[PlayStation 4] Twin Mirror Review
Twin Mirror from DONTNOD and Bandai Namco is a narrative-driven journey on PlayStation 4 that is worth checking out. Find out why in our Twin Mirror review!
I got a chance to preview Twin Mirror back in July, and I definitely liked what I saw of the game. It’s now December, and after having some time with the final build, I’m here to say that if you’re a fan of DONTNOD’s previous efforts, then you’re going to enjoy your time with Twin Mirror. You’ll be playing as journalist Samuel Higgs, in an adventure with nods to the cult classic Twin Peaks while giving of some Deadly Premonition vibes – in the best of ways. You are back in your hometown of Basswood, Virginia, to attend a funeral. As expected, there’s more than meets the eye, and a mystery unravels before you, begin for you to pull the thread in order to find what is going on.
Sam seems to be… a bit off. You’ll notice he’ll be interacting with a character that has a very big resemblance to Sam himself, and that no one else seems to be able to see said individual. He also has a very interesting way of going about investigating things. After searching each location to gather as much evidence as possible in order to unlock as many clues as you can, you’ll store them in the Mind Palace, a special place inside of Sam’s brain where you’ll be able to form a hypothesis based on what you have gathered.
As you answer a series of questions, you’ll form hypotheses that reflect the evidence you’ve found and the choices you’ve made. When you settle on a hypothesis, you will get to see a projection of the version of the events that you’re proposing. Change your answers, and you’ll get a different projection. Once you think that everything is as it should be and that your hypothesis is correct, it will be time to recreate this particular version to see if you’re actually right. Make some mistakes, and you’ll need to revise your hypothesis to form a different scenario.
You’ll move with the left analog stick, moving the view around Sam with the right one. You can interact with objects and people with the X button, which will be how you spend most of your time in this narrative-driven adventure. You’ll also have to press the Triangle button to take a closer look at things. You can move faster by pressing and holding down the R2 button. You can open your journal with the Touchpad on the DualShock 4. Once you’re to dive in and recreate a scene – and enter the Mind Palace – you can do so with the R1 button.
As you can see from the screens in this review – as well as the game’s trailer – while the real world is a bit darker and certainly gloomier, Sam’s Mind Palace is clean, sharp, and neatly ordered. The Mind Palace conveys a greater sense of peace, which is probably needed so that Sam can come up with the different hypothesis that will allow you to take a step closer towards the truth. You’ll be visiting Sam’s Mind Palace during your time with Twin Mirror as you interact with new items as you start to unravel new story info.
Trophy-wise, Twin Mirror has a full trophy list for you to work on as you try to add a new Platinum trophy for your collection. Several of the trophies are tied to progressing through the game’s story, and there are trophies tied to each of the different endings that you can reach based on the decisions you make. There are also a handful of trophies tied to completing specific sections of the game during your first try, or without resorting to getting some outside help. Oh, and you’ll also get a trophy for playing Pac-Man. Yes, you read that right. You can play the Pac-Man arcade game in Twin Mirror, thanks to Bandai Namco being the publisher of this particular release.
I had liked what I saw of Twin Mirror for my preview of the game, and I’m here to report that it has all translated into the final version of the game you can now enjoy on PlayStation 4. This is not an action game, so you better be ready to interact with all of the different characters that have played a role as to why Sam is the Sam he is today. If you’re a fan of narrative-driven games, and enjoyed DONTNOD’s Life is Strange, the you should check out Twin Mirror on PlayStation 4. The game is out now with a $29.99 asking price.
This Twin Mirror review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Bandai Namco.