PSU Offers a Candid, Artistically Inspired Review of Whispering Willows
Independent developers are often revered for their willingness to break free from mass market trends. “They don’t have publishers breathing down their backs all the time,” some gamers say. “They’re not slaves to what the market demands.” This in turn enhances creativity and innovation. It’s a logical train of thought, but one has to remember that smaller teams with low budgets may not have the necessary tools to put out a high-quality product.
Perhaps this is why Night Light Interactive’s Whispering Willows has received only a lukewarm reception. If you’re looking for a deeper explanation, you should check out PSU’s excellent review, which combines an artistic sensibility with the frankness any objective critic should possess. Critic Simon Sayers tackles this analysis correctly, showing us how excellent concepts don’t automatically equate to a memorable experience. While still outlining the highlights, he doesn’t give the game a pass simply for being artistically inspired.
This is what what you want from such a review. Sometimes, we feel critics are too quick to dismiss the obvious shortcomings just because a game tries for a different style, presentation, or gameplay tactic. Here, we get a review that’s both honest and heartfelt, so the reader will have all the information he needs to make a purchase decision. Well done.
Why We Like It:
— Detailed without being too lengthy. There’s no need to really dissect a relatively simple game’s mechanics, after all.
— Without falling into the “it’s so interesting and original” trap, the critic simply analyzes the game without any preconceived indie bias.
— Carefully illustrates the highs and lows without harping on any one particular point. This leads to decent balance and higher readability.