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    ....................MyCatTilly Presents,
    What I Really Thought:

    The Phantom of Venice



    Nancy has been called to Venice, Italy to help the Italian police uncover the truth behind a masked thief. Her detective skills are put to the test when she must go undercover and complete secret tasks, spy on suspects, snoop in places she doesn’t belong and infiltrate a dangerous crime ring.

    Ok, so the plot is rather farfetched but it works. This is the first time we’ve gone undercover and had it actually feel like we were undercover. It’s a really unique storyline, and a really unique game overall (amongst the other ND games, anyway)

    On the other hand I absolutely hate the opening. If you’ve played the game (or the demo) you know, that the game begins with you in the middle of snooping then something happens that sparks a flashback. I can respect HER’s effort to mix it up, I just hope they don’t do something like this again.

    the plot gets 8/10

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    Graphics and Setting

    The graphics look pretty good. The characters look nice, although they are still plagued by the blurriness that began in CLK but, it isn’t nearly as bad. Some of the backgrounds are gorgeous, others look very cut and paste.

    The setting is great. We get to go to a lot of different places, although getting from place to place could be a chore.

    combined: 7/10

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    There aren’t as many little puzzles in VEN as there are in the typical ND game, and I really appreciate that. Puzzles can be fun, but VEN spends most of it’s time on snooping, sleuthing and undercover work which is far more exciting and believable.

    There is one activity that is just way too silly and takes away from the mood of the game.

    There are multiple puzzles/activities that leave Nancy’s first person view. I said it before, and I’ll say it again: I don’t like third person in my ND games, thank you very much.

    But overall, I give them 8/10

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    The characters in VEN are fantastic. They’re dimensional with back stories and amusing personalities. You uncover motives and evidence for each of them as the game progresses. That may sound kind of obvious but a few of the past games have missed that element.

    HER upped the interaction level too, which was needed. Maybe they do listen? (Well, when I finally write my HAU review, I’m sure I’ll be saying the exact opposite)


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    Ending *Spoiler Free*

    The ending was a let down. It wasn’t terrible, just more of a puzzle than something that required quick thinking. My all time favorite endings are DDI, FIN, SHA and GDML. I much prefer that kind of thinking and problem solving (along with that level of threat and excitement) and I don’t think I’m the only one.

    I give it 4/10

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    There are some really great things about VEN. The characters, the increased amount of snooping and sleuthing, the great plot twists, and the undercover work. Yet, there’s something about it that just makes me feel disconnected from it. I suppose part of that comes from the third person sections, but I also think it comes from a lack of mood or theme. It sort of has the same vibe of DAN in that, it has no vibe.

    But, simply put, it’s a good game.

    Overall score: 7/10
    Creepiness (10 equals terrifying): 2/10
    Difficulty (10 equals hair pulling): 5/10

    "Should I buy this game?"

    There isn't a single ND game that I wouldn't recommend. If you end up not enjoying this game, don't let that stop you from trying others in the series. There is a ton of variety.

    Happy Gaming!
    Last edited by MyCatTilly; June 19, 2010, 10:35 AM.
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  • #2
    I agree completely! Great review!
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    • #3
      Great review! I agree with you on basically everything! Reps 4 you!

      … … … … … … … … … … … She is clothed with:
      s t r e n g t h . .&. . d i g n i t y
      and she laughs with no fear of the future |Proverbs 31:25


      • #4
        I agree!! I love your reviews!! Reps to you!!
        can you dig it?
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        • #5
          I agree 1000000000000%. Great review!

          SCK | STFD | MHM | TRT | FIN | SSH | DOG | CAR | DDI | SHA | CUR | CLK | TRN | DAN | CRE | ICE | VEN | RAN | WAC

          Thanks if you helped me with anything!


          • #6
            This is a wonderful review. Thanks so much for sharing your opinion with us all! I know I can't give you reps for all of your great reviews, but I will for this one!
            neverending song

            So far from me walks your dear self
            So far from me too is your home
            to which I can never find my way
            your fairy tale...


            • #7
              WOW! i loved ur review! I agree with everything u said...ima look at ur other reviews now lol!
              Behind This Smile Is So Much More
              If there were storms for every time I cry they would be all severe....
              If there were earthquakes for everytime I fall in my knees they would be unexplanable....
              If there was....Hurricanes for everytime I told you that I loved you
              from the bottom of my heart, but you didn't believe me so....
              The World Would Fall Apart...
              __Nancy_Drew_Cat __


              • #8
                Yay! You finally liked the characters! I did too I'm surprised you didn't mention the PDA and disguises. That was so fun. And spying. That's why this is my fave game. Even though I found the puzzles difficult.
                Just solved my first dossier! Summer break and I'm on an ND roll :)