. It may be too easy and rather linear, but it's still a well presented game that'll keep you engaged throughout.
Genesis Noir is a very curious game, and mostly in a good way. The cosmic nature of its narrative is tied down interestingly in its humanized elements and the animation and music do a good job of giving every moment life and charm, even if it can sometimes get confusing. It’s not a long game, and some of its stretches are a bit too simplistic for their own good, but Genesis Noir also features a lot of creativity in prominent portions of its puzzles and progression. If you enjoy a good point-and-click adventure and don’t mind a game that just wants a moment to share its bombastic narrative of cosmic creation and love, Genesis Noir might very well be narrative worth your time and interest.
Genesis Noir presents us with a story set in a time when everything took place just after the Big Bang. Thanks to an ambitious story and a very nostalgic gameplay, we are guaranteed to be glued to the screen until the end of the adventure.
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While it is a visual and aural feast, dripping with style, mechanically as a game it unfortunately struggles
This game was not at all what I was expecting, but in a good way. It is definitely not your run-of-the-mill noir drama.There are some truly interesting ideas in here that are presented with a strong scientific basis. As someone who has studied a bit of Astronomy, I was pleased to see such a creative take on cosmological knowledge. For fans of Astronomy, casual adventures, and unique experiences, Genesis Noir is a journey worth taking.
Genesis Noir is a curious and highly experimental experience. A surreal universe awaits those who immerse themselves in the game's proposal, which uses a mixture of non-interactive scenes and tactile puzzles to tell a complicated love story. Many exaggerated and impressive moments are scattered throughout the adventure, and the striking visuals and the punctual, but powerful, soundtrack intensify the sensations. However, there are problems, such as very basic puzzles, some confusing passages and an obtuse plot. In the end, Genesis Noir is a brief engaging visual show, basically an interactive film.
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Still, Genesis Noir deserves commendation for being its own thing, possessing such a clear ambition that drips off of every gorgeous screen. These screen caps here, lush as they are, lack the game’s beautiful sense of motion. Even if you don’t play Genesis Noir yourself, check out a few Let’s Plays to really appreciate the craft. This is a game that will stick in my mind for a long time, its grandeur overshadowing all the moments of annoyance it gave me on the way.
If you like interesting experiences, beautiful stories, and powerful messages all wrapped up in a hot jazz soundtrack, you'll love Genesis Noir. However, be aware that it will not be without frustration, especially until the developers release a performance patch for Switch.
A little abstract in nature, but Genesis Noir is an all-around stunning audio-visual adventure.
Although I feel like I didn’t quite understand all of what Genesis Noir was trying to accomplish in story, I absolutely understood the emotional journey it took me on. From the joyous beginnings to the urgently depressing ending and even the loneliness, hope, and determination that came after, Genesis Noir is a celebration of humanity, the universe, and of life itself. Genesis Noir is a church for the religious and non-religious alike, and a spiritual experience worth undertaking at any price. Will you traverse time and space for the one you love? Or will you find love among the cosmos along the way? Genesis Noir knows the answer — find out by pursuing this mesmerizing journey on console or PC.
Experimental and beautiful, Genesis Noir talks about love and beauty in a way not many ways have talked before.
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Genesis Noir is a visually spectacular video game with an enthralling, albeit abstract, narrative. While its more gameplay focused segments often bring the game down a notch, whenever Genesis Noir treats the player to one of its lavishly animated cutscenes, it's hard not to salivate at its gorgeous art style. The eclectic mix of sound and visuals create an experience unlike any other in video game history. Genesis Noir is truly unique, and while not always a fun experience, it is by far one of the most mesmerising adventures I've ever had the pleasure of undertaking.