Yesterday Origins is a point and click adventure game where you play as John Yesterday piecing together your past and how you have such a special ability, should yesterday origins be left in the past? Red our review to find out…
The game starts off 500 years in the past where a young John Yesterday has been jailed by the spanish inquisition for allegedly being the son of satan, this is down to the fact he can read many languages first things first you need to get yourself out of the jail cell, now, i’ve played a lot of point and click adventure games in my time, my favourite being the monkey island series but Yesterday Origins had me puzzled at first, it’s not just point and click for certain tasks, in some cases you’ll have to point at an object, select the object you want to use with it and then give a reason why you want to do this, it did take me a little while to figure out what the game wanted from me, I found this annoying at first but once I realised it’s a little more indepth than normal point and click games I started getting sucked into it. Ontop of the more indepth actions, the storyline itself had me hooked! After being jailed you escape and join a group of satanic monks who eventually figure out how to make humans immortal, you become immortal yourself but the kicker is, whenever you die you are reincarnated at the same age but without any memory of who you are.
As you can imagine having no memory other than recent events you set out to figure out what happened to you and who/what you are. In the present you’re spending your time in paris with your girlfriend Pauline Petite who is also immortal, unlike yourself though when she dies and regenerates her memory is in fact intact, Pauline helps you every step of the way on your story looking back at the life you used to live, she’s a crucial resource in piecing everything together, at certain points in the game you can jump between john and pauline playing as each character and figuring out different aspects of Johns past..
Now that’s about all the information i’m going to give you about the story itself, I don’t want to give anything away and i’d like to be as vague as possible thus staying away from any spoilers, something I need to touch on is how flakey the controls can be, for example when you’re trying to highlight something, you need to be in an exact position, I did find myself spending more time walking around an object to find the highlighted button then i’d have liked to, i’m assuming one day a patch will be released to fix this fault but at the moment it does make the game a little annoying. Other than that everything else seems to work as such, selecting left bumper for your item menu bar and right bumper for different ideas or reasons you have picked up which you can use throughout the game when you come in touch with certain tasks asking for a reason.
Each area you come across in the game whether it be in the past or present is quite detailed, this is something i wasn’t expecting when i first looked at Yesterday Origins but i have to admit i was quite surprised at how much detail and art has went into it, it’s not what i’d have expected for a game of this genre but, we are into the “next gen” era of gaming aren’t we? All of this is complemented with nice subtle audio throughout the game, for example when you’re in the past you find yourself in a church, in the background you’ll hear some chilling music playing but not enough to class it as a “creepy horror” just enough to give you a slight eery feeling, some of the other touches like footteps etc being heard were also great and at times a cheeky comical dialog!