(I’m putting off playing my last 30 minutes of Ghosts Within until I get some revelatory dream or hint…)
I played The Golden Heist this morning and I liked it very much.
I’m a sucker for Greek and Roman antiquity. This story takes place after the Great Fire of Rome, a very interesting period as the empire descended into decadence, but also welcomed Greek, Egyptian and Eastern influences. This is nicely reflected in the description of the palace and the party.
I would have loved to click a button to see a map of ancient Rome during Nero’s reign.
There are a lot of character-defining choices throughout the story. I went with the more cerebrial and peaceloving ones.
I loved the background music at the beginning, but the murmuring of the guests inside the palace sounded tinny. I also heard one woman say “Yeah!” in a very American voice. Perhaps a different source of background conversation? Also, the sound of pots and pans clanging and meat-cleavers chopping in the kitchens would drown out the murmuring from the feast, would they not?
The story is exciting, the protagonist relatable on his own but also malleable through choices. I enjoyed the company of the NPC of my choice, even though he was rude and sometimes downright demeaning.
I like very much that this game takes place during one of the defining periods of the later Roman Empire, but is also inconsequential to the flow of general history. Heroic/foolish/vengeful as your actions may be, they do not impede the greater history of Rome. You’re a bystander that gets involved for a brief moment.
Another round of proofreading wouldn’t hurt. I saw a few language errors along the way. (When standing up after the flyer-landing, apparently only one of my legs shakes?)
A very good game/story with good pacing and memorable characters.
PS: To anyone interested: The novel Neropolis by Hubert Monteilhet is set in this same time-period.
Kaeso, the protagonist (note the Greek “K”), embodies the changing Rome, the militaristic influences of the past through his father, the cultural finesse of Greece through his education and the voluptuous luxury of Egypt and the East through his adoptive mother and his proximity to Nero, and he is introduced to the more individualistic and introspective ethic through his acquaintance with two of Jesus’ apostles. It was great to have all this running in the back of my mind while I was playing The Golden Heist.