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Penumbra: Overture

by Crackle

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Original Thread: Turn on the lights, grab a bowl of spiders and let's play Penumbra

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Introduction



Penumbra: Overture is a mix of survival horror and first-person adventure. The developers focussed on making physics an integral part of the game, and it shows. The puzzles feel very natural, and all of them can be solved if you step back and thing about what would happen. Of course the game environment is so creepy and disturbing that it's nearly impossible to collect your thoughts because oh god something is going to eat me. This game is one of the best horror games I've ever played.

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ToxicFrog posted:

"awesome, lights, things will be much less creepy with the lights on".

NO THEY WON'T BE

My reaction:

The Story
We will be Philip, a 30-year-old physicist. His mother dies, and he receives a note from his supposedly dead father that leads him to Greenland, where he gets lost in the snow. Fortunately, he doesn't freeze to death and finds a hatch leading to an old mine. As he enters, the entrance collapses, and he keeps moving deeper into the mine, and discovers why this whole thing was not a good idea.

I'll be making subtitled videos because the sounds in this game are too good to talk over. There are 20 "notes" in the game that provide backstory and interesting facts. I'll be screenshotting them and posting them separately to keep the videos a bit shorter. Please let me know if I miss something or you want me to do something.

Videos

The bunny email website is all full of viruses.

Part 1 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)
Part 2 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)
Part 3 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)
Part 4 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)
Part 5 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)
Part 6 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)
Part 7 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)
Death Reel - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)


Notes
Video 1
Fisherman's Wife's Love Letter - P1 P2
Officer's Log - P1 P2 P3
Copenhagen Post Article - P1 P2
Big Book of Explosives - P1 P2 P3 - P4 P5
Video 2
Scientific Findings 1 - P1 P2 P3 - P4 P5 P6 - P7 P8
Scientific Findings 2 - P1 P2 P3
Spider Hater's Notes - P1 P2 P3
Workshop Notes - P1
Generator Manual - P1 P2 P3 - P4
Video 3
Emergency Procedures - P1 P2 P3
Foreman's Warning - P1 P2
Excavation Findings - P1 P2 P3
Video 4
Greenland Myths - P1 P2 P3 - P4 P5 P6
Xeno Report - P1 P2 P3
Video 5
Trapped Miner's Last Words - P1 P2 P3 - P4
Video 6
Copenhagen Post - P1 P2
Rockworm Studies - P1 P2 P3 - P4 P5 P6 - P7 P8 P9 - P10 P11 P12
Chemist's Notes - P1 P2
Last Will and Testament of Joe Freeman - P1 P2 P3 - P4
Video 7
Young Red's Predicament - P1 P2 P3
Welcome to the Shelter - P1 P2 P3

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Boat to Outside
Mine 1 to Mine 2
Video 2
Mine 2 to Mine 3
Video 5
Mine 3 to Mine 4
Video 7
To the Shelter



Black Plague continues where Overture left off, and things get weirder and weirder. Weapons are gone, so it's either sneak or run when you come across enemies. Fortunately, there isn't such an emphasis on stealth this time around, so you can concentrate on all the weird stuff that's happening to Philip. Frictional Games learned from Overture, and it definitely shows.

Videos
Part 1 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)
Part 2 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)
Part 3 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)
Part 4 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)
Part 5 - (Original Viddler) (Original Veoh)

Notes
Video 1
Scrap of Paper - P1 P2
Escapee Note - P1 P2
Medical Report - P1 P2
Survivor's Note - P1 P2
Timeline - P1 P2 - P3 P4
Video 2
Password Changes - P1
Howard's Research - P1 P2
Shelter Orientation - P1 P2
Virus Research Report - P1 P2
Video 3
Computer Manual - P1 P2
Temple Operation - P1 P2
Video 4
Cryo Manual - P1 P2 - P3
Chemical Tests - P1 P2
Video 5
 Howard's Final Words  - P1 P2 - P3 P4
Wilbur Frisk Efficiency Report - P1 P2 - P3 P4 - P5

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