Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 4: The Cain Killer
First posted on 05 October 2013. Last updated on 25 May 2014.
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is a psychological thriller and crime mystery from indie game developer Phoenix Online Studios, created in collaboration with veteran game designer Jane Jensen. This episodic series represents the first commercial game project for the studio, though the studio has previously released a non-commercial episodic fan game called The Silver Lining based on Sierra's…
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By Mervyn Graham • On 05 October 2013 • From Banora Point, Australia
By Colster • On 05 October 2013 • From Pittsburgh, US
I thank you for your comment Colster. Many people can interpret things differently, and the case of the "kissing" flashback is no different. On reviewing the game, I saw the kissing occurring in a flashback to serve a specific purpose. In order to utilize their (Cordelia's or Erica's)psychic powers, they must touch a person or an object touched by that person; in order to see that event happen. The 2 protagonists had something in common in losing their brothers to the Cain Killer; so in order to seek revenge or justice, they had to feed off each other.
Thanks for the review. I've finished the Episode, but was curious to see what critics had to say.
I'm not sure that the scene with the kiss is a 'flashback' per se, serving as a memory of events as they happened. I think it may be like some of the scenes in Episode 3 where, if I remember correctly, Cordelia is sort of inserting herself-in-the-present into the memory Erica is witnessing to pass along information or advice/pleading. (I hope that makes sense.)
Of course, even if that is the case, the kiss still comes out of nowhere.
My own interpretation is that the kiss represents the intimate psychic bond the two share, or at least Cordelia's obsession with Erica and the hope that she will help her, rather than a more developed relationship that has been undisclosed up to that point.