Syberia 3

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Syberia 3
Syberia III Logo.png
Developer(s)Microïds[1]
Publisher(s)Anuman
Producer(s)Elliot Grassiano[2]
Designer(s)Benoît Sokal[3]
Lucas Lagravette
Artist(s)Amanda Goengrich
Writer(s)Benoît Sokal[4]
Composer(s)Inon Zur[5]
SeriesSyberia
EngineUnity
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
OS X
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4 & Xbox One
  • EU: 21 April 2017
  • NA: 25 April 2017
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: 18 October 2018
Genre(s)Graphic adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

Syberia 3 is a graphic adventure video game developed by Microïds and published by Anuman for Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.[6][7] It is the third entry of the Syberia series which follows the adventures of American lawyer Kate Walker as she travels across Siberia.

Plot[edit]

After abandoning the island of Syberia, Kate Walker finds herself adrift on a makeshift boat, rescued by the Youkol people. Determined to escape their common enemies, she decides to help the nomads fulfill their odd ancestral tradition, as they accompany their snow ostriches on their seasonal migration.[1]

The game also takes the player through the charming town of Valsembor, the voyage on a ship named Krystal, through an abandoned theme park in Baranour, which was tragically destroyed by a nuclear fallout and radiation still blocks off parts of the park. In the game, Kate helps the Youkols to find their lost temple and find the snow ostrich breeding grounds.

Development[edit]

On 1 April 2009, Microïds announced that Syberia 3 was being developed and aimed to be released on Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3 in June 2010 as a real-time 3D game. The company had stated that the game would miss its original June 2010 release date because negotiations with Benoît Sokal were under way and Microïds was then acquired by Anuman. On 17 April 2010, another press release was issued, explaining that the Microsoft Windows version will be released, but the PlayStation 3 version may not, due to problems with Sony[vague]. Microïds had also asked that fans of Syberia send them emails of support for the game. In an interview given in February 2011, Sokal revealed that work on the game had not started due to a lack of funding.

In November 2012, Microïds revealed that Sokal had officially signed a contract with Anuman to write the story of Syberia 3, the development had started and game will be overseen by Elliot Grassiano, the original founder of Microïds. The game was scheduled for release in 2014-2015.[8] On 21 August 2013, it was announced that the game had gone into production.[9] The game's first screenshots were shown on 13 August 2014, and the stated release was given as of 2015 on Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS and Android.[10] The game was released in April 2017, dubbed in English, French, German, Polish and Russian, with subtitles in Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Czech, Korean and Chinese.[11]

In November 2017, a DLC file was released entitled "An Automaton with a Plan", where the player acts as the automaton Oscar.[12]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PC) 51/100[13]
(PS4) 48/100[14]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Game Informer5/10[15]
GameSpot4/10[16]
PC Gamer (US)30/100[17]

Syberia 3 received "mixed or average" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[13][14]

5/10 was Elise Favis's score on Game Informer and said "The Syberia series is a product of its time, and Syberia 3 doesn’t bring back any excitement. It is plagued by bugs, a disappointing storyline, cliché characters, and puzzles that are more frustrating than fun. This return fails to do the series justice, feeling more like an unpolished and dated adventure game instead of a revival."[15]

"Slivers of enjoyment and potential are found within a disconnected and underwhelming journey. The characters, their interactions, the way they speak, and the reason they even exist all mash into a puzzle-adventure game devoid of significance or impact. The Syberia series deserved a better return, otherwise, it should've been left in the past." was Michael Higham's conclusion on GameSpot with a score of 4/10.[16]

PC Gamer's Fraser Brown scored the game a 30/100 with the consensus "Some solid puzzles can’t rescue what is an otherwise terrible adventure game." Fraser criticized the game for its disconnected story, poor graphics and animation, subpar translation to English, awkward voice acting and unmitigated software bugs that severely damage the gaming experience.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shea, Brian (19 May 2016). "A Deep Look At Kate Walker's New Journey - Syberia 3 - PlayStation 4". Game Informer. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  2. ^ Romano, Sal (26 November 2012). "Syberia III announced for multiplatform 2014-2015 release". Gematsu. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  3. ^ Sarkar, Samit (26 November 2012). "Syberia 3 in development with original writer, set for release in 2014 or 2015". Polygon. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  4. ^ "GAME CONNECTION - Anuman and Benoit Sokal confirms Syberia 3". Gamasutra. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  5. ^ Iqbal, Haris (25 June 2015). "Inon Zur To Reveal The Music For Syberia 3 At Gamescom VGMLive". Push Start. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  6. ^ Keefer, John (8 February 2017). "Syberia 3 Gets A New Release Date and Trailer". Shacknews. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  7. ^ Romano, Sal (5 October 2016). "Syberia 3 delayed to Q1 2017". Gematsu. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Anuman Interactive and Benoit Sokal confirm Syberia III is on its way". Facebook. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Syberia 3, the sequel of Microïds' adventure game cult saga, goes in production". Facebook. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Syberia - Videogame - FIRST SYBERIA 3 SCREENSHOTS REVEALED !". Microïds.
  11. ^ Gordon, Galit (20 April 2017). "SYBERIA 3 Launches with New Trailer". Gaming Cypher. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Syberia 3 - An Automaton with a plan on Steam". Steampowered.com.
  13. ^ a b "Syberia 3 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Syberia 3 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  15. ^ a b Favis, Elise (4 May 2017). "Better Left In The Past - Syberia 3 - PlayStation 4". Game Informer. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  16. ^ a b Higham, Michael (28 April 2017). "Syberia 3 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  17. ^ a b Brown, Fraser (25 April 2017). "Syberia 3 review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 25 April 2017.

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