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Thursday, 9 October 2008

Initial Thoughts On "Linger In Shadows"

I got home today and - with nothing else catching my fancy - splurged on Linger In Shadows. Here comes the science bit about this £1.99 PSN download: This is NOT a game. In the menu itself there is a section about the demoscene and the fact that this is considered to be interactive art designed to make you want to just look around and interact as things unfold around you.

Interactive art, it has to be said, has never looked so good! There is great brushed look to the whole thing with everything being 'drawn' around the field of view as you progress through the piece.

First I would recommend using the first option in the menu screen called "watch". This lets you simply watch the story unfold. Once done I recommend only then moving onto the "Linger" section, as this is some seriously screwy stuff.

Using the motion controls and face buttons you control various aspects of the scenes in sequence such as switching on a creature's 'eyes'.

This is not technically a game though I must say I found the experience to be cathartic in the same vein as Flow; you simply enjoy the experience and let it wash over you after some serious Call Of Duty fraggage.

Overall I really like the concept and execution of this piece. However be warned - this is not going to replace your latest LBP fixation. It will simply be a pretty diversion for an hour or so at a time.

The best thing about this groundbreaking purchase? A steal at £1.99 combined with trophy support for those silverware junkies out there.

If you have a spare £1.99 in your online wallet, I highly recommend showing Linger In Shadows some love. If you go in with an open mind you are unlikely to be disappointed.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Majiesto said...

I purchased this today, just cause I wanted to see this interactive art in motion. Honestly, I have no idea what was going on storywise but I absolutely loved the music. That was my favorite. It was cool interacting with the environment but, like you said, it's enjoyed in short spurts.

12 October 2008 02:33  
Blogger DolphGB said...

Having been part of the Amiga demoscene back in the day, I was particularly pleased to see a nod to my favourite group - Kefrens - in the 'hidden part', which in itself brought back floods of memories due to its oldschool style. And I got a bunch of new trophies in the process of unlocking it too! Top marks...

12 October 2008 11:34  
Blogger Danny_D said...

I avoided this post until I experienced Linger In Shadows myself.

Without giving anything away, I was captivated with the controls, sound, and visuals...

And the way they turned it into a "game" with the trophy hunting was very fitting.

I wonder exactly where my $2.99 went though. I hope mainly towards the demoscene.

14 October 2008 18:35  

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