Publisert: 3. juli
This game started
out lame enough; another portal clone/alternate with overdone voice-overs, lazy looping speach animations for characters (even when they only appear on-screen) and a whiney main character, Dax. also an ill-explained backstory and poor characterisation early on despite the extremely lengthly opening cinematic.
The graphics are nice, the colours are... interesting, and the level design is actually really decent. It's a pretty-looking game, and the puzzles are genuinely fun and at times honestly challenging.
The first few levels were easy enough, adding new mechanics only one at a time so you still have a chance at solving the puzzles without getting too lost. The "guy in charge" insults our main character Dax a lot in the early levels and he responds under his breath with a few of his own whitty come-backs, giving the game a light-hearted feel from the beginning. But just when you start to feel like you're rubbing your new found skills in the face of your doubters, the games's tone takes a complete 180. You go from being made to feel like you're being treated like a child, to the organisers of these challenges begging you to save them
. This game got real dark, real fast.
This game is creepy if you're already aware of the cthulu mythos, and potentially moreso if you aren't since your imagination can fill in the blanks then. There's suspense, chase-scenes, high-pressure challenges while you're being chased, and tunnel mazes filled with beasts in a Minotaur and labrynth style. Solving challenges in space with cthulu chanting from above while a creature from the deep is speed-walking ever closer to punch me to death from behind with its bare fin-hands is not my forte, so for me some parts of this game got feircely challenging, while other parts felt dissapointingly easy.
So in summary; this game has a good foundation, fun levels ranging from "was-that-really-it?" to ragequit material, pretty graphics, over-acting that kinda grows on you, situational horror that's worse the more you know, and moderately difficult levels.
Definitely worth your money, this game certainly met my expectations.