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PAX East 2013: Contrast Hands On Impressions

Posted on March 28, 2013 AT 05:14pm

Often times when  you sit down to play a game you have a pretty solid understanding of what it will be like before you even get the controller in your hand. Maybe you watched a trailer, read an article, or can just see right off the bat that the game is a clone of another title. As I stood watching the trailer at Compulsion’s booth for their PC game Contrast, I immediately knew that this was not going to be one of those times.

Contrast is a visually striking game with an entirely outside the box original concept for both its story and gameplay. You’re put into the role of Dawn, an imaginary friend to a sweet young girl named Didi. Didi’s father runs a circus, only he’s quite terrible at managing it and it’s up to our protagonist and her little friend to keep things from falling into chaos. With smooth Jazz music that makes you sway in your seat and a vaudeville inspired art style, if the story fails to pull you in, the atmosphere Contrast sets surely will.

But what’s the gameplay like? Well to be honest, it’s quite unique! Contrast requires the player to master navigating both the 3D world and its counterpart found in the 2D shadow realm. Shifting light sources from the 3D landscape will help to create shadows which can then be traversed in 2D as you work your way through each objective. The game also has a bit of a free roam aspect to it so when you inevitably find yourself smitten with the environment you can stretch your legs and explore it!

Contrast is slated to launch in Spring of 2013 for PC.

About the Author: Laura has many varied interests outside of video gaming. Other hobbies and areas of obsession include: hiding her Boston accent, singing, Metallica, The Walking Dead, Iron Man, Green Day, The Boondock Saints, tattoos, Pomeranians, and the paranormal. Follow Laura on Twitter: @DN_VampPMS

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