“Who’s watching?” The first prompt when you start a new save in We Are OFK should be a clue. This is not an ordinary game.
In the midst of a flurry of recent interactive dramas, OFK takes even less pretense when it comes to giving you agency in this vibrant cartoon thread about a group of discerning millennials trying to make it up. in the LA music scene. You primarily function as a caring observer while the four leads struggle to form a band, navigate the social spiral, and fall into relationships.
However, think of it less as an over-the-top visual novel and more as an interactive press set for a fictional synth-pop band – because behind the major dramas of the characters are some throbbing melodies that sound very real. Those of you old enough to remember The Monkees – a fake band that pulled together to star in a TV show but became a real chart-topping artist – will recognize the concept. .
OFK has a multi-episode structure where more than five episodes focus on each member of the band in turn. The full release is staggered for several weeks, with the first two episodes already out and the remaining three coming over the next month. Each segment builds the story in the direction of creating a “single” accompanied by an interactive video (a little bit).
The opening song, Follow / Unfollow, is a great song and has been on streaming services for a year as the game’s development nears completion. It’s not a lie to say that the other four couldn’t reach the same heights, but they made a very good EP, proving this “fake” band was just a pipe project.
But back to the game. Because it suits LA’s millennials, they’re not always the loveliest group. Self-obsessed, often communicating in short sentences and unaware of their privilege, they still expose their dreams and insecurities to make them much more understandable. The main musician is afraid that their melody won’t cut it. The producer argues with exalted parents. A character grappling with some darkness in their past.
Much of the player interaction revolves around the choice of dialogue responses in text chats, with the scenario quite witty but the actual choices quite illusory. You’re with these people in the scene but you don’t really control them.
As long as you accept that tie-up, OFK will deliver an interesting back story while building on each episode’s song culmination. These tunes – a little Gorillaz, a little Lana del Rey – are the true highlights of the effort, to be remembered long after the advice of the creators has faded.
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