When You’re Gone is a beautiful hand animated game that deals with the fallout that occurs at the end of a relationship, with you fighting back hordes of emotions in turn based strategy matches where positioning and distance are key.
The gameplay is very different, but there’s a Catherine-esque vibe to When You’re Gone – with it’s interesting blend of mature narrative, surreal oddity, fantastic artwork and isometric gameplay elements. The game follows the story of how your character (Sam), met and fell in love with Emma, then consequently fell out of love with her. The tale is told via some beautifully animated cutscenes and the gameplay comes into effect when Sam’s memories become too sad, awkward or personal for him to work through, manifesting specific memories and emotions that spring to life on the games isometric battlegrounds.
It’s an ambitious and very mature narrative that promises to have real emotional impact for the player – it’s a story of Sam and Emma, but it’s a story that everyone will be able to feel an affinity with. It deals with how you open up to someone you love, showing them parts of you nobody else has seen, how a relationship changes you and how you deal with it when it’s over. As much as you may try, no relationship is ever truly forgotten – people, places, objects or even just something as trivial as song lyrics can trigger those memories. When You’re Gone want’s to remember those memories alongside you.
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