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->''"Things are never quite what they seem. We think we understand the world around us, but we really only see the outside, what it seems to be. My name is Lucas Kane. My story is the one where an ordinary guy has something extraordinary happen to him. Maybe it was supposed to happen, maybe it was my destiny, or my karma or whatever. I know one thing for sure: Nothing's ever going to be the same again."''

Lucas [[NameOfCain Kane]] is an ordinary UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity [[{{Geek}} IT administrator]] until he murders a total stranger in a possessed trance and flees the crime scene. From there on, he becomes a fugitive from the law, relentlessly chased by police officers Carla Valenti and Tyler Miles. But those two become the least of his concerns when he unexpectedly gains [[StockSuperpowers superpowers]] and becomes the target of an AncientConspiracy that initially manipulated him into committing murder in the first place... And that all happens on the backdrop of global ''cooling'' [[ApocalypseHow around ten degrees Celsius every day]].

''Fahrenheit'' is a highly cinematic ActionAdventure game developed by Creator/QuanticDream and written by David Cage in 2005. It was redubbed to ''Indigo Prophecy'' for American release to avoid confusion with Michael Moore's ''Fahrenheit 9/11''. A later US re-release under the ''Fahrenheit'' name popped up, containing scenes cut from ''IP'' that were present in the European version of the game and an appropriately higher age rating.

Met by universal critical acclaim and good sales, ''Fahrenheit'' began as one of the best story-driven games of recent years and was occasionally touted as a game to revive the flagging adventure genre. Unfortunately, many players were disappointed with the final third of its story -- allegedly the product of rushed development driven by ExecutiveMeddling -- which quickly balloons into an extreme GainaxEnding, without even the courtesy of foreshadowing, and is remembered mostly for its incoherence.

One of the most prominent gameplay features of the game was so-called "[[PressXToNotDie physical challenges]]", which required the player to press several buttons in close succession or just hit left and right very, very fast. These were used to lend a sense of physical urgency to the game's more fast-paced scenes, and, by and large, succeeded; however, some players found the mechanic distracting or overused.

There is also a SpiritualSuccessor. See ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''.

Not to be confused with ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}''.
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!!The game contains examples of:
* AGodAmI: This is the main reason why the [[spoiler:Orange Clan]] wants the [[spoiler:Indigo Child]] even if they already controlled everything.
* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: You'll hear a lot of it from your guide in the tutorial. "Action see-qwensis" indeed.
* ActionCommands: These pretty much ''are'' the combat system, and a lot of non-combat events are handled this way as well.
* AdvertisedExtra: Marcus. He's called the fourth protagonist by promotional material and GOG's description for the game, but you only play as him during two brief scenes, [[spoiler: and whether or not he dies is entirely irrelevant to the overall plot - he'll appear again during a sequence later to say some encouraging words before dropping out of the story altogther.]]
* AfterTheEnd: If you mess up, this is what you get. Not that the "happy" ending is all sunshine and rainbows, mind.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The [[spoiler:Purple Clan a.k.a. the Cyborg]]
* AllJustADream: The [[spoiler:Oracle]] initially masks his attacks as such.
* AncientConspiracy: The [[spoiler:Orange Clan]].
* AncientTradition: The [[spoiler:Invisibles]].
* ApocalypseHow: Planetary at Class 3, no less.
* BigApplesauce: Set in NYC.
* BadassBookworm: Well, Lucas is more like a {{Badass}} Geek: he is an IT administrator, reads Nietzsche in his free time, but also uses the PowerOfRock to seduce ladies and [[MartialPacifist practices taekwondo]].
* BadJobWorseUniform: The outfit regular police officers have to wear is pretty garish, and it can't be fun patrolling the streets in such bad weather conditions either.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Some versions. To get a less restrictive rating, some regions vastly edited the sexual content of the game. One such casualty was the final sex scene between [[spoiler: Carla and Lucas]]. While the sex scene remains in the game, it was severely cut down, with any shots showing naughty bits removed. However, one shot remains where you can see [[spoiler:Carla's]] breast in full - except in this version of the game she has no nipples.
* BigBad: The [[spoiler:Orange]] and [[spoiler:Purple Clan]].
* BigBadEnsemble: The [[spoiler:Orange]] and [[spoiler:Purple Clan]].
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: [[spoiler:Lucas realizes that he is manipulated by Agatha, whom the Cyborg disguised as, but she claims that he is guided]].
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: In Markus' church. Set against angel statues, to boot.
* {{Claustrophobia}}: Carla, to a severe degree.
* ComeBackToBedHoney: Tyler does this to his girlfriend Sam: she's seducing him on their anniversary when the phone rings regarding the murder case he's working on, and the game [[ButThouMust won't continue]] until you answer the phone and leave for work. Sam is understandably pissed.
* ConsultingAConvictedKiller: After Carla discovers similarities between Lucas' case and past murders, she visits Janos, the culprit of those past murders, at Bellevue Asylum in order to find out the link both cases.
* CosmicDeadline: Failure = ice age.
* CreativeClosingCredits
* DivineChessboard: With Lucas right in the middle, and the evil priest controlled by another faction.
* DoWellButNotPerfect: When Carla/Tyler is questioning Lucas in his office. [[spoiler:Failing the QTE's which appear alongside a bunch of green insects is more beneficial; it prevents Lucas from reacting to them and appearing hysterical to the questioner.]]
** GuideDangIt: The game never tells you that [[spoiler:failing [=QTEs=] is an ''option'', much less desirable.]]
* DownerBeginning
* TheDragon: The Oracle.
* DuelingPlayerCharacters: In addition to the whole "one character leaves clues, the two others find them" mechanic, there is an episode where Carla and Tyler spar at the police gym. Notably, not only can you decide whom to control during the sparring, but you can also lose (even on purpose), which is helpful because the winner gets a boost to their SanityMeter (which Carla usually needs more than Tyler).
* EndlessWinter: The plot takes place against the backdrop of an unnaturally long and harsh winter, which is eventually revealed to be supernatural. [[spoiler:Even though the villains didn't ''cause'' it, one of them chooses not to stop it in [[MultipleEndings the ending]] [[TheBadGuyWins where he wins]], destroying humanity.]]
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Some of the action sequences feature all parts of the environment conspiring to destroy Lucas.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The mission "Captain Jones is Really Upset".
* EyeTake: Various different characters widen their eyes in disbelief throughout the first two-thirds of the story. [[SnarkBait By the time everyone has stopped doing that in the third act, the audience is more than willing to take over]].
* FacialCompositeFailure: The player can do this to varying degrees when Tyler has the waitress using a SuperIdentikit to reconstruct Lucas's face.
* FactionSpecificEndings: The game has the Orange Clan ending, the Purple Clan ending, and the Invisibles ending (which feels a lot like a Lone Wolf one). Notably, the first two endings are cleared not by allying yourself with the respective faction but by [[TheBadGuyWins losing to their representative]] in the FinalBattle.
* {{Fanservice}}: Plenty of it. Most notable is the chapter where Carla is roaming her apartment in her underwear right after a gratuitous ShowerScene.
* FissionMailed: You are unavoidably surrounded by police at one point, and Lucas even begins to recite a variant of his game over monologue. [[spoiler: Then his powers kick in....]]
* FreelookButton
* TheForce: [[spoiler:Chroma]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In the early scenes you clearly see Bogart, the crow and the Oracle although you don't know their significance. Hell, you even see [[spoiler:Jade "The Indigo Child"]] rendered in a blue tint as part of the restaurant murder cutscene. Which makes the ending all the more conspicuous.
** There's even foreshadowing in the tutorial of all places - next to the blue screen you can see a [[spoiler:giant mite]] hanging from a wire.
* FriendsRentControl: Even though Lucas makes IT Administrator money, an apartment the size of his would not only cost ''hundreds'' of thousands of dollars in New York, the interior size of his place is far too big to fit, considering the spacing of apartment doors in the run-down hallway outside. Carla and Tyler both own similarly huge studio apartments as well, with Tyler's being, ironically enough, the smallest despite the fact that he lives with Sam.
* FunnyForeigner: Takeo, who pretends to be an OldMaster ObfuscatingStupidity [[spoiler:though he was born in and never left Brooklyn, and only pretended as such for the customers' sake]]. [[MemeticMutation He's more American than Tyler is!]]
* GainaxEnding
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Whenever Lucas stops to investigate something, he engages in an unskippable bit of internal monologue. This does not stop the clock, which is bad during {{Timed Mission}}s. Which is, of course, basically all of them.
* GenreBusting: Some elements of VideoGame/MonkeyIsland style adventuring, ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''-esque action button minigames, the odd piece of stealth, a grainy cinematic sheen to the whole package... ambitious is not the word.
* {{Hallucinations}}: Several of which [[YourMindMakesItReal can potentially kill you.]]
* HotCoffeeMinigame: There are three opportunities, one is story mandated the other two (which both come before it) are optional.
* HowWeGotHere: The stirring opening monologue.
* IKnowKarate: Every main character demonstrates an impressive amount of unarmed combat skill, but Lucas takes the cake as he eventually starts doing WireFu as well. {{Justified|Trope}} by Lucas training regularly in private (evident in the presence of a boxing bag in his apartment) and by Tyler and Carla sparring regularly (including once in the game).
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:When Lucas is possessed by the Cyborg, Carla takes control to snap him out of it. The Cyborg foils it by knocking her out of the way. Of course, seeing her hurt gets Lucas to snap out of its control]].
* InfantImmortality: Subverted at every opportunity. In the park scene, if you fail while trying [[spoiler:to save the kid who fell under the ice]] or don't even attempt to, he dies. In a flashback section [[spoiler:one, two or three kids will die]] if you don't find them in time. And, whatever ending you get, [[spoiler:Jade dies]].
* InspectorJavert: Carla and Tyler.
* IronicEcho: "As long as you do what you think is right, you can't go too wrong." [[spoiler:Tyler said this to Carla if she tells him the truth of Lucas' innocence. She said this to him when Tyler is either leaving Florida with Sam or helping Jeffrey and Doug with the population of New York]].
* JustBeforeTheEnd: The whole game, really.
* KarmaHoudini: The Orange and Purple Clan.
* KingOfTheHomeless
* LetterMotif:
** The connection Tyler or Carla establish between Marcus and Lucas, via a book and/or photo.
* TheLifestream: [[spoiler:Chroma]].
* MacGuffinGirl: [[spoiler:The "Indigo Child"]] spoken of by the game's (semi-)eponymous Indigo Prophecy.
* MaleGaze: Unsurprisingly, Carla, but best illustrated by the warm-up sequences before Tyler and Carla's boxing match. Tyler's warm-ups show him at a slight distance from the camera, and it tends to focus on his face or whatever he's working on. For Carla, the camera goes straight for her cleavage. The match itself opens with the camera zoomed in on her butt.
* ManBehindTheMan: The Oracle [[spoiler:actually serves the Orange Clan, a council of most powerful humans on Earth]].
* {{Mayincatec}}: [[spoiler:The Oracle is a Mayan priest who performed human sacrifice, magically living on into the present day.]]
* MediumAwareness: Tyler. After being set an improbable task by Takeo, his closing internal monologue line is "What am I, in a video game?"
* MilkyWhiteEyes: Agatha. But that's okay, [[MemeticMutation because eyes aren't the only way to see]].
* MsFanservice: Carla. One chapter starts with her in the shower, then spending a couple of minutes of gameplay guiding her around her apartment in her underwear. [[spoiler:And then there's the sex scene...]]
** But singularly highlighted by the fact that the game producers actually released a buck-naked image of her, playfully dangling her cuffs, [[http://digitalvei.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/41/ for publication in an adult magazine.]]
* MultipleEndings: You can change the story at pretty much every chapter, right up to and including the end. Failure doesn't always result in a game over, although you might want to invoke them [[GottaCatchEmAll specifically to watch all the game content]]. At the end, there's three endings, depending on who [[spoiler: gets the Indigo Child]]; one [[TheEndOftheWorldAsWeKnowIt unambiguously bad]], and two which are somewhat arguable.
* NameOfCain: Lucas himself.
* NeverMyFault: According to Professor Kuriakin, the Oracle must never taint himself with the blood of another. This is why he chooses to possess anyone to murder that victim.
* NeverOneMurder: Which leads Carla to believe she's chasing the wrong man, eventually. Tyler believes Lucas has killed once, will kill again.
* UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity: The "capital of the universe", as Lucas himself puts it in the opening narration.
* NewYorkCityCops: Lots of them.
* NippleAndDimed: Lampshaded. In the censored versions of the game Carla's skin texture does not include nipples at all. You get to see her entire breast surface - but where the nipples are supposed to be [[BarbieDollAnatomy there's just regular flesh tone.]]
* NonstandardGameOver: Every single chapter of the game has its own game over screen if you fail any objective, with a monologue by the dead character usually starting with the phrase "...and that's how my story ends". That's right: the game has so many different Game Overs that literally ''every'' Game Over is a NonstandardGameOver.
* NoTimeToExplain: Both Lucas and Carla pull this one.
* OhCrap: [[TheDragon The Oracle]] has this expression when Lucas manages to counter his telekinesis. Since the Oracle only has two other expression ([[TheStoic completely neutral]] and SlasherSmile), this is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome extremely satisfying]].
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The [[spoiler:Orange Clan]].
* OptionalSexualEncounter: Two, in addition to a mandatory one; see the article for a detailed entry.
* PetHomosexual: Carla's neighbor Tommy certainly isn't flaming, but he has elements of this nevertheless.
* PluckyComicRelief: Tyler, Tyler, Tyler. In a world where most of the characters are moody and overwrought, having a cool guy like him around can lighten the mood quite a bit.
* PlotlineDeath:
** Simultaneously [[spoiler:played straight with Tiffany]] and [[spoiler:subverted with Lucas, who is revived by the AI to fight the Oracle]].
** Depending on the player's actions (or the lack thereof), [[spoiler:Marcus]] can suffer one of these, too.
** Also [[spoiler:Agatha]].
* PoliceAreUseless: Not so much. You can still miss obvious things when playing as Carla and Tyler, but the supporting officers are astute and good at their jobs regardless.
* PrivateEyeMonologue: All three main characters pull it off at least once, but especially Lucas... funny seeing how he is the only main character who ''isn't'' a detective.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Tyler]].
* RightThroughHisPants: Conspicuously Inverted. Despite the fact that it is repeatedly stated that the temperature is well below freezing, and the fact that everyone around is rugged up in numerous layers, [[spoiler:Carla and Lucas]] strip down to bare skin to have sex, in their unfurnished, un'''heated''' box car hideout.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: One of the news articles you can look at on Lucas's computer is about the aftermath of two teens shooting up a Chicago high school. Unsurprisingly, video games are to blame.
* SanityMeter: When the meter is full, it reads NEUTRAL rather than WELL or GOOD etc. Yeah... it's that sort of game.
** Should it drop to zero, the character you're playing will snap and...well, kill themselves. However, you usually have some control over the meter, with only two decisions ([[spoiler:Tyler staying in New York, rather than leaving with Samantha, and choosing to let the boy drown rather than save him in the park]]) causing it to plummet precipitously.
* SchrodingersGun: Carla's Tarot reading. Pick a card, any card. [[ButThouMust Story dictates]] that you'll always draw the same ones in the same order.
* ShoutOut: Several.
** While looking at Takeo, Tyler compares him to a character from ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''.
** The episode at the medical hospital is a WholePlotReference to ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. The orderly is a clone of Barney and recites some of his originator's dialogue word-for-word. (Of course, then the power goes out and the movie goes OffTheRails.)
** During the SternChase, Lucas needs a place to hide so he goes to see his old girlfriend. Long story short, he ends up having Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys.
** The professor who is an expert in Mayan societies is called Kuriyakin which is ''very'' similiar to [[TheManFromUNCLE Illya Kuryakin]].
** Lucas poses as a reporter named John Cunningham. Several people bearing this name [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cunningham are writers of one sort or another]].
** In one of the childhood flashback scenes, Lucas must scale a telephone pole in Wishita, which makes him a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_Lineman "Wishita Lineman"]]
** The use of bullet time and WireFu during the apartment escape, made [[LampshadeHanging more obvious]] when the scene involves [[Film/TheMatrix hanging from a helicopter then backflipping near a subway train]].
** Several of the camera angles and character poses when a character is possessed resemble TheShawshankRedemption RedemptionInTheRain poses.
** [[spoiler:Chroma]] is pretty much an obvious nod to ''Franchise/StarWars''. No force lightning analogue, though...
** Technically there's a shout out to the whole video game medium several times, courtesy of Detective Miles.
** Lucas is shown reading an assortment of books, whether it's Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTempest'' (which forms a small part of the plot) or Nietzche's ''Thus Spoke Zarathustra''.
* SexForSolace: When Carla starts thinking about the sadness of armageddon, she finds comfort with [[spoiler:having sex with Lucas.]]
* SkunkStripe: Lucas' hair starts to go white after spending time in "The Wave".
* SixIsNine: Carla and Tyler are trying to find Lucas in apartment 369, but the first "room 369" you enter has someone else inside; the lettering on the door un-sticks and swivels to reveal that they're actually at room 366. The mistake gives Lucas just enough time to get his own objective done and hide.
* SoulBrotha: Tyler. If the fact that his apartment looks like it came right out of TheSeventies wasn't a big enough clue, he is ''constantly'' accompanied by a sleazy funk soundtrack wherever he goes.
* SternChase: Lucas for the majority of the story.
* StoryToGameplayRatio: Pretty much 50/50.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Poor [[spoiler:Tiffany. Her PlotlineDeath seems to come right in time to make the [[StrangledByTheRedString Lucas/Carla romance]] kick in -- ironically, it starts in front of Tiffany's grave for them. Feels even worse in case you had Lucas have the OptionalSexualEncounter with Tiffany earlier]].
* SummonBiggerFish: [[spoiler: [[NiceJobFixingItVillain The Purple Clan resurrecting Lucas]], in a rare case of the PC being that bigger fish. He's ''not'' their ally by any means, but at the point where they bring him back, the Orange Clan is on the verge of winning; Lucas coming back represents their last chance to complete the Prophecy. And if Lucas comes out on top and gets the Indigo Child, they're far better off than if the Oracle gets it, since Lucas has no clue what the hell he's doing with the power of the Chroma and they can run back to the Net, while the Orange Clan will destroy them for good if they win. [[XanatosGambit They really can't lose.]]]]
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Most of the music on Lucas's stereo is oddly appropriate to this particular situation. Notably, the second time you get a chance to play it is right before his estranged girlfriend Tiffany stops by to pick up her things, and the second song queued up is Theory of a Deadman's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sKDd9uOW-0&ob=av2n Santa Monica]]", which is about a guy's girlfriend having left him.
* TakeMyHand: Markus pulling Lucas onto the balcony after the [[spoiler:Oracle's attack]].
* TarotTroubles: See SchrodingersGun.
* ThisIsReality: Tyler muses on how going and finding one book in a huge bookstore is like a video game fetch quest. "What is this, a video game?"
* UncleTomfoolery: Tyler is a professional, sure, but a lot of his observations are darkly humorous and he is most definitely streetwise, having grown up around gangs in the Bronx before becoming a cop. Overlaps with PluckyComicRelief.
* UnexpectedGenreChange:
** The shooting gallery and stealth portions qualify, as do the basketball/gym scenes in terms of gameplay.
** Plotwise the increasingly fantastic plot elements start to look like this after a relatively gritty and grounded start.
* UnwinnableByMistake: The PC version suffered from a timing bug in the PressXToNotDie sequences. Depending on your system config, the time when you could enter commands could be as low as a quarter of the time that the game indicated to you. This wasn't too bad in the early sequences, but later in the game the puzzles became impossible to complete, because the game would decide to make you die before it even showed you the full sequence you had to enter. This same bug can also turn up in a few places in the PS2 version (at least the PAL release), notably in the final section, sometimes making it impossible to [[spoiler:defeat the AI]], and therefore making it impossible to get one of the endings.
* UnwittingPawn: Lucas has been manipulated by [[spoiler:the AI disguised as Agatha]].
* UrbanFantasy
* VisualPun: If, as Tyler, you decide to have sex with Sam instead of going to the police station, the game will cut back to Carla in their office with the camera looking through Tyler's basketball hoop. Meaning, Tyler scored.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Given the "happiest" of the three endings, what exactly does Lucas mean when he says [[spoiler:that the Purple Clan]] "went back to haunting us on the net"? Just one of the many factors which make the conclusion less than satisfying, unless he was implying that the Purple clan are [[ImageBoards Anonymous]].
* XtremeKoolLetterz: There is a general preference of "K" over "C" in many names. It's almost surprising two of the protagonists aren't titled Lukas Kane and Karla Valenti, but one suspects David Cage was conscious of [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill overkill]].
* {{Zeerust}}: Averted? It might be too early to say, but judging by the use of technology throughout the game chances are it'll still look pretty current in a decade or so. Hell, all the talk of the [[TheWarOnTerror Pakistani Ultimatum]], and the [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld Chinese]] involvement in it make it seem like this could be happening ''today'', even though the game technically takes place in the ([[NextSundayAD not too distant]]) past at this point.
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