C-Mass’ Corner: pre and post 21st century video game reviews


Caden Massey, Staff Writer

Because of the COVID-19 lockdown, humanity has been stuck indoors for the entire summer.

Typically, this would be a bad thing, but because I am a public servant (your welcome) I decided to play a bunch of different video games.

Then after I spent 125 days playing video games, I overheard some guy in the store talking, and he said, “If you are going to spend all your time doing something, you better be getting paid for it.”

I thought this was perfect because I love giving my terrible opinions and talking about video games.

So, then I contacted my friendly neighborhood editor who has given me an opportunity to write

about some of the games I played this summer.

Night Call

Imagine for a moment that everything is black and white, just like grandpa used to describe it.

Now imagine for a moment that you are a sleep deprived, scruffy looking taxi driver in Paris.

This is basically the setting of the 2019 game, Night Call. To not spoil the story, I will just say that you are an ex-con of sorts and you may or may not have changed your name.

You also may or may not be brothers with an “enemy of the country of France.”

This may or may not provoke a crooked cop to force you to work for the police, picking up bits of information about potential suspects who have been accused of being serial killers terrorizing Paris.

All jokes aside, it is a very good story and I could never do it justice.

I hope you like your games slow and uneventful, because that’s what Night Call is.

Now don’t get me wrong. It is very artistic and has a lot of very human moments. The game talks about lots of current issues plaguing the world like Brexit, racism, coming to terms with your sexuality, and the ever-increasing cost of gas.

I spent at least 150 Euros on gas in that game.

That is something… unique… about this game. You have to manage your time as you only have a

handful of hours every day to do anything.

You are supposed to spend your time talking to suspects and gathering clues. What you will end up spending time on will be exciting events like: Driving a ghost around, scratching scratch off tickets, reading the newspaper, helping people with relationship issues, driving drunk people, and even exciting events like driving a homeless person around for free!

The company you work for also takes your money if you waste to much time.

That’s where my issue comes in. You simply do not have enough time, and random events are everywhere in the game, ruining your game plan. On the upside though, you do get to drive Santa around. So, I take it all back.

A lot of reviewers would say this game is the kind of game you play one time and never again. I think those people are lazy. My total playtime so far was a whopping 5 hours on the first story, which I finished. So, I want to spend an additional 10 hours playing the other two stories, because let’s face it, I’m a different breed.

The only other complaint I have are slight visual glitches from time to time, but they really aren’t that big of a deal.

If you are looking for a way to play this game, I would recommend Xbox One, PS4, or PC. It is also available on Nintendo Switch, but I would imagine the glitches would be more noticeable.

Overall, I am going to rate this game 8 taxis out of 10.