Where do I start?
th316 wrote this review on .
This game is revolutionary in the sense that it really doesn't fit into any of the common categories. It basically puts together various aspects of of previous games. In some instances it works and others it's just been played out all before. What the game does extremely well is it really feels eerie on the borderline of being flat out scary. I can't quite figure out if it is the sound, the low lighting, or a combination of both. Whatever it is this is the first game I've ever played that gets it right. With that said the storyline has been done a thousand times over.
The gameplay starts out interesting but it gets old fast. From the beginning to the end it's the same thing. The low lighting while probably adding to the eerie feeling just gets annoying. One thing that it really affects is your sense of direction. In this game you will find yourself back tracking constantly, especially after a fight. The environment looks the same everywhere you go within a particular act and usually what happens is your exit or goal is found right at the beginning of your journey. You have to go through a few doors, fight a few guys that jump out of the dark, find something like an axe, or turn on a power switch. Then you go back and you see the guy your after just as he runs behind the corner. There are a few things to find that help your gamers score, but after awhile you just wait for the next guy to jump out and attack you.
The fighting in this game is what I feel makes this game difficult. Dying is not really an issue because there are first aid kits all over the place. After picking up a 2X4 or pipe you will find yourself being blindside every so often and the fight begins. In the fight you have two basic functions, attack and block. I have found that timing the block is extremely difficult, it almost never works and then I tee off on the dudes head with some wood knocking him to the ground and then walk up and stomp the dude. The one thing that I really like in the fights is the taser. The taser has been done in other games, but for some reason it's just fun to use in this game.
There is an evidence collecting mode in the game and you still have access to your FBI connections because if the FBI believed you killed another agent they would overlook something like you being able to access ANYTHING! This part of the game plays it's self anyway so whatever.
The graphics in this game would probably be awesome if you could actually see anything outside of the range of your flashlight. In the limited areas that are lit there is a good amount of detail. The sound I think really does it for this game. The game kind of feels like a cheesy slasher film, but the sound could be from a killer thriller.
As far as value versus fun this game might be a toss up. I think it was worth the experience and am glad that I got it. On the other hand I don't see this being a long term play, and if you are highly critical of this type of game you might get bored or irritated with the game play.