The genre of FMV interactive cinema has been getting a lot of love the past couple years. With more and more high production offerings hitting steam at movie ticket prices; is Erica worth bringing the theater to you? Read on to find out!
Seeing as this is more or less a movie with choices peppered in at certain points I won’t delve too much into the plot in case anyone reading might be interested. Erica is at it’s heart a suspenseful thriller of a teenage girl who is sent to a hospital after receiving severed hands in the mail. Yes this interactive movie gets gory. It gets real gross at times to be honest. If you aren’t fond of blood and bodily mutilation, you might want to steer clear. For those still interested I will take the rest of this review discussing Erica’s overall presentation.
Acting was good if not a little wooden at times. Good atmosphere was a highlight but nothing scary. In fact I’d say the movie would have done very well if it skipped the theaters and went to a streaming service like Netflix. Instead we got a game that pretends you have choice, makes you interact often in ways that don’t add any depth or enjoyment, and holds your hand so aggressively you might as well just go with the directors vision for sanity’s sake.
Erica was a bad game that could have been a decent movie. If you want a proper interactive FMV game experience; grab “Late Shift”, “The Infectious Madness of Doctor. Dekker or “The Bunker” which are all on steam for roughly the same price but with considerably better interaction.. That said if you can find it on sale for around six dollars I’d say it’s worth one play through. C-
*This game was provided to Game Octane for free. All opinions held within are solely the articles author’s.
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- Acting and story was good as was sound design
- Illusion of free choice and direction in most instances
- No scene selection or a plot tree to show you what has been seen/unlocked
- Replay value exists but good luck feeling motivated for a second viewing.