Rather than follow one character through the course of the adventure, Raw Danger
follows the stories of several characters as they experience a massive flood (on Christmas Eve, no less) in the underwater utopia of Geo City.
You begin as a college student, Josh, as he helps his friend, Stephanie, find her stepmother. From here you move on to a girl named Amber who is in prison for murdering her brother (a crime she, predictably, didn't commit). During this mission, an overarching story begins to unravel that shows how everything is interconnected. You'll also learn that decisions you made during the opening story impact things that happen in future stories. This mechanic is used throughout the game with varying degrees of success. As in real life, you never know how one decision will influence another, so there is an element of surprise. However, the uncertain nature could make some situations frustrating for players who want to see the best possible outcome. Some decisions that seem like the "correct" one could end up being "wrong."
Over the course of the game you'll play as five characters, though how much time you spend with them and their individual fates all rest in the decisions you make during other stories. Eventually, stories begin to overlap; you may meet one character in another story or see the direct impact of a decision. The overall narrative structure is rather complex and appealing - now if only the gameplay and dialogue matched up as well.
Every character plays differently, presenting completely different play types. Josh's story is more action-oriented given his athletic abilities, while Amber's story is more stealth based since she spends most of the story bound in handcuffs avoiding the police. There are numerous mechanics at play, which makes for a great deal of gameplay variety. The downside is that none of the styles are particularly strong or play well.