It’s the newest from Supermassive Games, the guys behind Dark Pictures Anthology games, and more importantly, the excellent “Until the Dawn.”
They work best with interactive horror here. This time around the multi-platform game with scary visuals, great licensed tracks, sound design, well-acted characters with really convincing facial animations, lots of grossness, lots of context, some new gameplay mechanics, and more to make all the decisions.
You are actually going on a very harrowing adventure with some quiet moments and some solid decision-making along branching paths.
If you like these kinds of games. I absolutely do.
“Tak Dawn” is still one of my favorites, and I don’t know if it’s better than “Tak Dawn”, but if you’re looking for something like that, you’ll definitely find it.
The titular mine in this game isn’t actually technically a spooky, haunted rock mine or anything.
It actually has a nice sleepy summer camp called Hackett’s Quarry.
It’s deep in the woods, I think, over New York.
It’s super remote, but pretty sturdy, with young campers coming in for the summer, and a bunch of buildings and different activities to keep them all busy, and it’s in a wide stretch of beautiful woods and a lake, and it’s staffed by young, naive camp counselors and run by none other than David Arquette from “Scream”.
Now, what happens is, at first, sort of a traditional teen horror camp counselor thing that the kids want to party with, and they end up wrapped in an intriguing scary mystery featuring ghosts and monsters and strange people, and hackets. Location of
The mine itself is a really well-felt space that feels real and huge, and it’s fun to explore.
Now, the game is made up of 10 chapters, and you bounce very quickly between the different characters’ perspectives.
Sometimes, you’re a character for 15 minutes, some searching and passing. Other times, you’re eligible for two minutes.
It really bounces around and keeps you on your toes, and I think does a good job of keeping things neat and interesting.
On the other hand, the game doesn’t really let the different locations really breathe much.
You can slowly move around places and watch stuff like these types of games, but the options for watching stuff for this type of game are pretty limited too.
There are two story-based genre collectibles, but then there’s really the type of collectible you’re looking for, which I’ll get to in a minute.
It feels more bare-bones than you’d expect in this regard and you’re not really running around picking up stuff or actually solving puzzles.
The main focus is on the linear progression, with the occasional poke, and I just, wanted a little more than that.
I think it’s just because the game spends a lot of time on decisions. You’re making decisions and hitting branching paths a lot.
Whether it’s being aggressive with someone or being nice to someone or going right or going left, there’s a lot to it, and it appears to make a difference in how the story goes.
Every so often, you can see the acceleration, but most of the time, you can’t. Characters can die, be replaced for various reasons.
Most people don’t like this simple button press or button mash.
It’s the minimum level of input, but I actually think that in some games, they can be corrected and have an effect at least to some degree, but here, they don’t.
They are not thrilling and are usually soft and simple and few and far between.
The game is also pretty generous, with a quick time event missing a move and your character dying.
You really get a life. I think it’s more about dying with your important choices.
Finish the game once, and there’s actually a different life system too, and that’s just a bunch of modes.
The game gives you a bunch of different modes and options, and most importantly, accessibility options if you don’t even like Quick Time Events.
So if you’ve played a game like this, you can mostly know what to expect gameplay-wise, but they add up to something else here.
In some situations, if you choose to hide, you’ll need to hold a button to hold your breath until the danger has passed, and this is usually pretty easy, but it’s always nice to have to let go of the button. Because you really feel like you are released.
You’ll also occasionally use a gun-like weapon in very limited situations, but it looks good and does a pretty good job.
The opportunity to jump into something and interrupt or do nothing often seems just as important when you’re given options A and B, which I really like.
Sometimes you have the opportunity to say, you know, run away from your prisoner, but that might sound like a dumb move, so you just ignore the on-screen prompt.
The game does a clever job of making their tutorial like a fun little animated camp instruction cartoon.
it’s really good. The gameplay is, as I keep saying, really, really simple and not super involved, even for the genre, but it’s going to be a lot to look at, but the choice and decision are really mines. are for it.
I felt like I was literally making an impact moment by moment. And in fact, the whole atmosphere of the game is great.
It’s creepy, it has scary moments and some nice gore, but it’s not super serious. Teenagers tell jokes, and even if sometimes they’re really cheesy, they’re usually likable or interesting because the game takes a long time to set up and set them up, You know, their little summer camp soap opera relationship.
Horror movies are great, but a lot of times, the people who get murdered end up with like three-minute backstories. So here you really get to take the time to get to know them and it raises the stakes a little bit.
It just makes the characters a little more interesting. In addition, they have been played by some of the greatest recognizable actors.
The best part, though, is how it wears its effect on its sleeve, straight up, from the font choice for the game’s title, to the references to the short horror movie created by the characters, to something obvious and in-your-face references or in the callback.
At certain points in the story, you kind of get shoved into a first-person at a random place where you have to talk to this creepy old lady.
Supermassive has done this type of storytelling in the past.
The game also looks, I mean, downright amazing. The use of dark and light here is great, and not just in a graphical sense like, wow, look at the light engine, but in an art direction.
They know how to make spooky cabins and haunted deep woods at this point, and they go above and beyond in spots from here, especially as I said with the characters before.