A couple of days ago, I was browsing through what was sale on PSN. When I came across Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition. I only ever heard one person talk about it Kinda Funny’s Colin Moriarty, who really liked the game.
I’ve never gone looking for it after being recommended it, to be honest I’d completely forgotten about it but there it was for £2.49.
For that price, I thought why not give it a go even if I didn’t know much about it or if it be any good.
Right after the game finished downloading, I started right away and about 20 minutes later I’m done.
Now there’s been lots of talk, again recently about the price of games with The Witness being an indie game and costing £29.99 along with the length of things.
That you may be thinking, I’m not paying even £2.49 which is less than a cup of coffee some places and you’re getting an actual unique gaming experience with Three Fourths Home.
In Three Fourths Home, you play as Kelly in her mid-20’s who’s just moved back in with her parent’s. Back to the flat expanse of Nebraska, that seemingly endless sea of rustling cornstalks peppered by rusty silos and rustier towns.
A typically intense Midwestern storm is approaching while Kelly is out; she needs to get home. while she is driving home during this thunderstorm.
The focus of the game is its narrative, which is conveyed through a single phone conversation with her parents and younger brother while Kelly is driving home in the thunderstorm. Visual cues serve to accent and highlight moments in the narrative. The player must navigate a conversation while driving through a stylized representation of rural Nebraska set against rumbling thunder and the music playing from the car's tape deck.
The narrative is focused on those characters and their relationships, touching on the issues of physical and mental disability, what adulthood really means, familial obligation, nostalgia, and loss, among others.
This was such a simple yet unique experience from a game with a tremendous art-style and soundtrack.
As you may have guessed from the name this is the extended edition, an epilogue with a section taking place in Minnesota which ads more onto the narrative is the extended bit of Three Fourths Home, with certain dialogue choices can you get one of three endings.
I played the main narrative along with the epilogue, checked out all the extras to get around an hour out of the game, along with getting 100% from the trophies.
If you’ve got a spare few quid and have a PS4, VITA, Xbox One or PC/Mac/Linux then checkout this unique experience instead of buying that Skinny Vanilla Latte as you won't regret it.