11-11: Memories Retold is a World War 1 story that can be told from two different perspectives. You start where you play each aspect in a prologue of sorts. First is a young Canadian boy Harry who works at a photographer store and the other of a German father Kurt working in a Zeppelin factory. Each enlists for very different reasons. One man wants to impress a lady while in uniform, and the other wants to find his son that was missing in action.
The artwork is beautiful; it is its own unique way. A painting of a memory, a dream of the past. Like most stories, there is a straight point approach. Still, both give you a bit the freedom to walk around the memory and pick up different collectibles along the way. The collectibles also provide you a bit of a history lesson about each if you finish the collection. I thought this was a nice touch, and I prefer to explore my surroundings.
The voice acting is very well done. It took me a while to pinpoint where I heard Harry before, but then it dawns on me, Frodo! Elijah Wood did the voice. I later learned that Sebastian Koch did the voice of Kurt. When playing Kurt’s part of the story, most of it is in German but do not worry, there are subtitles. The way the story blends more and more as time goes on is very well done since everything is to be happening at the same time.
I want to stay away from spoilers, but you cannot help but start to enjoy some of the side characters, and when death really hits home, for both characters at the same time, it is hard to not feel that pain. That sudden realization that this is war. The questioning goes through the minds of those that witness death. Even the other characters you get to play leave an impression on you.
I love everything about this from an interactive story. It is so beautifully done, and if you take the time to do the collectibles, you are probably going to learn something too. But this really isn’t a ‘game’. They put some mini-game actions in it and give you the chance to hunt for the collectibles, but it is very linear. But what do you expect? It is to be memories of two men that went off to fight in World War I. From that standpoint, it is hard to not love it. If you are just looking for a war game, this is not it. I still recommend it to anyone.
Game: 11-11 Memories Retold
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe
Initial Release Date: November 8, 2018
Review: Highly Recommend