Coming Next Turn: “Bound”

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Bound transports you into a beautiful, fantastical world that exists in the mind of a woman revisiting the memories of her childhood. You’ll use dance moves to traverse vast environments filled with platforming challenges. As the game progresses, the introspective story unfolds through powerful metaphor and imagery, adding emotional depth to the protagonist’s journey.”

 

 

I guess that means this is “interpretive dance”. It’s hard not to be instantly captivated by the visual impact of Bound, both complicated and minimalistic with its burning colors, elegant mo-cap and low poly mesh.

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Bound is in the capable hands of Santa Monica Studios, the people responsible for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, War of the Monsters, God of War, Fat Princess, and some of the highest rated games on this blog developed in collaboration with thatgamecompany: Flower, flOw and of course Journey. Comparisons are already being made with that last one.

Beyond the descriptive quote above lifted from the SMS website and a few cryptic but stylish trailers, there isn’t much else to know about Bound. It was certainly one of the newer trailers that caught my eye, and I’m looking forward to learning more about it. As ever, I’ll be adding new trailers to this post as I come across them.

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Bound’s surreal, visionary dreamscape makes this the kind of game I expect to see even when I close my eyes. Video Games will stand the test of time like art if that’s what they choose to become. The question is: Is this the kind of game people want?
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-The Well-Red Mage 

 

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11 thoughts on “Coming Next Turn: “Bound”

  1. Ahhh Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture! I watched a Let’s Play of that game’s spiritual prequel Dear Esther and was instantly moved and obsessed. The monologues… I won’t say much about that here since I have a detailed review to write on it, but seeing references to that and reading this review makes me very interested.

    I love that video games with their immersive and interactive qualities can not only be as deep as any other medium, but by nature of having the player be involved almost drives you to go deeper because you’re involved. I wish they weren’t still regarded as bastard media in some circles and lauded as the art they most certainly can be.

    I did not know God of War was done by the same people, but I’m not surprised. Definitely adding this and Flower to my to-play list; thanks for the reminder on the latter 🙂

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    • Hey we reviewed both Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and Flower, and I can personally testify that the latter is magnificent.
      I think video games would be seen as art if there weren’t so many infantile, adolescent-fantasy games built on a total lack of imagination or innovation. Making money gets in the way too, but this is an industry.

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      • It’s true there are a lot of those, but hell, most best selling books aren’t considered the height of literature, but no one would deny that books as a whole are an art form. Let’s not even talk about movies… All stories are worthy of discourse, but I think the general population sees the big sellers in video games and that’s what they think, but even there you have gems. Mass Effect and Dragon Age are some of my (non-played) favorites, and you already know my opinion on (classic) Final Fantasy. If the entirety of the book and film medium was judged on such titles as Twilight, that would be an unfair assessment indeed.

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        • In both literature and film, I’d consider classics to be the better examples anyway… forget best-sellers and high-grossing movies. Like you said, there are some gems. And with modern games, the same is true. As far as trends go, I still hope that this one doesn’t become characteristic of the direction the industry is headed in. There are great games from any era, hence why we do reviews from any era, but I am an unabashed retro gamer for a reason! 😉
          Thanks for commenting!

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          • We are in the same boat paddling desperately. It actually saddens me that I no longer find excitement about most new games unless they have a retro flair. The last one I recall that gave me the shivers was Child of Light, which most certainly does. I don’t want to be that crotchety old lady shaking her fist at all these new consoles on her lawn, which I why I tend to cool my rants, but pickings have been slim lately so I appreciate your focus on the “classics,” while still not being oblivious to the new. It makes me feel far less alone 🙂

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