The art style that Rival Games have opted for seemed perhaps a bit basic to me at times, though there are undoubtedly moments where it looks outstanding, and it certainly manages to maintain a fairly tense atmosphere throughout, something that it develops almost immediately thanks to a sequence in which the player controls two cops as they investigate the apartment of a paedophile. There are times where the colour palette is reduced to a stark black and white, whilst other sequences are awash with colour, such as Joe’s first foray back into organised crime, Rival Games clearly know when and where to ramp up the level of detail in the visuals. The audio is equally fitting, though there’s no voice acting, but the music, whilst not much to write home about mostly, is certainly appropriate, perfectly matching the overall mood of the game.
Coming in at just under £15, The Detail is obviously not going to be to everyone’s tastes, but there can be no doubting that Rival Games have managed to create something that feels quite original in an industry that has become a tad too homogenised. Yes, it could obviously be longer, but the four hours or so that you spend with this will simply fly past, and enjoyably so, and besides, the very fact that its cliff-hanger ending has left me all-too anxious to sample season two, which quite frankly cannot come soon enough, speaks volumes. So, if you’re looking for something that’s a little bit different from the norm, then don’t be afraid to give The Detail a chance, you never know, it might just manage to surprise you.