Of Bird and Cage from Capricia Productions and All in! Games is a Rated M for Mature modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast as an interactive symphonic metal experience. Check our Of Bird and Cage review!
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Of Bird and Cage from Capricia Productions and All in! Games is a Rated M for Mature modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast as an interactive symphonic metal experience. You’ll take on the role of Gitta Barbot, a 25-year-old drug addict who is trying to escape from the mental and physical prison of her captor, Bres Lupus. The choices you make along the way will establish with major story path you’ll take during your time with Of Bird and Cage, leading up to one of the potential endings.
You’ll be able to play the game from start to finish in around two hours or so as you take in all of the trauma, pain, and violence experienced by Gitta. This is an interactive experience with a solid metal soundtrack that includes the following artists:
Kobra Paige (Kobra and the Lotus)
Davidavi ‘Vidi’ Dolev (Gunned Down Horses)
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses)
Rob van der Loo (Epica)
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation)
Casey Grillo (ex-Kamelot)
Rocky Gray (ex-Evanescence)
Mike Lepond (Symphony X)
Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria)
Snowy Shaw (ex-King Diamond, ex-Therion)
That’s quite the lineup!
The story will begin with a prologue set 20 years in the past when Gitta was a little girl. It’s there that you’ll get to see what her relationship was like with her mother and how her abusive dad ended up leaving a mark on her. He’s a loud-talking, abusive, useless human being. You’ll see how he punches Gitta’s mom, and you’ll then have to take on a quick time event to try and save her from her trash husband. Succeed, and you’ll save mommy, right before a short cutscene shows us Gitta growing up to her current self.
Since the action on the screen is timed to each of the songs that play in the background, you have a set time limit for completing each of your objectives. You’ll move Gitta with the left analog stick and can look around with the right one. Press in on the left analog stick, and Gitta will be able to sprint. She can also jump with the X button and interact with objects and characters with the Square button. Since she’s addicted to GSBV, she’ll have to take it with the L1 button. If she doesn’t take it for a bit, she’ll start to hallucinate, seeing fires, crows, and more. Make some bad choices along the way, and her insanity level will increase. During the FPS segments, the R2 button will be used for shooting, while the R1 button will be for reloading. For the driving sequences, the R2 button will be used to accelerate, and the L2 button will be for going in reverse.
The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy to add to your collection. The list is split into 12 Bronze trophies, 14 Silver trophies, and 4 Gold trophies. Most of the trophies will unlock as you play the game from start to finish. There are trophies related to the different endings you can get in Of Bird and Cage. Some trophies are tied to completing a trio of code puzzles. Then there are the trophies for collecting all of the story items as well as all of the CDs in the game. Oh, and there is a pair of trophies tied to hitting 15 and 20 bottles during the first-person shooter part of the game.
Of Bird and Cage has an interesting premise as it intends to give us a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a symphonic metal soundtrack to complement the experience. Unfortunately, the game is held back by clunky controls, exagerated voice acting, and a presentation that leaves a lot to be desired since some of the character models look as if they were taken from a PlayStation 3 game. At least the music is great. Of Bird and Cage is out on PlayStation 4 with a $9.99 asking price.
This Of Bird and Cage review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by All in! Games.