Posted: June 30
Betrayer is a unique game that walks the line between a first-person adventure game (with some light FPS elements) and a horror game. There are a few moments of pseudo jump-scares, but most of the "creepy factor" for this game comes from the loneliness of the environment and the idea of being lost and alone in a strange land. The graphics are incredibly realistic (for some reason, I just love the wind-animations against the trees!), and I think the game shines graphically in the normal colored mode, though I think the black-and-white format does provide a nice aesthetic that does have gameplay advantages (enemies, chests, and other important things are a shiny red that stands out against the bleak look).
I really like the fact that the game has such an interesting setting. The idea of finding yourself alone and in a dangerous environment is cool enough, but I like the fact that the game is set in 1604 in colonial Virginia. It just feels different from most other survival horror or adventure games I've played. The developers also did a good job capturing the looks for buildings and objects of the period, and the weaponry is pretty accurate for early-17th century technology.
Sometimes, the goals of an "area" are less clear than you might hope. The maps are very large, so a lot of exploration is necessary. This could be a turn off for some, but I always enjoyed lurking through the brush and finding something lore-related I had missed while trying to flee for my life earlier from enemies.
It's worth noting that if you are looking for a first-person shooter type of experience, although this game has elements of one, it likely won't fully scratch that itch for you. Thus, I'd recommend it for someone who digs the idea of a survival horror/adventure game set in a different environment with a compelling mystery to solve and some wonderful graphics.
Honestly, I'd say it's worth the asking price, though the game also frequently appears in bundles as well, for what that's worth. =)
On a scale from 0 to 10, with 5 being a "true average," I'd give this game an: