2064: Read Only Memories
A point-and-click adventure with a bit too much exposition.
It’s easy to forget with our current technology that point-and-click adventures were a hugely popular genre. These adventure games relied solely on story-driven experiences and puzzles. In a way, point-and-click games have fallen by the wayside in favor of non-stop action and high-def graphics, but they can still be relevant given the right story. 2064: Read Only Memories Integral has the right kind of story that reflects current events.
The lengthy intro gives you your first glimpse of the main theme, which reflects a future where the rich get richer and the poor are left in the dust. Technology has developed to the point where people are augmenting themselves. There are those who embrace this technology (and greedy corporations are at the ready to deliver it) and others that do whatever it takes to rebel against this new norm.
Sound familiar? In a way, we have seen these themes before in other futuristic cyberpunk-esque settings. When you dive into the plot, you’ll notice story beats treading common ground. An all-new AI that doesn’t match the norms? Check. A down-on-his-luck journalist working on potentially the story of a lifetime? Check. Corporate sabotage, greed, and corruption? Check, check, check.
While the themes are familiar, 2064 does a great job of showing all sides of the story with its characters. Each one is voiced extremely well by a stellar cast of actors and actresses. Each character looks and sounds unique, and fit really well in this futuristic world. It’s easy to care for the good guys and boo the bad guys in 2064.
Despite the excellent voice acting, 2064 is hit with a problem that befalls many point-and-click adventure games. It has a story to tell and does so with a bunch of dialogue. Yes, exposition is the name of the game with 2064. It’s fine at the start of the game, but as you put more hours in, and as characters talk about the same themes over and over, the exposition gets a little too long-winded. I found myself skimming and clicking skip in order to speed things along. It’s difficult to find the right amount of dialogue to include in a game, and it felt like it was too much here.
Of course, you won’t be reading the whole time. 2064 is a classic point-and-click adventure where you search for clues, find items, and interact with the environment. Progressing the story along isn’t too challenging and includes a good mix of obvious answers to ones that require you to recall what has happened in previous moments of the game. You can interact with a wide variety of things in the game, some of which help progress the story while others lead to dead ends.
Some of your actions may have consequences in future parts of the game, which I found out pretty quickly after I made a choice that didn’t go the way I planned. That being said, 2064 doesn’t exactly punish you for making these wrong choices. This is a good thing for players who want to interact with every possible detail on every scene. You can take your time to look at everything and talk to everyone, or you can get right to the point and only investigate the things that progress the story. Taking your time will allow you to access some fun little mini-games, and they are worth it.
2064: Read Only Memories Integral is a point-and-click adventure with a bit too much exposition. The puzzles and story are very well done. But in this day and age, too much exposition can make a game drag and become boring. That’s where 2064 suffers the most. If you can stand it, then you will no doubt enjoy the characters and voice acting.
Editor’s Note: Rectify Gaming Editor Scott Anderson received a code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.