Αναρτήθηκε: 20 Μαρτίου
15 hours in with friends, I must say that I heavily enjoyed Damned. This is coming from someone that normally hates first-person unarmed horror games on PC. The concept of the game is honestly brilliant. Each monster has mechanics that are unique to them and make all of them interesting to play as (although I think Phantom needs a bit more buffing in order to be more balanced).
As for survivors, it's interesting how the way the game works encourages people to work together BUT not stay close. That could mean immediate disaster, especially against the likes of Lurker or Mary. The sanity meter is also very neat and adds to the intensity. I also like how the doors work in this game. Makes it MUCH more challenging to escape from nasty situations.
The only thing I think needs a LOT of work is sound design. The game itself can build tension in many situations and is scary in certain ways, but sound design is very choppy and some of the sound effects they chose are incredibly cliche and immediately take me out of the game (randomly heard an Evil Witch laugh that I swear I heard on one of those Halloween spooky sounds CDs you can get at convenience stores). Mary's music is also very cheap-sounding and generic. I'd honestly turn the music volume to 0 if it weren't for the rest of the soundtrack being solid.
The game also still needs polishing. I've ran into glitches where we were unable to actually complete the stage, people would be stuck in the lobby despite the host starting the match, and Mary has been able to siphon energy off dead bodies and regain frenzy almost immediately after using it. I understand this game has recently stopped being Early Access? I still think they need to fix a lot of things before deciding that. Still, I'm sure they're working on it! Just 7 folks with a great concept, after all.
This is honestly one of the best horror games I've played in a long time. It really makes me glad someone can use this 'helpless defenseless first-person horror' genre to make something actually very enjoyable.