One of the most interesting games of the year is coming next month. Bold words, I know, but how else would you frame a film noir game set in a world of anthropomorphic animals? I love a good detective story, and the new gameplay trailer for Blacksad: Under the Skin pulls back the curtain, so we can see how it actually plays.
I’ll be honest – it’s a mixed bag. The good is that there are choices everywhere, and they appear to make a difference. Blacksad infiltrates a bad guy’s office and starts looking for clues. The trailer only shows one way to play, but it gives you multiple options. After almost getting caught, snooping around the office gives you information and starts to piece together a narrative. Blacksad will internally monologue about everything.
Later, you are faced with another choice, and it could be huge. Do you step into a situation to save someone, or do you wait and see how it plays out? Blacksad seems like a game that may have “good” and “bad” choices where the end isn’t what it appeared to be. I like that a lot. I could take or leave the QTEs.
On the bad side, if the video reflects the final quality of the game, the game is not as polished as it should be. There is dropped dialogue, incorrect subtitles, audio issues, and some video transitions that could be smoother. That was in about 25 minutes of video. It’s not awful or unplayable, but it is noticeable. I’m hoping it’s from an earlier build of the game or there is a patch to fix these problems, but why would you release a trailer with problems for a game releasing November 5?
If you are still intrigued by Blacksad: Under the Skin (and I am), you really should check out the gameplay video. I only intended to watch some of it, and I watched the whole thing. The concept is good. If the execution can be improved, I really look forward to playing it.