- Year of release: 2022
- Developers: Geography of Robots
- Story in a nutshell: an industrial zone drains all the life from people and the environment
Norco is an incredibly personal game that was based on the real place where its creator grew up and the experiences he acquired there. This production takes us to an alternative version of the title city from Louisiana. Its heroine, Kay, returns to her homeland after the death of her mother. To make matters worse, her brother goes missing, and in order to find him, she must follow the trail of a fugitive cyborg.
Norco is maintained in the characteristic atmosphere of Southern Gothic. The unique setting allows us to explore the collapsing suburbs and swampy industrial areas of Louisiana. It's a captivating indie game with lots of interesting inspirations. The authors mention the iconic Snatcher created by Hideo Kojima himself as their main point of reference. The fictional Midgar from Final Fantasy VII was also an important inspiration in shaping this unique story. It's clear in the way a large corporation exploiting energy sources in its vicinity forms the bedrock of the story. The author himself admits that he was fascinated and at the same time terrified by the effects of such circumstances, leading to ecological and industrial collaps that has a severe impact on society.
Sebastian Kasparek | Gamepressure.com