Let me start by saying this game does not include any rugged American white male anti-hero protagonists, seductive vixens with a soft spot for broken men, no gun play, or gore. If that's why you're looking for, then stop reading right now.
If you're tired of seeing the listed attributes in games and would welcome a non-Cinderella plot line for a female character then Remember Me is your game.
The beautiful thing about Remember Me is that it doesn't dump lore down your throat; you can pick up as much as you want. The rest you learn from playing the game. Literally, as you walk through Neo-Paris you're seeing, hearing, watching, and learning how people live automatically; the surveillance society is surprisingly convincing and horrifying. The world is self aware and lets you be as smart as you are, all the while making Sensen (the engine of the memory economy) an integral part of your experience. Nilin's character narrative is linear but that can be expected for a new IP.
As someone who is not good at fighting/button mashing games I was a little apprehensive about this. There's no real stealth mechanic and I was prepared for the worst. Remember Me teaches you how to fight tactically. Traditionally, fighting games were: "Whoever presses the most buttons the fastest, wins." Remember Me says, "Use the best combination of buttons to win." Who would have thought that combos would have more meaning beyond hurting your opponent? I went from frantic pressing to methodical fighting success in under 20 minutes. It's much easier to remember combos that I made than ones made for me. And most of all, the Combo Lab really lives up to its promise and gives you liberty to tailor attacks to the situation and your own style. No more health potions or power ups; being able to heal while punching a Leaper in the face is something you have to experience for yourself. The challenge as the game progresses, then, is to fight smarter not press buttons faster.
If you haven't seen the concept art, use your preferred search engine and look it up. It's gorgeous. Neo-Paris feels like a possible and realistic future setting; not a lot of games can use architecture and technology in a way that makes a player believe in a fictional world for hours on end.
Remember Me is a breath of fresh air and a great sign of the types of games, concepts, characters and worlds that we need to see in future games. Nilin is believable and human, the world is rich, and the action is on point. This is a surprisingly risky game for a new third person IP and is certainly worth playing. 8/10