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Far into the future, corporations have rapidly expanded to the point of having more sway over people’s lives than true nation states. Still looking to expand their grasp even further, this necessitates orbital space station workers. After an incident on just such a station, Tacoma, you’re tasked with going in and securing some high-grade AI hardware for the Venturis Corporation in the original crew’s absence.
The station itself presents a well-realised tactile world, brought to life by the detritus of everyday life you interact with as well as excellent sound design and voice work.
The old crew’s day-to-day-doings were constantly recorded and from these recoverable files you’re able to piece together what happened. 1 This does place you in the awkward position of arriving after most of the action has already taken place but what you uncover quickly puts that out of your mind. This core storytelling gimmick is compelling narratively though underutilised mechanically. Puzzles are light affairs, chiefly consisting of hunting for door codes. The first time you spy a crew member typing in the code you need makes for a neat eureka moment but quickly goes the way of diminishing returns thereafter. 2
Though Tacoma’s crew inhabit a far flung future with problems to match, I found myself believing in their relationships. The high-concept sci-fi setup, while compelling, quickly began to play second fiddle to these emotional threads, with a resolution I bizarrely found myself less invested in despite its high stakes. In light of that, no-one’s in any rush to return to Tacoma itself but I certainly want to catch up with the crew again. Jess Kinghorn
FOOTNOTES1 You can follow each crew member as they drift in and out of multiple conversations. 2 Especially as no-one can remember a four-digit code off the top of their head.
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