The Forgotten City

released on Jul 28, 2021

The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure game of exploration and deduction, and a re-imagining of the critically acclaimed mod of the same name. Combat is an option, but violence will only get you so far. Only by questioning an intertwined community of colorful characters, cleverly exploiting the time loop, and making difficult moral choices can you hope to solve this epic mystery. Here, your decisions matter. The fate of the city is in your hands.

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A sincere--and sometimes corny, in a charming 50s-60s sci-fi TV way--story! Despite being remade in Unreal Engine, it feels like a Bethesda game in the cute ways (bad face animations, sticky player movement, an extensible dialogue tree system) and in the regrettable ways (boring combat, which in this game feels like an unnecessary formality). Content-wise it's short and sweet, and made up of enough great twists to keep you intrigued to see each ending. If you liked Disco Elysium, or even just the clever RPG dialogue of New Vegas, The Forgotten City is for you.

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I was told this was similar to Outer Wilds and Return of the Obra Dinn so I had very high hopes, and while the similarities are there it just didn't grow on me.
The city has an overall cool atmosphere to it, it's really pretty and you really feel like exploring it. It's fun to experiment with the loop in the beginning, and the game has a few cool unique sequences.
But the mystery's resolution just did not live up to my expectations. ( After seeing the older "hells" buried under the city, I was expecting something more related to the succeeding civilizations and religions, or uh colonialism, imperialism, I don't know ) The true ending and the epilogue were just really not my thing.

well written. voice acting could be better. got to "ending 2", but not itching to get the other endings.

If you enjoy puzzles (though not overly complex or difficult ones) and history this is a great game. I don't care for history that much but even I was intruiged; the history was presented in managable bites that it didn't get boring. The "action" scenes were just enough to keep things lively for a bit.
The game is beautiful. The characters could use a bit more depth but good. Can't really see any flaws to this game if you are interested in a chill game with historical story.