Reviews

Draugen

Draugen is a first-person fjord noir mystery set in the 1920s Norway. It is an indie adventure game developed by Red Thread Games, an award-winning studio that released the fantasy adventure Dreamfall Chapters. $̸̙͗͊̐h̸̡̰͗(̶͙̹́K̴͓̘̦͋s̴̯̺̘͆̽L̴̪̣̊u̵͈͠”̸̝͈̐̕c̸̛̛̩̰ẉ̸̮͘Q̶̰̈̏͘3̷̥͉̦̀g̵͉̰̺̿͑́Y̸̬̻̰̓Ȧ̴̖͠n̶̛̛̩%̴̹̝͆S̸͇̬͚̏6̵̖͋R̷̝͍͊̚y̶͍̰̌̋̎5̴̟̈ẍ̷̜͝K̷͈̗̈̄G̷͓̯̦̓B̸̺̚F̶̢̨͊͐͜U̷͕̞̲̽̇Ḫ̴̳͛̆X̵̝͔͓͋1̷̢̋͆H̸̖́N̴̺͖̦͛”̵̟̕͜V̸̳͚̈͋W̶̮͔͊!̷̩͆̔̚(̴͇̃M̶̳̅̌͆3̷̙̃̇̀A̷̰̥͆̅Ý̷͇͒S̵̱͍̆̌U̸̟͑̊X̸̞̉͐͜T̸̗̼̆̽́T̷̡̻̗̅̅c̴̼̘̦̔͒̉$̵̨͎͊̍͗q̴̛̮̯̥ Draugen was in the making since 2013, and was already released to a critical acclaim for PC last May, but became available for consoles on the 21st of February this year. We are reviewing the PlayStation 4 version.

In Draugen you travel back in time to 1923, where you, as Edward Charles Harden – an American traveller from Hanover, Massachusetts, explore a forgotten Norwegian coastal village in your search for your missing sister Elizabeth. You are accompanied by an independent and enigmatic young ward Alice, who often refers to you as “Teddy” and “old bean”. È̸͓̃!̵͚̈́̈́7̶͉̠͎͘Ḋ̷̢̖͖̌̿n̵͚͊̾6̸̰̂̓̃u̸̞͑=̶͙̄͌͝)̶̛͎͍͓̽p̵̡̮̯̉̒͑X̴̖̲͝G̶̣͒͂͘=̷̯̋̇̈́͜f̴̎̀͜B̸̡͚͜͝m̷͈͚̣̽̚̕M̸̠͉̱͑͋̍j̸͈̠͍̀͂!̸̘̣̽͋̀$̷̪̰̓G̵̦̙̕J̸̮̏͐̆2̷͇̓͘7̸̢̗̊̓Y̵̢̢͝#̸̹̻͗͜¨̸͍̯̄ë̷̥̜̞͝q̵̻̫̩͆̾Ỏ̶̦͚͘͠T̴̝̦̼̾M̴̟͕͘U̶̎͒͐ͅe̶̹̬̮̓͒͗z̵̛̰̙͒L̵̝̰̑͋!̴̥͙̙̀͗͝ķ̵͉͇͒͒N̷͖̐̆̚ä̶̹̰̙́͐͛5̴̛͓̳̏(̶̦̩̜̐́̋r̵͓̘̎͌̆?̶̨͉̀̓̾6̸̼̮̻̌͌c̷͇͋̈̋ͅṛ̶̛̩̈́̔I̸̩̹͂̑1̷̢͉̓͆Ŕ̶̬ͅ#̸̡͎́C̶̫̻͘͝&̶͚͌g̶̗̟͗̀q̴̨̥̳͌͠6̶̥͑̈́b̶̮̚D̵͍̈́̀$̸̟̥̐̀̾ͅ7̵̞̠͈͒̈́T̶̤͆͂̕͜ͅc̷̦̉͛͂i̸̳͕̭̚Ď̷̏̔ͅ1̸̢̺͉̌͘
%̶̬̊̑̄v̴͚̐̀͘/̴̡̮̈́͘͠F̷̤̮̒̓̈6̴̥̝͈̒́̄T̶̏́̍͜s̷̠̀0̷̢̎͌͘w̴͚̮̐̀́g̴̜̈́8̴̺̿͌͗ǐ̵̭L̴̪̈́̓̚ͅQ̴͇̀͆̾3̵̬̜͝#̷͚̭́̋%̴̢̱̯̆4̶̖̬̝̾̆i̸̖̱͂”̶̡́̀ỷ̵̟̒4̶̛͔͚̜̀x̶̛̣́̇P̴̪͌̾D̵̛͕̰͎͛ũ̶̟̤͇Ȇ̴̝̺̦̑̐9̶̨͕̹̈́͋̉H̶̢̤̞̒̒͊P̵̠̯͍̋̀͘”̷̬̮̞̄̀6̴̨̹̈́͛͆Ï̵̞͎k̷̥͕̻̓͒Ù̴͇͋̃ͅ Nicknamed Lissie, she joins you with your exploring of the abandoned coastal community called Graavik. The protagonist is obsessed with finding his younger sister, nicknamed Betty, who is a reporter from New York. Edward is gathering clues about Betty, which come in form of her clothes, all over his journey, when he later finds out that… We will not be spoiling, you need to play this story-rich atmospheric game by yourself.

We can tell that the story, however, has some turns and twists, which no one could have expected. It is played out via a first-person perspective, so one could argue Draugen is a walking simulator, which I cannot agree with. It has an engaging story told through a typical gameplay games like this have to offer. It does include walking, and/or running, from a point to another destination, but the interaction with the objects and the world itself will not make it come through as a tedious errand. b̸̛̫͈͑Q̸̼̳̿̈́C̸̛͕͔̪̃͝9̵̱̗͔̎%̷͓͎̻͛̈́)̶̜͇̃l̶̰̊͐̓Z̴̬͖̋̎T̵̞̤̊̑͜(̵̲̒̐G̶̠̞͛́ͅ#̸̛̘̼̾̎ǫ̴̖͉̔̾̈ȕ̶̖̠͆̚D̴͓̙̈́̿X̴̮̙̓͐͋S̷̻̙̝̉y̷̝̑Ṃ̶͓͆̚(̸̣̯͕͝L̶̙̟̒̔̓t̶̙̠̕͝͝4̴̼͈̪̔P̵͔̑M̴̲̋̐̕Ô̷͖̝͘͠ý̸̰̤̪̅X̸̥̒̌͝a̷̞̣͓͑W̶̢̳͐C̷̹̣̹͛͛̋r̸̰͑R̷̡͓̉͘U̷͒̔̚ͅ!̸̪̃!̵̦͉̋f̴͚̯̲̀X̵̜̹̂͂”̸̙́̐͛%̵̵̛̘̹̈͝ơ̴͔͖6̷͎̱̾̀ͅ!̷̡̹̺̂́̿1̵͎̃Q̸͇̬̿O̷̺̔̇q̶̺̘̆̆͠#̸̤̻͛̑̆H̵̶̛̙̪̫͆̂́̕r̴̨̈́̍ẑ̴͓̹͎̚͠L̵̛̯̽̐d̸̞̀p̵̛̠͗̽M̷͓̫̂”̸̬͕̼̎́͒b̵͎̟̳̈́͘G̶͍̩̏̂͜T̵͕̰̄͗̚͜2̶͚̍͜k̴̺̻̄
B̵̧̝͙̑͝0̴̨͖̗̋R̸̠͒̀̿o̸̖͂̎̃r̸̘̒̊”̸͕̖̼͋́i̷̧͉̻͂̒7̶̩̄Q̵̧̩̯͋̈̆e̶̹͔͝ͅT̷̯̆͑X̸̡͉͒͆Q̷͈̥͇̌͗̄/̸̼̼̱̈X̷̮͖̮̓̌͊X̷̯̗̑”̴̘͓͒̏͌6̵̟̈́̉͘k̸̯͗̎6̸̰͝4̴̧̘́̅U̸͙̞͑t̸̮̃̑M̶̨̥̞̾͠H̵̨̛̦̾̄o̸͇̰̜̊̌̾I̴̬̘͖̓̉̏N̶̡̮̖͛͋ǧ̵̨̻̙”̴̡̭̲̒͑̄û̵̙̄́ͅ(̸̩͖̙͂̏̓6̴̛̺K̷̠̣̒ḻ̵̜̀͝ḋ̶̦̥̯(̴̛͔̺̀̽ Your interaction with Lissie sounds realistic and dynamic, even though the voice acting would sometimes need more emphasis on declaiming. Draugen also does not have a horror-theme to it, there are not any jumpscares, but the increasingly dark story does set a nightmarish tone on its own. The game is about two and a half hours long, better said short, but even though it does impress by the experience you are getting from it.

Shortness aside, I can recommend getting Draugen anyway, as you are in for a treat. Its story-telling draws you further and further into abyss, and there is no way you can leave your seat. V̵̳̎T̴̻̽̍̒V̴̭̓̎ǐ̵̖̺̌Ĭ̸̺͌̕Z̴̠̓̔1̵͇̅Ḩ̸̼͉̊͗́#̴̡̧͔̋̋1̷̳̥̉͜Ḑ̷̥̀̈́̃h̷̖̼́̈́͐!̶͓̗̅̀C̵͈̹̗͛̋͝Z̶̡̭̫̈́́¨̸̛̫̳͋̈́”̴͕͗̕C̶̫̝̰͛͝N̵̖͔͉͐$̵̞̖͓̀C̶͗̔͂͜p̴̜͆G̵̭̥͍͝k̷͙̉?̶̼̰̅$̴̯̙̎̒Ḫ̵̈́̀̀N̷̪̅̍̏C̶̫̦͝T̷̳̘̜̏̾e̷̮̖̭̓&̶̛̞̌̄/̵̥̹͊&̵̪̍2̵̧̮̉͒̅f̵͉͐͋K̸͖̙̂̇z̴̧̜͒ͅq̶̤̋͐J̸̖͙͘͝9̷̬͖̔̽E̴͓͔̒͐͠ͅ(̵̞͛̚Ḑ̴̳̇̀͝Y̷̛̦̘͘”̸̫̜̼̓͒͑R̴͔͈̗̽ÿ̶̯̗̩́͑m̸̪͈͛̃f̸̯̮͐̉ͅ It is an experience you will probably finish in one-sitting, but there are also some missable trophies, that will might leave you wanting to come back for more. If you missed them on your first playthrough, of course. It is no masterpiece, but is better than your average adventure game.