The war games have been around for ten years and have been for some time but 11-11 Memories Retold is a beast very different from Call of Duty and Medal of Honor. To coincide with the centennial of the Armistice Day, the official end of the First World War, the release of the game is certainly tough. Just as the story that sees you take control of a man on both sides of this bitter conflict.
During 11-11 Memories Retold, you will find the changing perspective between two main characters. First of all, it's Harry, a Canadian photographer who finds himself conceived as a selfish personalist of the general. On the other hand, you will take control of Kurt – a German engineer who heads to the front line to follow his missing son.
The developers did a great job with these characters, especially Kurt, tired but determined. His case really resonates, and in fact, the way the German characters are portrayed as a whole deserves credit. They feel very human, unlike the bad and heartless soldiers you see in most war games.
Of course, it is not a real spoiler to show that the two main characters cross the tracks before the end of the game. The story that attracts them together is given time to breathe, allowing you to have enough time to know the distribution before the tension goes up. It's a well-told story that has kept us interested over time, though Retold 11-11 Memoirs are not as noisy as we were hoping for. It feels like a slightly glossy version of events, away from some more horrific aspects of the war (or simply hint at them).
However, sometimes you have direct control over the narrative and the direction it has. This direction can be as subtle as a line you choose to write in a letter to Koch's young daughter or something with a much bigger impact – no spoilers here.
Surely I describe 11-11 as a casual narrative experience, rather than a game. Occasionally, you'll have to solve a very simple puzzle, such as pushing the boxes to clear a route, while the strange mini-game comes to distract you. However, most of the time you will simply be exploring the collections media, or in the case of Harry taking pictures of something interesting that appears. If you want any real challenge, you are best left this title alone.
Speaking of these environments, they are rendered in an amazingly watercolor style that is both unique and fairly easy for the eyes. The graphics were actually manipulated by Aardman and made a remarkable job. I can not think of another recent game that boasts such incredible and distinct visions – it's as if the scene is brought out in front of you in real time.
Also, 11-11 Memories Retold's audio perfectly matches the game. It's gloomy when it's supposed to be, humble or even optimistic in other times. And the voice acting is excellent due to the premium prize, which includes Sebastian Koch and Elijah Wood.
If you are after an impatient narrative experience, then 11-11 Memories Retold is worth considering. However, someone after a "game" proper, with any kind of challenge, will probably be abandoned by the base game rather basic.