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“Open Roads is a family mystery well told, with a clear vision and execution that keeps players engaged without overstaying its welcome. The game follows 16-year-old Tess and her mother Opal as they pack up their belongings after a death in the family, embarking on a road trip that uncovers family secrets along the way. Players explore environments and piece together the story through items like photos, trinkets, and letters, with Opal providing insight into their family history. The game features the talented performances of Keri Russell and Kaitlyn Dever, who bring depth and emotion to their characters, enhancing the overall experience.”

“Featuring hand-drawn character animations against 3D environments, Open Roads has a unique art style that effectively creates a sense of hyperrealism. The game is rooted in the early 2000s, with details like flip phones, music, and MapQuest directions adding to the nostalgic atmosphere. While the lip sync animations may be limited, the overall visual presentation adds to the experience and immerses players in the story. The game offers a captivating narrative that keeps players hooked and delivers a heartfelt journey filled with tenderness, love, and tension.”

“Open Roads is a captivating experience that offers around 90 minutes of gameplay, with all elements coming together harmoniously to serve a compelling story. The strong central performances of Russell and Dever elevate the game, bringing a deep sense of humanity to their characters. Despite some minor qualms with the animation, the overall quality of the game shines through, offering a satisfying and immersive experience. Like a good road trip, the journey is the focus, and Open Roads delivers on that promise.”

“Receiving a rating of 8/10, Open Roads is set to release on March 28 on various platforms including PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. The game will be available on Game Pass on day one, offering players the opportunity to experience this captivating mystery adventure. For more gaming news and insights, readers can follow the author’s Forbes blog for weekly updates and support the work at no cost. With engaging gameplay, compelling storytelling, and strong performances, Open Roads promises to be a memorable experience for players seeking a poignant and immersive journey.”

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