198x Review

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Posted: 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

198X is a pastiche of different classic games brought together to tell the story of a suburban teenager stuck between the limitations of youth and the obligations of adulthood. In the game, you discover a local arcade, and through the different games find a way to make that transition to an adult world and coming to terms with your history.

"This is not just a video-game, this is the story of my life," says the narrator. What's interesting is that the games reflect the mood of the wider narrative. Each one marks a turn or deepening of some aspect of the story. This may sound heavy-handed or juvenile, but the reality is that these games work well to underline the emotion of your character.

If you played games in the 80's this is a great way to revisit some of those moments. If you've not played these games before this is a novel way to discover them, along with a window on the burgeoning importance of this new media.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/01/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative.

 

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.

ESRB TEEN with Blood, Use of Tobacco, Violence.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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