me while playing mystery legends: phantom of the opera
I’m about to lose the rest of my night replaying the Mystery Legends: Phantom of the Opera game from Big Fish Games.
I didn’t need a life.
So after talking with and seeing daenerysthesilverdragon’s art of Mystery Legends Phantom of the Opera, I got curious and decided to watch a few lp’s of the game. And oh gosh, such good material, but with some royal screwups.
Like, the premise is pretty good. It shows (spoilers!!!) Christine and Raoul’s fully grow daughter Evelina being lured back to the Opera House by the Phantom because he thinks she’s her mother. The art is lovely, the voice acting for Erik is on point, and, as far as I’ve seen, the gameplay itself is pretty solid. They just dropped the ball with some pretty big things. Like, I just can’t unterstand why, with so much attention to detail, they made Christine and Evelina’s clothes so innacurate. They look like they belong in the 21st century, not the 19th. And why on earth do Christine and Raoul look so young? They look more like Evelina’s friends, not her parents. And plotwise (unless the lp I watched forgot to add this part in), why in the world would Evelina go
INTO the Opera House? I’m assuming that by the way she talks, she knows the about her mom’s history with the Phantom. So why the heck would she go in alone?
All in all, it’s not a bad game, it just needs some tweaking. Which is sad, because the majority of PotO games arn’t worth writing home about.
It had been so long since Erik had any visitors. It almost made him sad that his Opera house went out of business, but that was his own fault. He had destroyed his beautiful theater in his rage. Destroying his theater didn’t seem to succeed in destroying himself, though. Such a shame. Since then, he managed to restore the building almost entirely, and yet, it still seems abandoned. They had built another Opera house, so no one ever came to this one anymore, and Erik has began to neglect it as he has grown more weary.
This slowly seeping weariness didn’t succeed in deterring his annoyance when discovering he did finally, after all this time, have company. He watched silently from the shadows as the young woman walked into his abandoned theater. She was a beautiful and seemingly kind young woman, at least her soft features appeared, but that didn’t change anything. He should be left alone to brood until he finally leaves this world. His eyes glowed in the shadows, reflecting the light in the room. “You should not be here.” He said, his voice echoing rather loudly through the nearly empty room.
I finally downloaded the trial version of “Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera” - which is a little weird for me, you’d think someone who’s such a huge fan of “Phantom” would’ve tried this game out years ago. Nevertheless, I’ve played it for about a half-an-hour and these are my initial thoughts:
-The visuals are gorgeous and the atmosphere is immersive - it really sucks you in.
-The voice acting is pretty decent for the most part, the Phantom’s is particularly good - but honestly, Evelina’s voice annoys me a little bit.
-Also - is it just me, or does Evelina seem a little dense? I mean, the Phantom throws out a long explanation about how the opera house burned and then, seconds later, when you click on a certain part of the room, Evelina asks “what caused all this damage?” Really, Evelina? Really? But once again, her supposed density could be do to her voice.
-It’s probably too early to remark about the storyline, but I find one plot element a little confusing. Evelina is Christine and Raoul’s daughter, but the Phantom addresses her as Christine and says that she will love him this time…but the little boy gave Evelina the letter…which leads me to wonder: was there some sort of mix-up? Was Christine the one who was supposed to receive the invitation? Did the boy deliver it to the wrong person? Is the Phantom (his spirit?) so wrapped up in his vengeance that he was blind to the difference between Christine and her daughter? Or does the Phantom have this idea that if he can’t have the mother, he’ll have the daughter? Maybe it’ll all sort itself out in the end, but I’m a little bothered by that weird plot point. (I could look it up, but I don’t want to spoil it for me.)
Minor nitpicks aside, I’m eager to continue this game. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so let’s hope the game lives up to the praise it’s gotten.