1979 REVO­LU­TION: BLACK FRI­DAY

It’s not about get­ting cut-price TVs

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - CONTEST -

Un­doubt­edly in­flu­enced by Tell­tale’s pop­u­lar nar­ra­tive ad­ven­tures, 1979 Revo­lu­tion al­lows you to ex­pe­ri­ence and leave your mark on the protests aimed at over­throw­ing the Ira­nian monar­chy. You step into the shoes of Reza Shi­razi, a pho­to­jour­nal­ist who re­turns to Tehran just as the events in his home coun­try pick up speed. Reza gets roped into a con­flict that’s com­pletely new to him, mak­ing him the per­fect ves­sel for play­ers un­fa­mil­iar with Iran’s his­tory. You pick up interesting facts about Ira­nian cul­ture, too, ei­ther through con­ver­sa­tion, or by study­ing mag­a­zines, letters and Reza’s own pho­to­graphs. 1

The pho­to­graphs are an im­por­tant el­e­ment. While tak­ing them amounts to noth­ing more than find­ing your mo­tive and press­ing q at the right time, they’re ev­i­dence used to both fur­ther and hin­der the revo­lu­tion’s progress.

You don’t take the role of a protest leader like in Detroit: Be­come Hu­man, but you are asked to de­cide for or against vi­o­lence, or to me­di­ate dur­ing con­ver­sa­tions. There are also QTEs and sim­i­lar me­chan­ics sprin­kled in to in­crease the ten­sion. Un­for­tu­nately 1979 Revo­lu­tion isn’t a good-look­ing game, which leads to many high-stakes scenes look­ing in­vol­un­tar­ily funny. This, as well as se­ri­ous drops in the frame rate and a some­timesclunky cam­era are the big­gest draw­backs to an oth­er­wise great ex­pe­ri­ence.

To make a game based on real events can be dif­fi­cult, but thanks to the nu­anced writ­ing2 it be­comes clear that in such a con­flict, there is no black and white. It’s an earnest at­tempt at tack­ling real events, teach­ing you about a foreign cul­ture in the process. Malindy Het­feld

FOOTNOTES1 You can com­pare in-game snaps to real pictures of the protests taken by pho­to­jour­nal­ist Michel Set­boun. 2 The mu­sic and voice act­ing, all by Amer­i­can-Ira­nian artists, are great, too.

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