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Contrast review

Contrast review

Shifty shades of grey.

Contrast is a game about light and dark and the comprehension of physical space, but it's also a game about time. A few months more and this whole experience could have been hammered into fine shape and further refined until it was something special. Instead, laid out in black and white, Contrast is a game of smart ideas and touching moments that fails to live up to its potential due to a frustrating lack of polish and what feels like rushed delivery.

It comes close to being so much more, though. Close enough that it's possible to fall for its easy charm, noir tone, art deco styling and beautiful soundtrack (voiced by jazz singer Laura Ellis), and to grow to love it despite its finicky flaws and clunky execution. I almost did, and if anyone were to tell me that they have I wouldn't blame them one bit.

At its core, Contrast is the story of Didi, a girl growing up in 1920s America, and Dawn, the friend that only she can see. Didi's admiration for her older companion is plain-faced and unabashed but she also views her as a means to help pull together the fragmented shards of her dysfunctional family. Dawn is an acrobatic young woman who exists in a world of light and shade between which she can shift at will, interacting with both physical objects and the shadows that they cast.

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PS4 launch title Resogun free for Plus subscribers

PS4 launch title Resogun free for Plus subscribers

In December's bumper Instant Game Collection update.

Sony has detailed December's bumper selection of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

It'll include the eye-catching indie launch title Resogun, as well as Contrast - previously announced to be free as a replacement for the now-delayed Driveclub.

Both will be available to download from 29th November, the date of the console's launch in Europe.

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This is Contrast, the indie game that fills DriveClub's PS4 launch slot

When Sony delayed Evolution's racer DriveClub out of the PlayStation 4 launch lineup into 2014, it replaced it with indie game Contrast.

Now, Contrast developer Compulsion Games has released a new trailer explaining how its quirky indie game works, alongside new gameplay footage.

You play Didi, a little girl who, with the help of her imaginary friend Dawn, solves puzzles and navigates platforms in a 3D and, sometimes, 2D world inspired by film-noir and the vaudevillian 1920s. There's a sultry jazz soundtrack, too, the work of real life jazz singer Laura Ellis.

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