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  • Summary: Enter a dangerous and shadowy world of murder and cultists in this pioneering interactive thriller, exclusive to PS4, that asks you to reach into the game world and take control of the narrative.

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Erica - PGW 2017 Announcement Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Sep 9, 2019
    85
    Erica tells a boilerplate story—but tells it very well. With a fresh, intuitive interface and some of the best production values and acting ever seen in a video game, Erica feels very much like what it aspires to be—an interactive film. Erica is perhaps an odd experiment, but one well worth experiencing for gamers that enjoy trips off the beaten path.
  2. Aug 23, 2019
    80
    Whether Erica is a successful fluke or the start of a FMV renaissance is impossible to predict, but the game is a solid and beautifully crafted example of how the technique has evolved and just how effective great interactive storytelling can be.
  3. Sep 6, 2019
    80
    Erica has a strong, fleshed-out narrative full of twists and turns that each bring their own unique piece to the story. Its cryptic tone is carried through the audio, visuals, and writing; it never lets you relax. Sometimes weird controls jolt you out, but there is an abundance of enticing threads to follow, and it's a treat to be able to mold your own adventure out of it. Using a combination of crisp cinematography and FMV-specific game mechanics, Erica never fails to hook you into its haunting, mysterious world.
  4. Aug 22, 2019
    72
    Erica is difficult to judge. It has neither the tension of an Heavy Rain, nor the convoluted plot of other interactive dramas. Its choice of live-action makes it different from its genre but it also confines it within it, especially about interactivity and design. However, despite its low duration and hybrid nature, it’s evident the passion in every level (writing, background, actors). A courageous but also risky experiment.
  5. Sep 4, 2019
    70
    If you view Erica as an interactive movie, you'll have a great time. Flavourworks sure knows how to tell a compelling story. If you really desire a lot of gameplay, Erica is not your game.
  6. Aug 28, 2019
    65
    Erica is by far the best game to feature in the PlayLink category, but some of the ideas are unnecessary. The acting is great, but the story never really picks up until the final third of the game.
  7. Aug 23, 2019
    40
    There’s plenty of intrigue here, and in better circumstances you’d want to spend more time with the characters in order to understand their perspectives. But by the fifth time you’ve opened a lock that could have so easily have opened automatically, all you really want to do is find the quickest possible route to the exit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Aug 19, 2019
    10
    Was a huge surprise seeing this come out during Gamescom, if you are a fan of Interactive Gaming Drama ala, Quantic Dream, Telltale, DontnodWas a huge surprise seeing this come out during Gamescom, if you are a fan of Interactive Gaming Drama ala, Quantic Dream, Telltale, Dontnod you will love this title and its $10 for price of admission not bad for a 2-3 hour gaming experience. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2019
    10
    Loved every second, surprising and enjoyable, plus great repeat plays too. In the genre it's in, fantastic!
  3. Aug 21, 2019
    10
    Loved the story, loved the characters and LOVED the interactive parts. Hope to see more of these in the future!!
  4. Aug 26, 2019
    9
    Unexpectedly entertaining for $10.
    I can't think of a reason anyone would hesitate to go for it, if they like FMV experiences at all.
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    Unexpectedly entertaining for $10.
    I can't think of a reason anyone would hesitate to go for it, if they like FMV experiences at all.

    At slightly over 2 hours for me, I found the acting very good, the cinematography excellent, and the story unique and unfamiliar. I definitely need to replay it at least once more to get more out of the story, as a single playthrough seems like it's not telling you everything. It also leaves the entire course of events open to interpretation as it can be seen from two wildly different perspectives.

    Just don't go in expecting gamey "gameplay," but I'm not sure why anyone really would from something that was clearly filmed with live actors...
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  5. Aug 19, 2019
    9
    this game is very good and has good interactive story. i finished this in about 3 hours
  6. Aug 24, 2019
    8
    I love London Studio. This game is exciting and has a very enjoyable story. I’ll be replaying it alot.
  7. Aug 20, 2019
    0
    this is just a movie with minor narrative decisions, this not a videogame at all.

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