Get Even is a first person psychological shooting video game developed by The Farm 51 studios, who were also the creators behind titles such as Deadfall Adventure, and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment studios for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, and was released for these platforms originally on 23 June 2017. Get Even incorporates psychological game design elements in the gameplay, and was made using the powerful Unreal Engine 3.
In Get Even players are put in the shoes of a man known as Cole Black, who one day suddenly wakes up to find that he is in an old and abandoned asylum. He’s all confused as to why he is there, as the only memory he has is of an incident where he tried to rescue a teenage girl who apparently had a bomb strapped to her chest. Cole Black also discovers that there is a strange piece of technology wrapped around his head, and that can be used to read and replay human memory. And so begins Cole’s journey as he delves deep into the farthest reaches of his own mind, and tries to uncover the mysteries surrounding the asylum, the teenage girl, the bomb and more importantly, himself. As he goes further, he discovers more and more of the elusive Red, whose identity and intentions are anyone’s guess.
The asylum in Get Even is a dilapidated building with many hallways and dark room. Players have to be on alert at all time of psychotic patients that lunge at him from time to time. These must be killed using guns. At various places in the asylum are strewn photos everywhere, and these are all photos of Black’s life, and upon interacting with them, that specific moment in Black’s life when the photo was taken can be played. In this way, the story is uncovered through bits and pieces of memory found in the asylum. More information can also be obtained by interacting with environmental objects.
Get Even is a video game that tries to incorporate as many game genres as possible into one, so there’s a little bit of everything in the game. There are fast paced gun action, stealth sections, and detective sections where clues must be analyzed. The Farm 51 has tried their best in creating a mixture of these genres, and the result is a very satisfying experience where all the mysteries are revealed and the story comes to an apt end.
Get Even also has great graphics and art, but better than that are the game’s attention to detail, which really fleshes out the creepiness of the asylum and help significantly in the world building. For example, players can listen to the phones some insane patients have dropped while fighting you, and they’ll find their wives or relatives asking if they’re okay. Such detail creates ground-breaking immersion like no psychological thriller game has ever done before.