So, just finished The Novelist and I have to say that it was a good game, maybe not the greatest but it got me thinking.
The decisions that you had to take were hard at times and made you regret them even more when you saw the outcome each time between the family members whose thoughts didn’t get chosen. It is that ‘real life’ type of game. People do have to make choices, maybe hurting people or hurting oneself while doing it and just see what would be best at that moment. Maybe you won’t get that offer again or maybe you just need that safety to keep afloat. To not drown in the big ocean that is life, filled with waves, gazing sun and storms or just some sort of serenity. Maybe the choices that you take now, will be better for you in the long run rather than jumping head on into something that will end the next day, or maybe that sudden thing is just what is needed to jolt things back into perspective and help on the bumpy road ahead.
I played the ‘stealth’ run of the game, to not be seen at all by the family or I’d lose the game. The game gives you the opportunity to ‘possess’ lights in order to move around without anyone noticing and collect clues, read minds or just explore. You could also just float into their heads to see what was really going on inside of their shells. It is a very unique feeling and it was really fun to actually poke them in directions. Would I destroy the family or would I save them and destroy the working aspect of it? Or would I balance it all out as best as I could?
The family that this story is about was the Kaplans on a summer getaway, about Dan, Linda and Tommy. The writer, the artist and the artsy child with some learning problems. And I can’t talk from experience but I can assume that tossing a child into this mess of decisions would make it all so much harder, to see to its needs, wants and cares for it to develop as well as possible and still maintaining that spark of meaning and passion in every other aspect of the life. It was hard enough to just try to get the couples love to grow as they did things so separately most of the times. Him behind closed doors and her out hiking.
The interesting aspect of this game was the fact that the player is a floating ghost of sorts, a nobody without any identity at all. I even got the feeling that the ‘ghost’ had been there a long time as there were these journal type books that could be read at night that always ended in death one way or another, but there were never any conclusion to why they were there or who they really were besides the fact that they were former residents of the house that the Kaplans lives in over the summer.
I felt that my ending finished up as the best I could have seen for the family, Linda got to open her own workshop and ended up finding her call in life while her husband might not have taken that big offer but he could still continue his dream, to write. And actually the little boy Tommy ended up as a successful artist himself as he grew up. All in all a perfect ending to a rather dizzy maze of decisions, thoughts and hurt.