Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) here to share my thoughts on Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller. I received a copy of the game for review purposes back in May 2015. Like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game. This review is also my latest transfer from my old website, UGR, now updated and corrected.
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is an episodic, point and click, adventure game. Jane Jensen, the creator of the Gabriel Knight series, was story consultant too. There are a few similarities to Gabriel Knight in story and some of its design such as it’s map setup.
The story follows a Boston based FBI agent named Erica Reed. The story begins with her attempted rescue of her brother who had been the target of a serial killer. The same serial killer that Erica had been trying to catch for months. Her attempt to save her brother ends in failure and ultimately the case is closed due to months of no progress. As the story progresses she begins finding glimpses of The Cain Killer in her latest cases. This ultimately winds up triggering a series of events that lead Erica to a final showdown with The Cain Killer himself.
The game features a branching storyline as well. Your choices during key points in the story determine how the next scene will play out. Your choice can have good or bad consequences and you’ll have to live with them.
Erica possess an ability that allows her to see past events using her “intuition”. This ability is utilized throughout the course of the game to aid Erica in finding clues. New abilities are unlocked as Erica hones her intuition. They winds up playing a vital role later in solving her later cases..
The game focuses on its excellent story more so than its puzzle solving. This results in puzzles that are fairly simple to figure out.
Sections of the game exist where Erica will need to answer multiple choice questions. This is mostly to recap what you learned in your case so far. If you happen to make an incorrect choice, you’ll need to redo them. I recommend searching every nook and cranny of each area. That way you’ll be able to answer the questions easily.
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is an excellent journey and I had a lot of fun playing it. The story throughout was engaging, very entertaining and the soundtrack/voice acting was equally good. The game is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of adventure games like myself, it was a great experience and I look forward to seeing what the second season will bring in the future.
Thanks for reading my review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!