From the moment you emerge from the gloom into a radical re-imagining of Paris, where the skyline once dominated by the Eiffel Tower has been gatecrashed by futuristic skyscrapers, you realise Remember Me is a game whose science fiction vision is rooted in reality.
As you wander the streets, past pavement cafes and boulangeries, all seems familiar. Then you notice the digital shop signs displaying opening times and daily specials that wouldn’t look out of place in the head-up display of a fighter jet, maintenance bots scuttling between jobs and robot personal shoppers silently hurrying back to their owners.
Beyond the civilised bubble at the heart of the city is a network of slums where the leapers, Paris’s outcasts, exist. Deformed by their addiction to memory downloads, the menace they pose is signalled by a sudden change in Remember Me’s soundtrack; from quiet electronic rhythms to percussive, dangerous stabs of sound. Your screen crackles with distortion as they approach.
You’ll want to explore every alley and swish apartment complex – your rewards for veering off the beaten path are hidden memory packs that detail the ascent of the Memorise Corporation. Remember Me will conjure up its own vivid images long after you finish the game.