Unavowed is a point-and-click adventure game. After a demon possesses you and uses your body to unleash violence and destruction across New York City, you are exorcised and saved by The Unavowed - a secret society dedicated to stopping evil. Now freed from the demonic influence, but unable to rejoin normal society, you join their ranks.
Pro Unique premise
You play as a character that was possessed by a demon for one full year and subsequently used to corrupt people and commit violent crimes around New York City.
As the story begins, you are freed from your demonic bonds by The Unavowed, an ancient and secret society who combats evil, who casts the demon out of your body. However, due to the nature of the possession, you have no memory of the atrocities you committed. Having nowhere else to turn because you are now a wanted criminal and can't go back to your previous life, you join their ranks.
With The Unavowed, you will travel to various evil "hot spots" around New York City, have run-ins with many different paranormal/mythological entities, and gradually learn more about the destruction and misery you caused under the influence of the demon.
Pro Character creation is not only interesting, it also changes how the story unfolds
Rather than playing a set-in-stone protagonist, you are able to customize your character a bit. Not only can choose between male and female, but you may also choose a background such as police officer, bartender, or actor.
Depending on the combination you choose, your origin story about how you came to be possessed by a demon will be different, allowing for a wide range of various playable opening chapters.
It also influences some of what unfolds in-game, such as dialogue choices or being able to use skills from your profession to solve puzzles. For example, choosing the police background sometimes gives you additional dialogue options to interrogate or allows you to flash your badge to intimidate or gain access to restricted areas.
Pro Well developed characters that are unique and easy to like
Each member of The Unavowed is given a great level of detail - they all have different personalities, backgrounds, and goals. When taking them out as companions on missions, each one has their own unique reaction to people, situations, and problems which allows the nuances of each character to shine through.
For example, Eli is a fire mage who doesn't age, but is being pursued by a group that hunts mages to extinction. To keep his family safe from harm, he left them behind when his powers manifested. This is a source of great pain for him, and helps to shape his character and how he treats every situation. He has traditional family values and often acts as the voice of reason when you bring him along.
Since all of the characters are so developed and fleshed-out, it becomes very easy to get attached as you adventure with them, learn their stories, and befriend them.
Pro Interesting RPG-styled party system adds a ton of replaybility
Each time you embark on a new story chapter, you may select two (from a pool of four) companions to bring along with you. Every companion has their own strengths and abilities, so the dialogue and puzzle solving will vary depending on who you choose to bring along.
For example, Eli the fire mage can read burned documents and handle hot objects with ease, whereas Logan can communicate with ghosts and spirits. Meanwhile Vicki the ex-cop is good at getting information out of people, and Mandana is quick with her sword and can detect when someone is lying.
The characters also uniquely react to every situation and banter among themselves, meaning depending on who you choose, the dialogue and story in each chapter will vary greatly.
This allows you to replay the game many different times and make each chapter a new experience every time you play.