Apparently the French are good for more than just wine, cheese, and fine dining. Yes, apparently the City of Lights (I heard that’s what they call it) is a hotbed for game development. After all, Peter Molyneux is French right? And he made Fable and Black and White. WRONG. Because I just looked it up and according to Wikipedia he is apparently British. I thought at the very least he was French Canadian but nope. So scratch him off the list.
If you just click the From Paris With Games button it automatically takes you to E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy which is perfect because it is the cheapest game on the list and also one of the more interesting ones. First of all it is $1. That’s reason enough but let’s get into it. At first glance Divine Cybermancy reminds me of an FPS from a bygone era. It uses the Source engine which is usually, but not always a good sign, but everything is dark and angular and circuity. The walls are are all as massive as the rooms are. The aesthetic is cyberpunk, and I mean pre-Matrix cyber punk. The characters look like some combination of special forces/medieval knights/Final Fantasy. And the game plays mostly like the severely underrated dystopian Christian Bale movie Equilibrium in which said hero saves puppies and blows away government agents in helmets.
Combat is pretty much like that except not quite as fluid and also you have a sword and you can fly around and cut people up. E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy is also really complex, in more than one way. For one the translation is awful and it might be awful on purpose. It definitely makes it hard to tell exactly what is going on but it only adds to the intrigue! There are also a million different stats you can choose to level up and it is relatively unclear as to what exactly the stats do, Dark Souls-style. For example there is a stat called Mental Stability, and the description of it states that higher Mental Stability raises your Mental Stability. Helpful! There is a video tutorial system but it is also unclear how to tell which video to choose when. But you don’t really need them it’s more fun to wander around and bang into stuff until you figure it out. S.P.E.C.I.A.L., this is not. There are also loads of special powers to use, some more confusing than others.
|Christian Bale is: some guy in a suit made of tin cans|
E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy is currently on sale for one dollar. You should definitely buy it. Because it is ONE DOLLAR. If you’re into FPS RPGs it’s worth a shot, it’s a little rough around the edges but you just gotta pretend it’s a better looking game from 1998 and then it becomes pretty cool. Plus there’s co-op. Verdict: Buy it.