publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Game mode: single player
game language: English
game release date for PS4:
Erica was developed by the British studio Flavourworks. The title, published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, uses the PlayLink initiative. It consists of using mobile devices (smartphone or tablet) for fun, which can replace a controller after downloading an appropriate app.
The game tells the story of the eponymous character - a woman who's had a terrible childhood, and the events of the past haunt her to this very day. One day an old friend of the family contacts her, who believes her memories can be the key to catching the murderer. However, not everything is simple, because soon also the murderer speaks to her, trying to explain the situation. Erica faces a difficult task because she doesn't know whom she can trust.
Erica is an adventure game that focuses exclusively on non-linear narrative. The gameplay is limited to the necessary minimum and consists of performing simple activities, e.g. rubbing tears from the main character's face, by swiping a finger on the screen of the device, turning the pages of the book or choosing one of the dialog options. What is important, our actions and decisions have an impact on the further course of the plot. So it is an interactive story in the style of e.g. adventure game developed by Telltale Games.
The game does not have visuals generated by the console. Instead, we watch cut scenes with real actors on the screen. Developers used a special technique, thanks to which there are practically no breaks during the game. This means that when we make a key choice, neither a loading screen nor a mismatched scene suddenly appear. The effects of our actions are natural and immediate, so during the game, we have the impression of watching a movie.
Game score 6.4 / 10 calculated out of 45 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 8.9 / 10 calculated out of 12 players' votes.