Please use spoiler tags to the best of your ability as a courtesy to other forumers, but due to the non-linear nature of this game and it's deeper layers, even with tags in place you may be spoiled on story beats and mechanics if you haven't hit credits (or heck, even if you have, it's that kinda game). What is Immortality?
Immortality is an FMV game from Half Mermaid Productions, that is directed by Sam Barlow (Her Story, Telling Lies) with writing from Allan Scott (Don’t Look Now, Queen’s Gambit), Amelia Gray (Mr. Robot, Maniac) and Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart, Lost Highway). It launched on Windows and the Xbox family (including Game Pass) with Mac, Android and iOS versions in the works (mobile stuff will be through the Netflix app though). The basic premise is that model-turned-actress Marissa Marcel (Manon Gage) starred in three ill-fated movies in 1968, 1970 and 1999 that never saw the light of day, and little is known about why or what happened to Marissa herself. That is, until a veritable treasure trove of unreleased behind the scenes film (interviews, rehearsals, unedited footage and more) is discovered, with you being tasked with scrubbing the footage for answers. However, no sooner do you start when all but one clip is lost, but
you can pause the clips at any time and move your cursor around to pseudo-match cut and recover footage from elsewhere in the archive.Content Warning
Immortality incorporates some heavy topics, which Half Mermaid have helpfully outlined on their website and the games' main menu
The movies of Marissa Marcel are presented untouched or edited and reflect the values of their times. Viewers are warned that the film footage collected within IMMORTALITY contains subject matter that may be upsetting. The stories are taken from the gothic, thriller and supernatural genres and tackle themes and elements such as:
– Strong curse words
– Blasphemy regarding the Catholic faith
– Sudden and surprising visual cuts and sound events
– Alcohol, cigarette and drug use
– Abusive relationships
– Nudity, sex
– Blood and wounding
– Sexual assault
– Murder (asphyxia, knife and firearm)
I'll finish off this post by saying that it was a hell of a game, and one I'm going to be thinking about for a long time.