Feb 21, 2012
User review by jyannis
Ahhh, the MCF series. Arguably one of the most polished HOG-adventure series in the market.
MCF8 tries to be innovative with gameplay, and most part, it succeeds. The "morphing object" hunt instead of HOG grocery lists is a creative spin. Puzzles are REALLY challenging and different. Game is fairly unlinear; a lot of exploration/backtracking necessary (not that I mind). Some tasks are outright gross (Mama's house, particularly). One MAJOR gripe I have is the journal. It records the story but NOT useful notes like codes, numbers etc.
The graphics are top-notch, detailed, atmospheric. Game world is expansive as expected, lots of locations. The mannequins/characters are creepy, and the videos/voice acting is a cut above the norm.
Now the story. The detective is thrown back to the Ravenhearst world to investigate missing people, and soon it is clear that Charles is behind it. He forced the detective to relive his life to "understand" how he came to be. Honestly, it's one of the best, although disturbed, stories I've ever come across in a casual game. It made used of a lot of heavy issues - mental illness, child abuse etc. It's not surprising that Charles is a complete nutjob. The progression of the story is good UNTIL the final two chapters, which suddenly seemed abrupt. I would've loved to find out more about Charles' marriage, how Victor came to be, but that was rushed through to serve up the finale. To me, it seemed like the climax just never happened. Quite a disappointing end for me.
CE content is intergrated within the game (not sure how the SE will be), and but the pictorial SG is unhelpful. The ending seems to hint that the story is not quite over.
I didn't find this instalment to be as challenging as MCF 5/6/7. You need to pay quite a lot of attention to detail but it wasn't mind-rackingly difficult. Overall, I do like the game. It could be meatier - especially with the story - but it's a fitting continuation to Ravenhearst saga. 4.25 stars.