Developed and published by Take-Two Interactive, Ripper was released for PC in 1996. It is a Full- Motion Video point-and-click mystery/adventure game. Though ports for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn were announced, they were cancelled before release.
The game begins in 2040 with the murder of Renee Stein, the third victim of a the Ripper. Our protagonist, Jake Quinlan, is a reporter for the Virtual Herald. The Ripper, a serial killer who mimics Jack the Ripper, sends letters to Quinlan after every murder. This has given Quinlan a bit of celebrity in New York City, as he is the only reporter to receive these communications.
Quinlan arrives at the scene of Stein's murder. He runs into the head detective, Vincent Magnotta (Christopher Walken!). Magnotta asks Quinlan if he has received any word from The Ripper but Quinlan states that he writes after the fact, not before. After finishing the first puzzle of the game, he gets a message from The Ripper stating that Quinlan's girlfriend, Catherine Powell, will be the next victim, as she has come uncomfortably close to discovering his identity. Quinlan rushes to Powell's side but it's too late, she was attacked and is in a deep coma.
Powell is rushed to the Meta-Cognition Centre of the Tribeca Centre Hospital, known as the Meta-Cog, where cybersurgeon Clare Burton receives her body and begins work to restore her consciousness. And here your adventure begins! As Quinlan you must identify the true identity of The Ripper. You must also find a way to help Powell.
Being as this is the future, Quinlan needs help to connect directly with Powell's brain. In order to help feed her information of herself in the hopes of waking her up and getting her information on The Ripper's true identity. To do this, you must find Joey Falconetti, also called The Falcon. He is a hacker with a specialisation of connecting directly with human minds. And, dun dun dunnnnnn, Falconetti has ties with Burton and Magnotta and not just a professional connection!
With a shove in the right direction from Vic Farley, the pathologist at the Meta-Cog, Quinlan learns that Falconetti, Burton, Magnotta, and Powell are all linked with the victims of The Ripper and the evidence suggests that the serial killer is actually one of them!
Following the clues, the game employs puzzles and rail shooter segments to progress the story. A who done it with a random killer (the game picks a killer randomly at the start of a new game but it can only be either Falconetti, Burton, Magnotta or Powell). Those dam shooting segments are awful, huge difficulty curve and not a lot of explanation.
As the game chooses The Ripper at random, clues as to who it is do not change until the third act, after Farley dies. I always got Clare as the Ripper though. To me it made more sense for her to be The Ripper, she had the monkeys, the knowledge, and skill. I suppose Magnotta and Falconetti have the skill but Powell? I didn't even know she could be The Ripper until I did a little online research. This really isn't a negative about the game but it's something that always bugged me. Maybe it's because I got Clare the two times I played it through that the other characters don't make sense to me. I never saw the puzzle changes or the only line change at the end.
- Good acting
- Interesting setting and environments
- There is some replayability to get a different Ripper
- Rail shooting segments
- Mumbling characters and bad sound editing with no subtitles.