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    genkicoll

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    The Path

    Post by genkicoll on Thu Jun 05, 2014 5:47 pm

    The Path
    by Tale of Tales - March, 2009

    Available at:
    GamersGate
    Steam



    There is one rule in the game. And it needs to be broken.
    There is one goal. And when you attain it, you die.

    Six sisters live in an apartment in the city. One by one their mother sends them on an errand to their grandmother, who is sick and bedridden. The teenagers are instructed to go to grandmother's house deep in the forest and, by all means, to stay on the path! Wolves are hiding in the woods, just waiting for little girls to stray.
    But young women are not exactly known for their obedience, are they? Will they be able to resist the temptations of the forest? Will they stay clear of danger? Can they prevent the ancient tale from being retold?
    The Path is a game about growing, about changing, about making choices, about accepting the consequences of these choices. A game about playing, and failing, about embracing life, perhaps by accepting death.

    Key Features:
    The Path is a short horror game inspired by older versions of Little Red Riding hood, set in modern day.

    The Path offers an atmospheric experience of exploration, discovery and introspection through a unique form of gameplay, designed to immerse you deeply into its dark themes. Every interaction in the game expresses an aspect of the narrative. The six protagonists each have their own age and personality and allow the player to live through the tale in different ways. Most of the story, however, relies on your active imagination.

    The Path is designed with accessibility in mind. There are no ticking clocks or monsters to defeat. No hard puzzles will ever halt your progress. Most activities in the game are entirely optional and voluntary. The player has all the freedom in the world to explore and experience. The Path is a Slow Game.

    While The Path does not contain any graphic violence or sexuality, it does allude to these themes. The overall melancholy mood of the game and the potentially unsettling course of events, make The Path unsuitable for children. Despite of its origins in fairy tales, The Path is decidedly a game for the mature mind.

    The Path is an independently created video game. It was developed with digital distribution in mind. But despite the small file size of the installer, the game features a complete realtime 3D environment that can be explored through third person navigation. The characters in this virtual world, including the player's avatars, are governed by a form of artificial intelligence that gives them some autonomy. As a result, nobody knows exactly what you will encounter on your journeys.

    Next to the multi-layered stylized graphics, The Path features a continuous soundtrack composed by goth rock diva Jarboe (ex-Swans). In fact, there are hardly any sound effects in the game. Instead the music is continuously changing according to what is happening in the game. Like the behaviours of the characters, the music too is never exactly the same twice.

    For a satisfying experience, it takes about 6 hours to complete the game.




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    marianne

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    Re: The Path

    Post by marianne on Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:22 am

    Excellent review genki.  Really well done.  When I began this game, I thought it weird...first reaction.  It's just that it is different.  It was highly recommended by steam friends and I'm glad I have it.  A very interesting experience.

    I do feel it is important to read the walkthroughs as they tell the story of the game which you miss out on while playing.  It's a complex and in-depth story.


    http://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/939962-the-path/faqs/56179

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    Re: The Path

    Post by genkicoll on Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:02 am

    Oh that's interesting! OH!  You have to read the walkthrough to understand the story?  So do you recommend reading it before, after, or during gameplay.

    P.S.  The info in the first post was not written by me; it's the official description on Steam! Big smile


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    Re: The Path

    Post by marianne on Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:43 pm

    Read it anytime.  There is no real w/t.  This link explains what the story means in the lives of females and how they grow from children to adults in various cultural versions of little red riding hood.

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    Re: The Path

    Post by kac on Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:23 am

    Sounds interesting.  The Steam sale will be in less than a month.

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    Re: The Path

    Post by marianne on Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:46 am

    kac wrote:Sounds interesting.  The Steam sale will be in less than a month.

    Aahhh...so I have a sale to look forward to.  Yippee...good to know.

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    Re: The Path

    Post by kac on Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:40 am

    It is just like the sale that had at Christmas.  Generally starts July 4th or so.

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    Re: The Path

    Post by marianne on Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:05 am

    kac wrote:It is just like the sale that had at Christmas.  Generally starts July 4th or so.

    Thanks kac.  I'm going to start checking the games to see what I might want case they are in the sale.

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