Tag Archives: Survival Horror

Resident Evil Revelations for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

Updated for the most current generation of consoles, Resident Evil Revelations makes its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One August 29th.  We will also see this title on the Nintendo Switch, but not until Late 2017.

Revisit Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield as they investigate the “Queen of Zenobia” cruise ship.  Fight off hordes of enemies, and reminisce about the good ol’ days.

This title will be available for $19.99.  Are you excited to get this game for your current console? Do you plan on picking it up for the Switch? Let us know in the comments!

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Review: Yomawari Night Alone (PSVita, PC)

Available for the PlayStation Vita and Steam October 25, 2016, NIS America brings Yomawari: Night Alone to North America and Europe just in time for the Halloween season.

Story
Poro and Sis are missing.  It is up to you, the protagonist, to go out into the night to find them. There are scary things in the night, but not knowing where Sis is feels even scarier.  You must explore your neighborhood and escape the scary things that go bump in the night.

The story is emotionally driven and becomes more than surviving the night to find your sister.  Through the story the protagonist must come to understand mortality. [SPOILER] The protagonists initial denial of her dog, Poro, dying at the beginning of the game and her inability to admit to her sister that the dog has died starts her journey. Most objects you encounter are related to death or the dead somehow -you are not just trying to survive the night, you are trying to come to terms with the reality of death that surrounds you.

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Game play
Yomawari: Night Alone is a 2D, top down survival horror.  Armed with only a flashlight, you cannot fight any of the monsters you encounter but must try to outrun them or sneak by without them coming into contact with you. You have the option to “Hide” or “Run”, but your running meter is limited especially if the character is scared. Most times you’ll need to analyze how the monsters move in order to figure out how to avoid them. Game play is exploring, collecting objects, and puzzle solving.

Most events are fairly short, but worthwhile when  you encounter them.  The simplicity of the game play translates the vulnerability of you character so the player feels the terror of what surrounds your character.

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Visuals
The overall atmosphere of the game is eerie. The visible play area is a circumference of light around your character and whatever your flashlight illuminates.  You cannot rotate the camera, and quite often your vision will be obscured with the background; a tactic certain to make your heart pound a little bit because who knows what is lurking in the places you can’t see.  What makes the game stand out is the simple hand drawn 2D animation. Each monster is not elaborately drawn out but they still manage to feel very creepy.

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Audio
The audio, or lack there of, sets the tone of the game.  Most background noise you hear is ambient noise (crickets/cicadas, electrical humming, etc), the character’s footsteps, and the heart rate system where the heart rate increases when ghosts/danger lurks nearby.  This makes the game one of those games that will have you jumping out of your seat if you’re in the dark with your headphones.

Verdict
Pros:  Each element (story, game play, audio, visual) work hand in hand with one another to create a chilling environment and one aspect of the game doesn’t over power the other. Even though it is simple, it gets is message across and still manages to pull out a few jump scares.  This is one game I feel better playing with the lights on without my headphones, but the experience is that much more enhanced with them on.

I feel an emotional connection with the main character; a little girl who loses her dog and then her older sister.  Her pure determination to find them drives the story forward, even when you (the player) don’t even want to go the end of the block because of what is waiting for you. I also enjoy that the mentality of a young girl remains in tact through story, especially with the collectible objects.  As you read through each description, you discover the character has attached an emotional meaning with each object, much like a child would do.

There’s a slight replay value for those who like collecting trophies and achievements. There are variety of collectibles to pick up; some in some pretty hard to get to places.  But, the completionist will find their way back into the neighborhood.

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Cons: The game can be simple, or complicated.  The game doesn’t necessarily tell you where to go, but seasoned gamers can easily pick up which direction to go. The challenge is eliminated when the game allows you to keep important objects even after you have been caught by a ghost.  You don’t really have to go back and analyze the patterns of how the ghosts move since you can basically just run in, grab the object, die, and start at a nice cozy save point.

If you happen to miss the event spawn point, there will be a lot of back tracking and at times this can feel pretty tedious.

Yomawari: Night Alone is the perfect game for October or when you want a good scare.  It’s not gory, but it doesn’t need to be gory in order for you to feel the terror of the night.  With its quiet atmosphere, creepy creatures, and story Yomawari: Night Alone easily made it to the top of my Favorite Horror Game list. To get the most out of this title, play in the dark with your headphones; you’ll be jumping out of your seat a few times.

Will you be picking up this title? What if your favorite “scary” game? Let me know in the comments.

Dear Charlotte Episode 1

“Your name is John. You wake up in a familiar world but something has changed. Your surroundings are toxic and you are only alive because of the hazmat suit you’re in. Your communicator beeps and you hear a familiar voice is heard on the other side. The voice tells you that he is your creator, and you must listen to him in order to stay alive.”

Dear Charlotte is a survival horror game brought to us by Method to Madness Studios. This survival horror  game puts you in the ruins of Quantic Medical Research Facility.  When an outbreak happens in the facility a mad scientist (believed to be the cause of the outbreak) saves you.  Now, under his guidance, you must escape the facility.

Episode 1 places you at the very beginning of the story where you find out how you first escape the facility.   As of yet, there is no release date, but the game will be released on PC.

Are you brave enough to take on this survival horror? Let us know in the comments, and be to check out the trailer below!