Meredith decides to leave a busy life behind to be a postman in a small rural village. Will he return to the city, or will he start a new life in Providence Oaks?
Normalcy is a rare thing in video games, and that’s not good.
It’s fun to play as a super hero, the perfect soldier, the invincible robot, the demon hunter with a good sense of humor, but the device can not continue to grow without finally considering absolute humanity, with its limitations and its flaws. The adventures of courage offer us the emotions of a heart and every day can be counted on the fingers of one hand: they are few but precious. Fortunately, for a few days, there is another one.
Let’s find out in Lake Review this amazing experience.
Game, experience, adventure. Lake you can call it whatever you want, it doesn’t matter. Interesting are the emotions he wants to arouse as well as the doubt with which he tries to confuse you. We don’t know if it’s luck or a simple calculation, but Lake focuses on one of the big questions of recent years, always in our eyes amid post-pandemic reports: we’ll go back to what we were before. ? Partly, yes, I’m sure, but as the news tells us, many people are doubting their lives, starting with their chosen profession and in many cases suffering in the years leading up to Covid-19. As they say in Rome, life is mozzico and the situation we find ourselves in reminds us in the most shocking way possible, by revolutionizing the order of priorities of each of us. Is it worth the extra money, as long as it tells you right, but you live at work? Do you never really know your children, always stay away from home, just think about your career and damn a little about yourself? Maybe, or maybe not.
Oaks of Providence
This is the theme of Lag, this is the crossroads in which he will find himself Meredith Weiss, a woman not far from her forties and with an excellent career in a big city who agrees with her father’s request to change, for only two weeks, as a postman in the small town of Oaks of Providence, where she was born and raised. When he delivers letters and packages, he meets old acquaintances and shakes new hands, until he finds himself at the crossroads of the most important roads of his life. There is no supernatural entity in the Lake, no violent tendency towards horror or thriller; what you live with Meredith is a small but fundamental corner of life, a sweet slice of normalcy.
A September 80s
The events of Lag it takes place in the mid-80s of September in which only a few summers remain, despite the fact that autumn has long since begun to reshape the paths and forests of Providence Oaks. This small rural village is made up of a cramped city center, pushed between a few streets, an even smaller residential detachment located behind a bridge, and a little more to embrace this large and mysterious lake wrapped in woods, such as lunch, camping , a small motel and wooded area characterized by several huts inhabited by lumberjacks and people in search of tranquility. There aren’t many roads, and some aren’t even paved. All the design options are very wise because they manage to make a map look bigger in any case extremely contained, so that it has a realistic breath without making the postman’s work too annoying.
There is a package for you
In the two weeks at Providence Oaks, most of the time was spent as a postman, driving the white van made available to us by the company. Every day we have to deliver two types of mail: the letters to be delivered to the classic American mailbox, and the packages to be picked up at the door of the house instead and, if possible, delivered. short hands to the recipient; if this is not possible, if no one answers the doorbell, they are left in front of his door. Each move has a predetermined number of deliveries to be made: sometimes they are more and sometimes less, sometimes they lead you to the opposite side of the lake and others allow you to get to the end of the day faster, but there is nothing, m there is no risk of making a mistake.
The gameplay related to this activity does not provide failures of any kind, it is not possible to put a letter in a box other than his own, to delete the packages or damage the van in an accident, or to get a fine. The purpose in this case is to let us savor a deliberately repetitive daily life, to waste our time so that we have no doubts about the life that awaits if at some point we decide to leave everything behind to start over. this beautiful village. If you’re looking for a postman simulator, kind of Death Stranding a la Life is Strange, you have the wrong game with Lake.
A role already written
Delivering certain packages, however, makes us get in touch with different characters, organize appointments in our spare time, activate small side quests always focused on getting something to someone. When these meetings are held, Lag it will turn into a kind of visual novel where in the dialogues we can choose to interpret our character, Meredith, in different ways, but without ever leaving a figure that has very specific characteristics. Because of their importance, it’s good that the dialogues are written so well, and they acted much better than expected. The quality of dubbing often exceeds that of facial animations, but it is not a big problem and in general the graphic quality obtained, the style so described, always goes beyond what one would expect from a product created with budget and team. so kept.
Although the scheme does not provide for big choices, based on how we respond to dialogues we will still have the opportunity to make and reject friendships, even discovering love where we never thought we would find it. It’s a great experience, allowing you to play an already written role with extreme effectiveness.
The steam bank says it took us about nine hours to get to the end of the Lake, but we played the game all the way to avoid being transported to our destination and enjoying every inch of the environment. You can do it all in less, seven or eight hours, or go for credits in half the time, but if you’re in a hurry, Lake may not be the experience you’re looking for, that’s for you. After all, the goal of the game is precisely to make us slow down, and the only way it should hit us in the heart is to make it through the gameplay of a deliberately rare video game, but no less full of emotions.
- Good dialogues
- Excellent characterization of the characters
- Well recreated atmosphere
- A small game that would no longer hurt a breathing room
- Various technical muds