• Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
• Players: 1
• Achievements: Yes
• Steam Trading Cards: Yes
• Controller Support: Yes
• Retail Price: $14.99
High Level Premise – Gemini: Heroes Reborn is a first person action-adventure title that allows users to enter into the role of Cassandra, on a journey to unlock incredible powers with then Heroes TV show universe.
Graphics/Style – Bioshock or Psi-Ops would be comparable for style, but a few glitches were apparent during gameplay
Music/Soundtrack – Music is reminiscent of the score for the TV show
Story – Cassandra and Alex are on a quest to find answers about Cassandra’s powers and their possible origin while simultaneously trying to solve a mystery surrounding her family.
Replay-ability – The game is a little too easy on normal, and a second play-through on hard would make it challenging if you liked the gameplay.
Value – Well worth the price which was surprising since it was a licensed game.
Favorite Element – The time travel power was well done, with your character being able to traverse two time periods simultaneously.
Let me start off in saying that Heroes the TV show was awesome until the second season. It would have been easy for this title to slide by me, but I am glad I was given a chance to play the game as it was a pleasant surprise. This game was developed by the same people who made Psi-ops and Stranglehold from a few years ago, and I thought Stranglehold was a hidden gem of a game.
After playing the game I don’t think it matters if you know much about the show or not but fans will see Easter Eggs and other hints at the show. Two writers from the series helped develop the game so it would remain consistent with the tone and style of the show. You play Cassandra, a girl seeking answers about her past and trying to find out more about her parents. Her friend, Alex, stumbles upon info about her parents at his employer, which leads them to a mysterious building surrounded by guards and high fencing in the mountains. This building “the Quarry” which seems to be abandoned upon first glance is unexpectedly packed with armed guards, and while trying to keep away from the guards, via Alex’s direction, Cassandra falls into the facility, awakening her slumbered superpowers. Adventures follow.
Cassandra’s newly awakened super powers are related to time and space manipulation, with additional powers coming as the game progresses. Her telekinesis which Tenacious D taught us is “the ability to kill a yak from 200 yards away with mind bullets”, allows you to rip grates off the wall to let you crawl through or simply pick up a guard and throw them into the air. Cassandra also can slow down time, so she is a little more powerful than many of the characters in the show but they provide for interesting gameplay and puzzle solving.
I found Gemini: Heroes Reborn was a worthwhile adventure game, and I ask that you avoid condemning the game outright based on the tie-in TV show which is really up and down in terms of quality. As a digital download the game is worth a play through, and I would be interested to see if this team makes another similar game soon.