Deponia: The Complete Journey

This Game collects the 3 Deponia games by Daedelic Entertainment: Deponia, Chaos on Deponia, and Goodbye Deponia.  First off, I’m glad I got this set if for nothing other than the developer commentary which is as good as the game itself.  This game brings to mind classics like the Monkey Island series with is old school gameplay mixed with the wit of A Bard’s Tale.  First off, this game is long for this particular style of game play.  I spent over 20 hours on this game.  That’s not a bad thing and certainly some of this time was spent by me going back and redoing some things a different way.  I will try to keep this review as spoiler free as I can, but there might be a small bit or too hidden below that I’ve missed so you’ve been warned.

One thing to understand is that the main protagonist, Rufus, is a complete selfish jerk and a moron.  Don’t let that throw you off.  Rufus is born on a junk planet which humanity essentially destroyed and only the privileged few live up in the sky in the city of Elysium.  When we first meet Rufus he is living with his ex, Toni who can’t stand him.  His father left him when he was 8, he was the former mayor of the town he lives in and he has an unhealthy obsession for leaving Deponia for Elysium.  While Rufus never seems to completely change, there are bits of a better nature that shine through from time to time. Some of the bad things that happen are more due to his ignorance and stupidity than anything else, although there are times it’s just because he’s a jerk.  Thankfully, there are bigger jerks out there to focus on as antagonists.   I’ve read some reviews where people couldn’t get over Rufus’s character as a main protagonist and I’d have to wonder what any of us would be like in this character’s shoes (other than less likely to be as destructive).

The game’s plot and humor are where this game really shines.   Besides the insanely depressing backstory which you get to learn more about as the game goes on, you get to see the overall goal of Rufus gradually change.  The characters throughout the story are also very colorful and very real.  The game is not meant to be taken seriously but there were a couple parts where I did think the humor went a bit off note (mostly part of Goodbye Deponia which is the darkest of the trilogy), but barring that I found myself really enjoying this title.

The gameplay is not too challenging but just enough to keep the plot moving.  You will have to do quite a bit of backtracking to areas you’ve been to but not to areas from previous chapters.  A good tip to know is that spacebar will show you what points can be interacted with if you’re stuck.  I wish I had discovered that earlier in my play through, but the game is still entertaining enough for me to have already started another run through to try to pick up all the Steam achievements I missed.

SPOILER ALERT: I do want to touch on the ending.  A lot of people commented online how disappointed they were with the ending.  In a game like this, that says a lot about how attached to Rufus they were despite all his flaws.  I, myself, prefer the old school “Hollywood ending,” but the ending they had here fit with the overall theme of the trilogy.  It’s not like the endings to the first two games were not depressing, so why expect different at the end of the trilogy? The whole thing is still better than the Mass Effect ending.  Even the creator of the series, Poki, admitted to crying when writing the end.

Overall, the Deponia Trilogy is a definite recommend for mature players (due to some of the content).  If fun, entertaining, just don’t take it too seriously.

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~ by LibraryGamer2979 on January 23, 2015.

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