I’ll give the people behind Bright Memory credit for coming out of the gate swinging big, serving up a FPS experience that has some Crysis-like tech-driven vibes but then mixes in very viable slashing combat as well more reminiscent of the likes of Ninja Gaiden. Toss in a pretty odd story that involves near-Earth black holes, ancient warriors, and a hodge podge of other elements, set the power up to high, and blend it all together and you have a game that almost gives you whiplash with how quickly it is over but nonetheless makes for a heck of a ride. While perhaps playing through multiple times may not be something everyone will want to do, given the pretty insane variety in the ability trees you can go down in this case I’d wager the flow of each playthrough could end up feeling quite different. Want to shoot everything up? You have multiple options from alternative ammunition for your weapons that can do nasty damage to simply improving your overall performance on that side. Want to go melee? There are a variety of options to make yourself more lethal there as well. Throw in a force pull like ability and some other flourishes that provide their own flavor and the world of violence here really is your oyster… at least while it lasts.
Justin Nation, Score: