Indigo Prohpecy

I’ve just finished Indigo Prophecy (also known as Fahrenheit, which I think is a cooler name), a cinematic action-adventure game by French developer Quantic Dream. I’m posting about it here because it is probably of interest to readers of this site: though it’s not really a proper horror game, the creepy factor is pretty high in a couple of key scenes. The game takes notable influence from a range of films, including one very obvious reference to Silence of the Lambs. But even if horror isn’t the central theme, I’m recommending Indigo Prophecy to you because it’s a pretty awesome game.

I think the closest analog to Indigo Prophecy is the Shenmue series: a compelling storyline unfolds with the use of adventure game mechanics, quick time events (also employed to good effect in Resident Evil 4), and conversation trees. The presentation is incredibly cinematic, and the developers often employ a Steven Soderbergh-esque effect where the view is split between several different camera angles simultaneously. The quick time events are all analog stick based, which ends up being less frustrating than Shenmue 2’s D-Pad/Button system without becoming any less challenging. Though the game sort of falls apart at the very end, the story is, for the most part, extremely interesting, especially because it is told from the viewpoints of a variety of different characters. There’s something extremely compelling about playing a man who finds himself at the scene of a murder as well as the police who must try to track him down.

Though it isn’t perfect, Indigo Prophecy is an extremely well-done game, and I think that it’s something that anybody who is a fan of the horror or adventure genre will enjoy.

8 thoughts on “Indigo Prohpecy

  1. The first half of the game is great. Then it gets a bit silly. Shame. This really should have been something special if they thought about the ending more.

    Still…it’s up there as my 3rd fave game of this year.

  2. Agreed. The last hour of the game is pretty weak, but I think this is because the story was intended originally to be episodic. I feels like they ran out of time once they realized that episodes weren’t going to happen, and they threw together the end of the story.

    Still, even with that blemish the game is pretty awesome, so I still find it easy to recommend.

  3. Ahhhh…so IT IS the same game I read about years ago. The game was going to be 6 episodes, right? but Blair Witch got there first….and failed. Then it just dissapeared for while. Well, you learn something new everyday!

    Hopefully, more game developers will take note on the immense detail and the ways in which the game world can be interacted with.

  4. Well as much as I enjoyed Indigo Prophecy, I have to say that it was waaay too short. I bought this game instead of renting it because I had played and enjoyed the demo. Unfortunately I felt like I wasted my $40 since I beat the game that same day in one sitting. I then went back and got all the other endings the next day. Despite what the box says, there’s actually very little replay value. It’s a fun compelling game, but it’s a rental for sure.

  5. Fahrenheight is one of the best games of all time, its really unique. I kinda get what ya mean about the ending going off trail abit bu then again there are several different endings to the game. I think it would have been better if it was just left as a murder and not as much of the supernatural stuff which I am personally not into and I don’t think any people are to be honest. Reckon they’ll make a sequel?

  6. haha are u sayin that nobody likes un natural tipes of stores =)?? u fuckin wako!u must be a real genus. oh and fahrenheit rulez!!!!

  7. What? Please make some effort to write clearly, or I’ll just erase your posts. You have a spell checker, use it with extreme prejudice!

  8. Omg im sorry i did not check my grammar after i finished writeing it.But it sure is funny readin it now!rofl man rofl!heres the correct version: Haha are you saying that nobody likes nu natural types of stories =)?? u fuckin WAKO! you must be a real genius. Oh and Fahrenheit RULEZ!!!

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