No Bruises, no scars, but a lot of wine

So, I got hit by a car while riding my bike on the Sunday just gone and was left mostly unscathed, despite everyone hoping for the worst including Nick who was left waiting an additional 10 minutes for me to meet him and wasn’t impressed with my lateness. All I could think about while the 2005 Skoda Fabia parked up on the side of the road and I lay on the floor like a dying whale clad in lyrca while a 70 year old Tesco worker hurried out was all the really pathetic voice and text notes I’ve left on my phone about bad jokes I thought were funny for when I eventually start doing stand-up. I’ve only been saying I’ll do for the last nine years. It’s not happened yet.

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I also wondered who would continue my legacy of writing three to four articles every two years at Tech Nuovo, the masses of readers who will be without a literary great. Who will keep you updated with Kim Jong-Un news? A sad loss indeed.

Well fear not I’m still here but today I’m feeling sorry for myself and my wrist hurts too much to play League so I’ve loaded up the dreaded Epic Games Store to look over the ever increasing library and picked out Where the Water Tastes Like Wine – because it looked sad and I’m feeling sorry for myself, like my friend Gadd when he loses his lane in League of Legends and it’s everyone else’s fault.

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine a single player narrative adventure based game set in depression America developed by Dim Bulb Games and Serenity Forge. I’m not really selling it am I?

What if I told you the game starts by losing a hand of poker to a wolf voiced by Sting, and you’re turned into a undead skeleton and tasked with collecting stories from the depression era America. Does that sound a bit more unique? Because it is. Visually the game didn’t really strike me despite its hand drawn visuals, although there are some beautiful parts. Some of the maps are a bit barren early game, but visuals shouldn’t be a reason to pick up this game. The soundtrack however should be. It’s beautiful. A vibrant and atmospheric soundtrack that accompanies the game. Trust me right now; type in “Heavy Hands – Where The Water Tastes Like Wine” for a feel of the theme of this game and never underestimate the power of music for setting a scene.

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The stories you collect grow as you travel around and you get to see some of the details get blown out of proportion as all great stories do.

The side quests for me add to the fun of the game, with memorable characters sharing their stories once you have successfully wowed them by curating a story’s you have collected with them. I’m trying to not give too much away story wise, as it is heavily reliant on this.

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Late game unfortunately it does tend to lose some of its charm and the controls sometimes are frustrating. Do you want a click or a drag? Make your mind up! But let’s face, it this isn’t a long game – somewhere between five and 10 hours to complete and it’s currently £14.99 if you weren’t lucky enough to pick it up as a free game a few weeks back from the Epic Store. If you want to listen to some beautiful music and stories and learn the importance of a good narrative with great voice acting, something we often lack in videogames, then this is it. Go into this wanting a story and a chilled game to play. Think ‘walking sim’ and you won’t be disappointed. You should pick this up, thank me later. This one gets a 9/10 from me.

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