The trailer lays out the story’s basic premise, which the developers previously described on the game’s Steam page. Protagonist Ed Miller deals with intense vertigo after he survives a car crash, after which he speaks to a therapist who tries to identify what exactly is going on in his mind. Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo features a clean, Telltale-esque visual style, but the voice performances come off weak in the trailer.
Special mention goes to Ed himself, who sometimes sounds vaguely like a cocky villain rather than a person in trauma. This delivery could make more sense in the final release, but the trailer may not leave a good impression on those who take voice performances in story-driven games seriously.
What about the gameplay?
Being a story trailer, it features no gameplay whatsoever, so those hoping to find out how Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo will function as a game will have to wait for more information. Given the trailer’s slightly off-putting presentation and the game’s strange use of the Vertigo title and Hitchcock’s name despite the game’s loose connection to that film, some will probably become wary about purchasing Alfred Hitchcock – Vertigo. Ultimately, though, the game could very well surprise gaming audiences once it arrives on December 16.