Moebius: Empire Rising
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Moebius: Empire Rising is a solid point-and-click title that delivers a compelling story and fun gameplay, but it's hindered by mediocre execution.
Moebius has a solid story and decent characters as you would expect from Jane Jensen. The game missed out on the puzzles however and a solid reason to keep you playing to conclusion.
Overall, Moebius: Empire Rising was a disappointment. A game with an interesting plot and curious puzzles was hampered by boring characters and the nuance of guesswork. Ultimately, Moebius failed to deliver on its numerous potential intricacies. It often appeared as though the developers failed to consider many things from the perspective of the player, making it so that many of the game's features, interesting as they could have been, were left fairly flat and uninteresting. Still, if you can make it through much of the tedious gameplay, players are sure to find some interest in a plot that is arguably pretty interesting.
I had high hopes for Moebius: Empire Rising, but while it shows early promise it ultimately falls far short of living up to it. I suspect that Jane Jensen has a good story to tell, but this is definitely not the way to go about it.
The story makes no sense and goes nowhere, characters are unappealing and badly written, puzzles are uninspiring and commit at least three Adventure Gaming Sins, and the entire end chapter of the game felt like I was actually being tortured. I'm sure the Gabriel Knight series is good but as far as I'm concerned this is where Jane Jensen's reputation dies. Avoid at all costs.
Ultimately, Moebius' technical glitches and visual blemishes mean nothing. In a stronger game, with good writing and consistent puzzle design, they'd be small distractions. But Moebius' ugliness goes right to its core, with a misogynistic tone, awful main character and poor storytelling.
The premise nicely informs the sturdy-if-unspectacular gameplay framework, Malachi Rector is a well realised and fascinating character and the story is smart, but those sound fundamentals are in constant battle against jittery Sims-esque character models, wildly inconsistent art and a slew of mild technical issues.
If you like a straightforward plot and don't mind Lovecraftian-like animations.
The most insidious thing about Moebius is that you don't know how wretched it truly is until the very end. Sure, it's tedious, stupid, ugly and glitchy, but you don't really grasp it until all of that culminates in the last act.
At its core, Moebius: Empire Rising is a graphic adventure game that unravels with Rector's investigations into scientific theory––namely, the Moebius Theory, which argues that history follows a cyclical pattern, thanks to a fourth dimension.