Title: My Big Sister
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Genre: Horror, Adventure, Role-Playing
Platform: PS4, PS Vita
Audience: PEGI 12
Release Date: 08/05/19
Price: £4.99 – Rapid Reviews UK was very kindly provided with a review code for this title.
What the Developers say
Meet Luzia, a sarcastic twelve-year-old with a playful sense of humor. If you believe what she says, My Big Sister is an RPG-like adventure game that is not about her but about her sister Sombria.http://www.ratalaikagames.com/games/mybigsister.php
My Big Sister is a game about Luzia and Sombria, two sisters who are trying to get back home after being kidnapped by strangers and Luzia takes it upon herself to ensure they both make it home.
Across the game’s multiple chapters and played from a top-down perspective, in My Big Sister, players can expect to clear puzzles and find specific items should they wish to advance through the game’s story, but be sure to take your time. With plenty of secrets and multiple endings, you’ll have your work cut out for you to make sure you get the ending Luzia and Sombria deserve.
My Big Sister is indeed a psychological thriller set in a grizzly world of sinister acts. Full of twists and turns, the title never lets up or slows down. If you’re looking for a compelling, yet cathartic game, then this may be your port of call. It is story driven and immersive, genuinely haunting at times, pulling the gamer into a domain where shifty shadows and characters rule. And My Big Sister also proves you don’t need advanced graphics and weapons to feel the wrath of intensity.
My Big Sister focuses more on story than gameplay. You play as Luzia who tries to save her sister from oblivion. Strangers capture Sombria, and it’s up to you to try to guide her home. But it’s not straight-forward as there are many puzzles and secrets to unravel. It can take 4 hours to complete My Big Sister. The mechanics are fairly direct, and the aesthetics are pixelated and have that retro finish. Although this shouldn’t discourage players from jumping into the drama.
Throughout My Big Sister, you will pick up many items that are fundamental to progression. These items can be bizarre, but they all serve a purpose. As well as this, you meet eerie characters, and some are not human. Some aid you in your pursuit, but some are out to halt your advancement.
Character design is simple, but still engaging. The whole concept of this game is to feel for the protagonist and her hapless big sister. You may shed a tear, and you may feel sentimental. The story is gripping, and it is poignant and well-constructed with meaning and substance.
My Big Sister isn’t an easy game. It is difficult, and as the player, you must think coherently. It can be puzzling, and you can spend a considerable amount of time trying to beat it. Who doesn’t want to be challenged anyway?
Audio & Visuals
The visuals are retro. They aren’t ground-breaking, but they will give you that nostalgic feeling. You may think you have been transported back to the 90s, but that isn’t a terrible thing. The quality of the audio is key to the game. There are times when it grabs you and feels jittery. The feeling of impending doom imposes. Running away from a frightening character can cause the heart to beat rapidly. It’s always good to be on edge, as it adds to the atmosphere.
As mentioned prior, the character design is relatively modest. The surrounding areas are vibrant and edgy, with many of the levels being splattered in blood and guts.
My Big Sister has great replayability factor due to the multiple endings. Also, you can return to the levels and pick up items you left behind. After finishing the game, you can click on any level to return to the blood-splattered madness. Not many games nowadays have that option, and not many have excellent replayability dynamic. So, yes, delve back in and rediscover and uncover many more secrets.
If you’re accustomed to games that look and play like old style Final Fantasy, then you’re in for a treat. The story is highly immersive and brilliantly lucid, with many high points and low points. It is a short game, but there is a concrete plot. Scenarios and scenes are aplenty. Overall, My Big Sister is a gripping tale of sincerity and bloodshed.
Rapid Reviews UK Rating
You can purchase My Big Sister from the PlayStation Store on the following link, https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP0896-CUSA15333_00-MYBIGSISTERBUNDL
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