11-11: Memories Retold doesn’t provide large-scale fights or action set pieces, instead it’s a personal story about 2 soldiers enlisting into The Great War for personal reasons and trying to survive. The narrative is a gripping tale of honor, betrayal, and loyalty that takes a more human look at the people who fought in World War 1. The gameplay is tedious and the number of collectibles can get vexing but these are minor issues for such a great story. 11-11: Memories Retold won’t have you smashing the triggers or shooting large guns but instead focuses on 2 soldiers attempting to succeed in their own goals while the war changes them into different people.

On Opposite Sides

11-11: Memories Retold has players in control of 2 soldiers, a German engineer and farmer named Kurt who joins the army to search for his missing son and Harry, a Canadian photographer looking to impress the love of his life, Julia. You swap between the 2 soldiers as they star in their own story but occasionally crossing paths. The writers have done a fantastic job of capturing each of these characters as they look past what they’ve been told about by their government.

The language barrier plays a massive role in the narrative. Both Harry and Kurt speak in their native tongue, unable to understand the other and must rely on their actions to communicate their motives and desires. This extends to other characters as both Harry and Kurt are put into situations where they desperately try to communicate. The narrative does provide branching paths where the story shifts but some of these are not telegraphed to the player. Some are very apparent, with branching choices clearly provided but others are much more subtle and don’t give the player much notice when they happen.

The game does haven some techical issues, the biggest being the narrative getting cut off. During our playthrough there were several instances where the dialogue and voice-acting would get cut off. For a narrative driven game these issues should not exist.

Simple Gameplay

Gameplay is very straightforward. You’ll travel to different areas and perform a variety of tasks such as collecting key items and solving basic puzzles. Harry is charged with taking photos of The Great War while Kurt focuses on fixing broken machines. Neither one is a combat soldier and rarely picks up a gun. Sometimes Harry and Kurt will have to work together and the player must shift between both characters to solve basic puzzles. There are an overwhelming amount of collectibles that can become vexing to collect and could’ve been brought significantly considering the condensed stages.

There are small activities peppered into the overall action. A simple card game is available that serves very little purpose and optional objectives that is made unclear whether they impact the story. There are different achievements/trophies linked to specific actions which will encourage players who collect them to return and play again. A flow chart or animation indicator would’ve helped greatly to showcase what actions were important and what weren’t.

Beautiful Soundtrack and Graphics

11-11: Memories Retold’s graphics and soundtrack standout from everything else in the entire game. The visuals look like they came from a watercolor painting. It does make some of the game’s faces hard to distinguish but these are minor issues. The voice-acting for the more important characters are enough to make them feel distinct.

To complement this style is the outstanding soundtrack that amplifies not only the visual style but each moment within the game. Whether it’s charging oncoming fire or just waiting around talking to NPCs the game captures the right musical score for each section.

Memories Worth Playing Through

11-11: Memories Retold is a more personal take on World War 1, focusing less on the great battles that took place and more on the soldiers who fought them. Kurt and Harry’s personal adventures allow for a moving experience where you get to see the war outside from politics, historians, and one-man army warriors found in more notorious titles. The gameplay is basic and the puzzles simple but what makes 11-11: Memories Retold such an amazing adventure is the strong writing, beautiful visuals, and incredible soundtrack. For those who love narrative titles like Life is Strange and titles from the former Telltale Games 11-11: Memories Retold is something you should definitely play.

11-11: Memories Retold Review
Positives
  • Gripping Emotional Narrative
  • Great Protagonists
  • Consequential Choices
Negatives
  • Lots of Collectables
  • Technical Issues
  • Tawdry Optional Objectives
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Adam S
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Adam is a Senior Staff Writer for GamerAssaultWeekly with over 5 years of experience in writing and is completely obsessed with video games. He holds a BA from Brooklyn College and lives in NY.