11-11: Memories Retold
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11-11: Memories Retold doesn't attempt to tell a grand tale about World War 1, instead it decides to take a more personal approach. Following 2 soldiers as they take part in The Great War for personal reasons. The adventure is a deeply enriching tale about endurance, friendship, and honor where large-scale fights take a back seat. The abundance of collectibles and technical issues sometimes hamper the experience but these are minor issues. 11-11: Memories Retold is a moving tale of 2 soldiers trying to survive The Great War without killing thousands of NPCs and lots of guns.
Aardman's first real foray into video games is a valiant effort with a memorable war-time tale and stunning presentation
11-11: Memories Retold tells a deeply touching human tale of war. Of one man seeking a grand adventure and heroism. Of another man attempting to reunite his fractured family. Of the many who lost their lives serving their respective countries.
While the gameplay isn’t particularly thrilling, more often than not it still services a well-told story in a gorgeously realized game.
A respectful, sombre window into a conflict that's famously difficult to tackle in gaming. Struggles to maintain a consistent flow at times but boasts one of the most compelling narratives of any recent war game.
An aesthetically beautiful and deeply personal look at a very significant yet, troubling time in human history. Delving into the lives of the two men on opposing sides who enter the war for very human reasons and whose lives are deeply affected by each other and the war itself, is taxing, moving and as a narrative experience, poignant and worthwhile.
11-11: Memories Retold is an absolutely glorious story of love and loss during the brutality of The Great War. It’s story is believable and educational and it’s told through the eyes of two men who I felt genuinely attached to
And that’s the thing about 11-11 Memories Retold – should I expect to be surprised? Should I rightfully hope to learn something? Should I expect the medium to be used in a new way to make me think about things differently? Is this video game just not for me? Who then, is it for? I’m upset that 11-11 can be both so serious and so inane, so against-the-grain yet so grimly uninventive. I’m bothered by the feeling of myself being bored by this game when its earnestness and thematic content tells me that my entertainment here shouldn’t necessarily be the point. Where is my empathy? Why can’t I think of the poor soldiers, civilians, etc., the people who lived through this? I like that it tries to work against the video game paradigm of glorifying violence; I hate how it gave me the longest five hours of my life in the process. Press “F” for feelings and so on.
This is a singular dramatic achievement in the adventure game genre, with high production values and a superb narrative.
11-11 Memories Retold is an amazing virtual monument to the casualties of World War I. Its story about two ordinary soldiers that are drafted to war against their will, is told in an unique, borderline experimental way. And it's one of the rare games that will make you think not about just solving logic puzzles, but about the cruelty of war and its repercussions.
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