Three Cards to Midnight Review
By Trang Ngo
If you're the kind of person who likes to skip cutscenes in games and doesn't care about plot, then you're sorely missing out. The story - which follows a woman named Jess as she tries to unlock repressed memories with the help of a mysterious Tarot card reader - is one of Three Cards to Midnight's greatest strengths. Its themes are mature, at times creepy, and with a definite slant towards the occult. But there are enough interesting twists and turns to keep you intrigued to the end. The story slowly unfolds as a series of flashbacks, as Jess uses Tarot cards to help her retrace the events of the last few days and regain her memories. With each card she turns over, Jess recalls a particular place, along with key words that are associated with that location, such as note, fire and power.
Although I recognize that the story subject matter won't be for everyone, personally I found myself sucked in by it. It's well-written, and the cutscenes, all fully voice-acted, are well-staged and compelling.