FLOWER WALK WITH ME
While Virginia isn’t the kind of game to which Achievements and Trophies seem particularly well suited, Variable State has adopted a playful approach to the optional accomplishments, with enigmatic descriptions to be deciphered. The presence of flowers in some scenes at first appears to be a jarring addition – collectibles in a game such as this? – but it steadily becomes one of the many recurring motifs, fitting neatly alongside the northern cardinal, the buffalo, the broken key and Halperin’s treasured locket. It’s a rare opportunity to take pause, and the act itself is peculiarly satisfying as Tarver plucks the bloom gently and firmly from the earth. Those you’ve collected will show up in later scenes, aiding the illusion that your actions carry some weight.