Okay ... Im a Survial Horror fan, consider myself fairly seasoned to be honest, Ive seen a trend of these POV games, i.e. Slender, Scratchs etc. So, I figured what the heck right? Give this one a go. I gotta tell ya, Its scarey. THIS GAME IS *&$#@^* SCAREY! I didnt think it would be, I mean, Im from the Resident Evil (Old School Res not the new stuff), Silent Hill and Doom generation. I get sleepy durring the Exorcist, I love Horror, but its been dry for several years now. This game, is Epic, from a horror point of view. If you kill the lights, toss in some earbuds and put yourself into this game You .. Will .. get freaked out at least some what. I found a few parts that I was thining "Okay, just ignore it, and move on" ... then something ELSE would kick off. Its not all in your face either, some of it is subtly, some of it is straight sick, and the rest is just very, very well done. My hats off to this game and its devs, I think a lot of AAA developers out there need to take a look and pay attention to the details of a TRUE Haunting experience. If your like me and are a fan of Horror (not guts and slashers for eye candy sake), true Horror, and if you have a little back knowledge i.e. Demonology, Paranormal Investigation, seen The Exorcist or the Conjuring, then you will LOVE this game.
This is also the first review I have ever felt compelled to write on Steam, and I have been a member for years! Im sure its just one huge run on sentence, and my spelling sucks ... trust me I know, but the point remains the same, your reading this because you are interested in this game, and if you are interested, then stop waisting time and BUY it! You will not regret it and you wont be able to stop playing it .. except maybe to turn the lights back on if your that type of person ;P
30 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Early Access Review
I give up. This game has been in my library since 2012 and is a perfect example of the early access beast rearing its ugly head.
It was started by a 17 year old which I was quite impressed with at first. But that teenager has since married and started a family.
We have waited patiently for 5 years to see some sort of meaningful progress on this game and there really hasn't been much at all. I REALLY wanted to believe in this project. But I just can't lie to myself about it anymore. It feels like it has become abandonware at this point.
There are always promises of big changes coming, but after 5 years most people still can't make it beyond the beginning area. That's pretty alarming.
Updates come every 6 months at best(the last major update was Dec 2016) and change very little about the game. Aside from updating to Unreal 4 engine, the only real changes that have been made are only tweaks of the current system.
Judging by what he's said on the forums, he has a lot on his plate so he probably shouldn't keep stringing people along or charging $10 for a game that he doesn't have time for anymore. In my opinion(and I expect there are some who will disagree which is fine), he should just scrap the project entirely or hand it to somebody who actually has time to develop it and move on with his life.
That being said, if you are interested in a 5 year old early access game that only gets updated twice a year, go for it!
41 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
Early Access Review
Paranormal is a great early access horror game. The only truely cliched part of the game is the story behind the haunting, but the majority of the scares are quite interesting, in my experience. I don't know why, but the game has received quite a lot of hate on the internet; much of which is from people who don't realize that the game is an alpha or people who want to look tough as though they're not scared. The majority of the horror of this game is from the terror of not knowing what will happen next, and when something does happen, it's often not what one expects. It's this type of horror that made games like the first 3 Silent Hill games so great. I reccomend it to anyone who can stomache the pre-release jitters and is a fan of horror.
56 people found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2015
Early Access Review
So, before I get blasted or you decide to skip this game because of my no to reccommending this game, let me explain.
Paranormal is a good game, I enjoyed it, it was creepy, scary, it changes each time you play it but there is one reason I do not and will not reccomend this game to anyone and that is it's been in alpha for going on 3 years now, they were suppose to add a free DLC expansion to the game called "The Town" that they have yet to release and recently announced that they are instead re-doing the game in unreal engine 4, which sure looks nice, but has left alot of us feeling cheated.
We paid for a game that was in progress because it looked good and were under the impression that within a year, year in a half we'd have a bad♥♥♥♥♥survival horror game that was complete. 3 years later and we are sitting here scratching our heads asking why it hasn't delivered yet, the game as is, is only worth $5.00, you will get through it in about 20 minutes tops, 30-40 minutes if you search each nook and cranny. So as of right now, no I wouldn't reccomend this game, in the future if they ever do release a "completed" version, that might change, but only once its complete.
31 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Early Access Review
Ok, two playthroughs in (died both times). STUPID CREAPY GAME!!!
Forget the graphics, the atomosphere is where this game shines! It made me jump a couple times but not from something jumping out in my face, it was what I couldnt see that spooked me. The odd sounds, the items that moved on their own, doors closing behind you, you are in a haunted house and it feels like it. Very suspenseful but very short playthroughs.
Paranormal will send chills down your spine and make you jump. If like me you like being scared witless then this is definately the game for you. I found the game atmospheric and thoroughly entertaining. Personally I didnt encounter any bugs or freezing whilst playing. The scares are different everytime you play the game. Prepare to be afraid. Very afraid.
This is one of the times that I with there was some another option other than yes or no when it came to recommending this game. I personally like the IDEA of the gameplay and the concept, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that I love the general gameplay as it stands right now either. Hopefully that'll make more sense as you continue to read my review, but let's get down to it.
In terms of graphics, it actually looks pretty decent for an indie game. I've seen some people saying that their computers couldn't handle it...but I've got a Nvidia Geforce 610 GT and I managed to run the game with just about everything on whilst also getting some pretty decent frames, so seeing as how this is a 'work in progress' I'm sure that subject to change...for the good or otherwise. When it comes to the camera effects and the SFX and whatnot, I'd say that's mostly where the game shines at in terms of graphics. The distortions are done pretty well, there's some haze if you try to look at something in the distance, and the colors even begin to seperate when it rains (I.E. the water causes the camera to see Red, Green, and Blue). Now, all this being said, there are some flaws here and there. Some examples would be some textures looking...a bit outdated/out of place, randomly changing pictures (And not in the good way either...as in the paintings seem to be actually changing into something completely different before my eyes at times. If that's part of the game, then just shoot me a message, but I'm pretty sure I saw one of those Michael Jackson paintings literally morph into one of the bathroom paintings.)
There are some things that I did kinda gripe about in the game that others might say was just me nitpicking, but personally they kinda stood out a lot. For one thing the perspective of your character is...odd. I feel like he's taller than the viewpoint may imply, as referenced by the furniture and whatnot, but whenever I attempted to interact with something I couldn't help but feel like I was incredibly short. The rooms could have been a bit more interesting in my opinion, and the design of the house just felt...off.
Now the sound is one of the high points. Listening to the game via my computer speakers doesn't do it enough justice, so I normally use my headphones when I play this game. It does a fair job of immersing you into the game via sound, and it does help to make the game more atmospheric/scary.
When it comes to gameplay, the premise of the game is pretty basic. You go around the house and record the strange occurances that happen there, or don't happen as the case may be. You've got your flashlight, and you've also actually got a time limit on how long you can stay up before you have to charge your camera. If you don't make it back to your bedroom before the battery hits zero then you die. You can go around the house and collect/read the letters left behind by the previous owner, as well as learn the history of the house via the laptop, or you can learn about our main character's background.
The story is nothing special at all. It's actually your typical 'Haunted House' type plot. I understand that the game is supposed to be, more or less, of an homage to Paranormal Activity, but the story could really have been a bit less cliched in my opinion. Not that you're required to even figure out the story, as you could just play the game without ever picking up a single note.
The scares aren't very scary. I jumped due to...well, jump-scares, but that's it. I never felt real-deal fear while I played the game, and some of the scares just felt a bit forced and really typical for me. I get that they're dynamic to help make the game stay fresh, but that only works if the game continues to scare you...that never really happened for me.
This isn't going to affect my decision on how I'd rate this game, but if you came here with the expectation that the game would have fairly frequent updates...well, then you may want to look elsewhere. As you could probably tell from the patch-notes about, the game hasn't been updated since April. I don't currently know what the creator is doing as of right now, but I had heard that he has tried to fund the project through a website other than Kickstarter. I currently don't know the name.
Personally, I don't know if I'd recommend this game as it stands. I liked the idea/concept of this game, and I'd very much like to see how much farther it'll go during development, but as it stands it's just an alright game to me. It offers nothing new in the way of gameplay, story, or otherwise, but at the same time the premise of the game is pretty appealing to those who like to try out new things.
So I've checked this game every chance that I've gotten since the latest update on New Year's Eve, and...nothing. No updates, no latest news, nothing. As I've stated before, it's not a bad game and it shows promise...but what's the point of promise if it just doesn't deliver?
Seriously, I've just about given up on the game at this point. I could seriously care less about the game being converted to UE4. Why not finish the UE3 version of the game first and work on the UE4 version second? It'd certainly give us all something to do.