State Of Mind
Developer/publisher Daedelic Entertainment Format PC, PS4, Xbox One Release 2017
We’re hardly lacking for bleak near-future settings, nor utopian virtual worlds, but State Of Mind, whose story comes from the pen of author Martin Ganteföhr, presents a potentially thoughtprovoking duality. Playing as a Berlin-based journalist, you chance upon a clandestine VR project, to which your mind and those of your wife and son have been transferred. But the data transfer for your own upload hasn’t fully worked, leaving you existing in both the real world and as a fragmentary identity within another reality. With the ability to switch between both realms, your objective is to locate your family and reunify your two existences. The angular art style is striking, while the choice of soul singer Faada Freddy to soundtrack the trailer suggests this will be a more distinctive kind of dystopia than we’re used to.