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80 Days (FWIW: Time Magazine's Game of the Year for 2014)


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I haven't played it yet, but here's an Overview: The plot is loosely based on Jules Verne's novel Around the World in Eighty Days. The year is 1872 with a Steampunk twist and Monsieur Phileas Fogg has placed a wager at the Reform Club that he can circumnavigate the world in eighty days or less. The game follows the course of this adventure, as narrated by Phileas Fogg's manservant Passepartout, whose actions and decisions are controlled by the player. After leaving London on an underwater train to Paris, the player can choose their own route around the world, traveling from city by airship, submarine, mechanical camel, steam-train, hovercraft, and more, racing other players and a clock that never stops. There's even an entire city that walks on four gigantic legs. Each city and journey contains unique narrative content. The developers estimate that on one complete circumnavigation of the globe players will see approximately 3% of the game's 500,000 words (that's equal to several hefty novels) of textual content. Every city and journey is narrated via an interactive story where you control every action. In their role as valet, players must manage finances, their master's health, and time as well as buying and selling items in different markets around the globe. The choices made by the player in story sections can also have a large impact on how the journey proceeds. Will your choices speed you up - or lead you into disaster? Will you earn Fogg's trust and respect? Will you uncover the secrets and short-cuts that can shave days off your time? Murder, romance, rebellion and intrigue await! Smile
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