A First Look at Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- The Hangman by Becky

Posted by: Becky

A First Look at Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- The Hangman by Becky - 10/27/12 11:54 AM


This is a dark, gritty tale that takes place in contemporary Boston. The prologue opens as Erica Reed, FBI agent, follows the trail of a serial killer who enjoys torturing his victims before killing them. As the Prologue unfolds, Erica is lured into a graveyard by this lunatic killer. The result is brutal and disturbing.

Fast forward to the current day, and Erica is at her desk, upset because the serial killer's last crime has been officially declared a cold case. She is called away on a new case – a victim strung up and hung from a pipe in a tumble-down building on the outskirts of town.



Graphic Visions

The story is tense and dramatic, with emotions running strong and with spicy language to match. Erica is a zealous agent, certain that her gut instincts are correct. She has an unusual talent – the ability to touch items or people and see scenes from the recent past. (She calls this her “intuition.”) This can be a huge benefit to investigating crimes and discovering truths – but each flashback is so brief that, unless Erica fully understands the context, the implications can be misleading. The visions can also spiral out of her control, showing her more than she wishes to see.

The graphics in Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller are reminiscent of a stylish graphic novel. They are hand drawn, featuring unusual lighting and quirky angles. Character animation is rather stiff. The background music ranges from vivid and throbbing to ritualistic and ominous. Voiceovers are expressive and believable.

This is a game played from the third person perspective with a point-and-click interface. Some of the challenges involve inventory items and some are set pieces requiring pattern analysis. Intriguingly, Erica’s “post-cognitive” abilities are woven into the puzzle challenges, as the player can use Erica’s intuition on certain objects to see what has recently happened to the object -- or to gain insight into what is unfolding in the object’s general vicinity.

A Date with the Hangman

The game is releasing in four episodes, the first of which -- The Hangman -- will be available on October 30th. The developers, Phoenix Online Studios, are well known for their previous episodic venture: The Silver Lining. You can find out more about Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller – The Hangman at the Phoenix Online website.

For those who like their mysteries twisty, dark, and suspenseful, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller stands ready to deliver.





Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: A First Look at Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- The Hangman by Becky - 10/27/12 11:58 AM

Thanks Becky for a great first look!

Ana wave
Posted by: Mad

Re: A First Look at Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- The Hangman by Becky - 10/27/12 01:39 PM

Thank you, Becky. An interesting read smile

Personally, though, I'm going to wait until all the episodes are released and then go the whole playing hog laugh
Posted by: kjos

Re: A First Look at Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- The Hangman by Becky - 10/27/12 06:34 PM

Playing the demo now looks like a cool game.
Richard
Posted by: Haroula

Re: A First Look at Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- The Hangman by Becky - 10/28/12 04:12 AM

Thanks Becky wave
Posted by: venus

Re: A First Look at Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- The Hangman by Becky - 10/29/12 05:55 PM

Fantastic, thanks for the first look, Becky! I may or may not be able to play it tomorrow, as we are in the path of the hurricane. frown

But I will definitely play it as soon as I can. grin Really looking forward to it!
Posted by: KatieHal

Re: A First Look at Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- The Hangman by Becky - 10/30/12 12:01 PM

Thanks Becky! And as of today, it is available for one and all! smile

An excellent way to pass time in a hurricane, IMO wink
Posted by: BubbaJake

Re: A First Look at Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- The Hangman by Becky - 10/31/12 05:20 PM

My only problem with this game, and it is my own, why is she ANOTHER Reed? IS she a sister? Why ANOTHER Reed? I personally REALLY like Carol Reed. This does not mean I do not have room in my heart for Erica. But can't she have another name (let her get married) just to cut down on confusion?
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: A First Look at Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- The Hangman by Becky - 10/31/12 05:31 PM

lol I wondered the exact same thing when it first was announced. With the popularity of the Carol Reed games, it just seemed confusing to me. duh
Posted by: MaG

Re: A First Look at Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- The Hangman by Becky - 10/31/12 07:11 PM

Quote:
(let her get married)


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