Replayed Resonance for my Wadjet Eye Retrospective.
This game got me super into point and clicks, after hearing about them and loving their ideas through osmosis for years. Once I played this, my tastes in game changed completely. I was floored the first time I played this.
Upon replaying, in the hell year of 2018, II have…thoughts. It’s still very, very good, but the last act is kind of A LOT.
For those unaware, Resonance is a thriller story about four people (a scientist, a nurse, a detective, and a journalist) crossing paths and working together to uncover an assassinated scientist’s final discovery, an energy created from newly discovered particles called Resonance. It seems the game is about the dangers of nuclear science, arguing for the potential good this leap in science has while starting off sixty hours in the future to show how destructive it is…and then you get to the twist and it turns out all of that was misdirection.
SUMMARY OF THE SPOILER WITH AN IMAGE
[spoiler]So Ed, the scientist, turned out to be working for an organization called the Eleven Foundation, who we only see two members of (a black man and a Japanese woman who we see breast feed a baby because sure why not), and he betrays them after killing Anna, the nurse and daughter of the dead scientist. This leaves two characters, Ray the journalist and Bennett the detective, to stop Ed, who reveals to them during the confrontation that while the Eleven Foundation wanted resonance, they only wanted to use it as a weapon to spread mass terror around the world to get the world governments to mass produce the REAL threat.
At the start of the game, Ray is actually investigating a mysterious mainframe at a local hospital, and that mainframe turns out to be a database of DNA for everyone in the city. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. It’s a machine designed to absorb all information from everyone in the city through digital trails, and they’re trying to get every government in the world to make these in mass so they have access to more information than anyone else in the history of humanity to predict future events and guide all of human civilization as they wish.
Either Ed or Bennett dies, and then Ray can or cannot publish a story explaining the truth, basically throwing off the foundation’s plan, though not entirely.
You can tell this was made in 2012 because can you imagine writing a story like this today without mentioning how fascism is mainly championed by racists and it’s not a multicultural illuminati planning to become techno gods but a bunch of pasty ass nerd billionaires who think they understand people because they’re good at selling ads. More troubling, a lot of this game’s narrative could be contrived as the sort of conspiracy theory a person who really loves Trump would make up, which…yeah.
This has aged about as badly as Deus Ex and The X Files in this regard.[/spoiler]