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Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator Case 5 - Land of the Rising Dead
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|Short game||Can be completed within 30 minutes|
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|Full length game||As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic|
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About this gameAfter the events in London, Ben Jordan returns home for a much needed rest. One day, he receives a conference call from his friends Simon Booth and Alice Wilkins. Simon has heard of a series of murders in Osaka, Japan, and thinks there is some sort of paranormal activity involved. Ben, Simon, and Alice travel to Japan, but soon find there is much more to the story than they first thought...
AGS Panel Review
"Longer and with more polish than its predecessors, Case 5 sees Ben Jordan in Japan with friends from Case 4. Another high point in the series, even better than Case 3. Still a bit short on gameplay but it should provide ample entertainment for fans of the series."
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But don't let me trick you in believing this game is anything less than great, thats not the case.
Go play it. Now.
Pros: Awesome atmosphere and music, characters well done, ending and beginning were good.
Cons: Too much wandering back and forth between places, some plot points a little too obvious.
my constructive criticism:
Some of the Asians didn't look Asian, and Ben Jordan could step on the sleeping mats with his shoes on, I kept thinking how dirty they were getting!
This is an excellent game to play if you want something that,s not to long.
Short but sweet.;)
On the plus side it has a good score of music not present in the immediate precursor game.
The humour had made up for it in my opinion.
Everything that ruined part 4 has been revised and improved. There's no more annoying phone, an expansive range of areas to explore, gorgeously presented in smooth, cartoony graphics. The incorporation of new characters that were introduced in the previous game enhances the story a great deal. Simon is a great character and some of his interactions with Ben are priceless. Alice reintroduces the romantic subplot elelment that was first introduced in the third installment of the series but she is far more than a simple object of desire for Ben. She is presented as a hip, intelligent girl who is a great match for our hero.
The plot of this fifth Ben Jordan episode is extremely intricate and clever and allows for all sorts of great mini-adventures. There's some great comic interludes and some excellent down to earth moments such as Ben's visit to a sushi restaurant in an attempt to relax.
Land of the Rising Dead is yet another brilliant addition to the sensationally good, award-winning series and it reinstalls my faith after the slight hiccup of Horror at Number 50.
However I was badly disappointed. This game wasn't worth mentioning next to those games, in fact it's an average AGS game from about the 100 I've played. Badly painted backgrounds with zero-percent atmosphere made the game feel dull. Walking around trying to find something new isn't a puzzle. This game is over glorified, and that's coming from someone who likes GK. In fact I was surprised to see Ben Jordan 4 win the game of the year next to the competition it had.
Maybe there is something I'm missing? Who is grundislav really? Someone very important, though it wasn't that bad, the music was impressive.
And this is IMHO.
Maybe you could spend more time on one game and put effort into it than trying to blurt out a number of games instead. Rather quality than quantity.
I'm surprised this game has two fangames, maybe people trying to get in with the crowd or something?
*pseudo spoiler below*
The only thing missing from previous installments are the actual paranormal phenomena.