Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today is a port to PS4 and Xbox One of a PC game released in 2015 from developer Fictiorama Studios and publisher Daedalic Entertainment. A Kickstarter campaign helped the team of 3 brothers and an artist friend fund the development for PC and its success has led to other platforms now.
Dead Synchronicity is an old school point and click style game, players go from screen to screen, talk to NPC’s, and collect items. Players take the role of a man named Michael who awakes to a post-apocalyptic world with no memory of how he got there or his past. This world has suffered a great catastrophe called “The Great Wave”. This destroyed the world as we know it and some people are forced to live in a camp with very little to survive with. As if that wasn’t enough, Michael also finds out that some people are infected with an unknown illness and a called “the dissolved”. What could be causing all of this?
Players are introduced to various characters in the camp, starting with Rod, who attempts to inform and help Michael as much as he can, given the situation. All of the characters players encounter offer conversation options and sometimes clues to puzzles that continue the story. When I say puzzles, they are basically just situations that players must either find or use items they already have with other items, objects, or characters. The best help I can offer for this is to use your L trigger and highlight all interactive items, scanning through them with your d-pad, looking for items you can pick up. Don’t be afraid to use items in your inventory on various things, many of the trophies are awarded for ironic attempts at actions. Some are very creative and funny.
Dead Synchronicity is supposedly an episodic game, but unless I missed something, this was never made apparent in the game itself; I only discovered this in my research on the internet. It does explain how sudden the ending is, and that the game is rather short. I do hope they do another, the writers left much unexplained.
Overall the story is decent, the art style is very interesting, and the voice actors do their best with what is sometimes a rather corny script, “Dude”. I also found there to be a lack of ambient music. Many times you hear nothing, maybe it was meant to creep players out, but it falls flat. Unless you enjoy this style of game though, like many of the recent Telltale games, you will not get much out of Dead Synchronicity. If however you do like these games like me, I recommend it.
I found myself enjoying Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today, but I did not find the game to be worth the $19.99 price tag. Maybe I am spoiled with Telltale’s episodic games, but Dead Synchronicity felt dated comparatively and if it is a planned episodic game, I did not feel it held up to that price. If you can catch it on a sale though, or if they eventually publish every episode in the future for a good price, go for it.
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today is available for PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. This review is based on a PS4 copy provided for review purposes.
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