The first time that I was able to get into Raw Fury’s Night Call, was back during PAX East, when there was a 30 minute demo showcasing a couple of characters in the story. It was moving, and left a big impression. With its choice of dark noir style art, with its gripping music, with the conversations held within the taxi about life, death, simulations, and upholding your family or trying to choose your own path. Needless to say, it was intense.
And more gameplay arose from it.
Players take on the role of an Arabic taxi driver who’s the sole survivor of an attack from the famed killer “The Judge”. The Judge has been plaguing the streets of Paris for a while now, and is still on the loose. Being hired as an informant from Busset, one of the cops working on The Judge case, you have to go about your nightly work as a taxi driver while keeping an eye out for pictures of possible suspects.
In the gameplay video (done by yours truly), the first person picked up is a young dancer named Grace. Her story is simple, wanting to be a dancer and not living up to the expectations of her mother but feeling guilt due to the gaslighting her mother has given her all this time. While not relating to the case, it’s clear that you help her through her rough times based on the choices you make.
The second person, who had the longest route to get to… was a little suspicious. And his story goes further into those deep controversial conversations that had left impressions the first time. He talks about purposely losing his briefcase in the taxi, admitting to knowing he’ll get arrested for this. He explains that he can’t keep working in the area he’s in, describing how these people are spending 600 dollars on a plate of food but turn down a bill because it would be “too expensive”. Before he even gets to his desired destination, he has the taxi pull over, leaves his briefcase, hands you an extra bill for compensation, and leaves into the night. A note about this man: he’s the only one that has a face in the ending trailer. Coincidence? Maybe. But this game doesn’t seem to work with coincidences.
With the updates to the game introducing more characters, and more faces, and more clues, it’s only a matter of time before The Judge will be caught. Or the player will be caught in the crossfire.
Night Call is expected to come out sometime in Summer 2019 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.