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After 3 long years of sleepless nights and near fatal set backs, Exmortis 3 has finally been released. I have put my heart and my soul in to this creation, so I hope more than anything that you enjoy this tale of revenge and salvation.
Over to you now, my friends...
It felt different from the other two games.
The atmosphere of the game has more of a action thriller to it other than a horror feel, the demo seems less scarier than the other two because the last two protagonists were ignorant of exmortis, while this protagonist knows what to do and has the abilty to preform powers.
This is the turning point of the Exmortis series.
It's still a fun game, a little comfusing, but I'll get the hang of it.
The epitomy of all your hard work,
and it does NOT disappoint.
I have played the first two Exmortis games at least 3 to 4 times each over the last few years, and always took the time to appreciate the wonderfully horror-filled atmosphere you created. That's always been my most favorite part. Yes, the puzzles can be deceptive and hard to figure out, and the shock value is good, but the atmosphere... few people can create one designed to induce fear and have it succeed, but you have done this, in all 3 games, like it was a born gift. These games are truly terrifying.
Getting to personal opinion, I actually have to say I preferred the first two Exmortis games to this one (I did buy the full version and played to completion, or at least one ending) this one had more of a conclusive feel to it. The protagonist knew what was going on and was more able to deal with the mental and physical problems that came up. While this is in no way bad, it just didn't have the true element of helpless fear that the first two did. The uncertainty combined with the more confined element of being trapped in a house-gone-slaughterhouse filled with the angry spirits of the dead as well as the demonic spirits of those like Vlaew, along with your amazing art and look concepts was truly a horrifyingly scary experience.
Exmortis 3, while lacking in the above stated feeling (in my opinion at least) had SO much more to offer in terms of length and gameplay than the other two, which is always a good thing. The powers, the ability to make actual choices that affected how things played out, having actual dialogue with multiple characters, it all combined to make an amazing experience; ESPECIALLY when you consider the overlying fact... this is a flash game!
There's also the story to comment on. This series has an amazing story to it, one that I have enjoyed thoroughly. The plot twists and unexpected occurances always left me second guessing what was going on, and predictions were never easy to make, if not impossible. I find probably the most enjoyable part I had in this series was reading the diary of the farm owner in Exmortis 2. 20 + pages chronicling this families life throughout the war and takeover and every part was just an amazing read. Then the corkboard with all the newspaper clippings to add to it, the level of detail just blew my mind.
Looking at the end of Exmortis 3 (no spoilers coming) makes me think a 4th installment is by no means an impossibility. Please do continue this amazing series, your talent and ideas in this field obviously grow leaps and bounds with every installment and I personally would love to see how far this can go.
Completely blew my mind into a million peices
THIS is a flash game? Seriously? Totally amazing. The Exmortis games are, to me, hands down, the best flash games on the net. This, is surely the holy grail of all flash games.
The graphics are damn near impeccable. Everything has that lovely, old, decayed look to it, and you definitely do not skip on the blood and gore. The sounds send a chill down my spine. I first played the demo at night, turned off all the lights. I have never been scared by a game before, but that was before I knew of the Exmortis series.
I certainly hope you continue to make these type of flash 'survival horror' games. I've been a fan of games like Resident Evil, Left 4 Dead etc. Perhaps you should look into putting the whole series on a disk and marketing it. Of course, I'm not sure how one would go about it, just an idea. I know I'd buy it, I'm on my way to buy the full version of this right now! And I have no problem forking out a few dollars for this game. I'm sure we've all made 'impulse' purchases in stores before, so what is the big deal with paying for a great game, one that has been in the works for 3 years, and has been polished to near perfection?
Thank you so much for this wonderful work of art!
Great work but I'm disappointed in other NG users
Firstly, before reviewing this properly, It's disappointing that people are grading this game badly "because it's a demo". Look at the very top of the website: "Newgrounds: Everything, by Everyone". It doesn't say you can't submit a demo. It is still a flash and it plays like a game. Grade it normally as an ordinary flash game, in an unbiased and emotionally detached manner. Put aside the fact that it's a demo, while rating it. It's alright to be disappointed that you need to pay for the full game but stop acting like 5 year olds. Rating how good or bad is it and whether you need to pay are 2 different matters altogether. Now for the review.
Graphics: Great look, a lot of polish went into it. Author does advise users to adjust brightness settings for optimum effect.
Audio: Continually able to channel the eerie and desolate envrionment to the user. The addition of volume control from a menu option is a plus, not many people put that in.
Gameplay: Something old, yet something new. The plot has progressed, it leads users on and makes sense. Puzzles are not too difficult, yet still quite interesting. Same ex mortis feel, more polish all around. It is able to build on the atmosphere of the older games in the series.
Summary: Overall, another great game (I'm grading it just as it is, as a flash game) It makes you want to know more about the story and it gets you attached to your character as you wonder about what is going on in the plot. Do give this game a try.
~End of official review~
doctormagus: In your review you said he'd lose all of his fans by making it pay to play. If you've read some of the other reviews, there are those who have whipped out their credit cards to purchase it. Do understand that pay to play is an active choice on the part of the consumer. Yes you need to pay for the full version, but NO one is forcing you to buy it. Enjoy this flash game, grade it for its own individual quality, not because you need to pay, because you don't need to if you don't want to.
light0dark: My impression is that the majority of newgrounds users are in the late teens to working adult range. They would generally be able to afford it. Alternatively they could save up some money and ask someone with a credit card (parent, friend etc.) to purchase it for them and pay that person back in cash. Also, as I've said earlier in the review, there's nothing that says you can't submit demos. Newgrounds is for everyone to showcase what their talent in terms of flash. audio and art.
Thanks for reading my review. I just hope that after reading this, you'll grade flash fairly based on its individual merits as a flash game/"video", not based on other emotional factors. A lot of effort went into this, if you think it's not good enough, then spend the next 3 years to make something much better than ex mortis 3(full version) and post it up here for free, and prove it to all of newgrounds.
For a demo.
Its pretty damn good, only problem, its a demo, maybe make it a bit bigger for a demo?
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