As much as we loved Bloodstained; Ritual of the Night there was still a small part of us that wished the visuals retained the beautiful pixel art style of Symphony of the Night. It looks like we were not the only ones either as The Last Faith – a dark Gothic Metroidvania by Kumi Souls Games was 100% funded in just 2 days. The Last Faith will allow players to discover the secrets of a decadent world where an ancient religion is the law, but they will have to face horrific beasts to subvert a hidden prophecy
Soma is a sci-fi, horror experience that is set deep below the waves of the Atlantic ocean. At first glance, it might seem like Bioshock without the combat but delve deeper and you will find a deeply engrossing experience that is filled with thought-provoking themes. The game features excellent visuals, great sound design, and a story that will stay with you for days. It might disappoint some players looking for a pure horror or action title, but overall Frictional Games knocked it out of the park with Soma.
Gameplay: The game draws you in right from the start and doesn’t let go.
Graphics: Detailed environments and stunning underwater locations.
Sound: Everything from voice acting to music and sound effects is top-notch
Rebellion has announced that their cult horror shooter, Zombie Army 4: Dead War, is launching on Stadia this May. Even better, the game will be free to all Stadia Pro subscribers. Stadia Pro is also free for another month, so this is the perfect opportunity to take down the rotting hordes if you live in a supported country
Moons of Madness is a story-driven horror title where players control an engineer fighting for his life and sanity on Mars. After what was supposed to be a fairly routine mission goes horribly wrong you are left trying to salvage the situation as the odds continue to mount against you. Although the focus in this game is very much on the story, it also features some nice puzzles and the threat of death will keep you on your toes.
Gameplay: Thanks to some decent puzzles Moons of Madness is more than just a walking simulator.
Graphics: The game features plenty of nice visual details.
Sound: Decent soundtrack, but it is the voice acting that really stands out
Zombie Army Trilogy takes the original Nazi Zombie Army games, gives them a brand new coat of paint, and dishes them up along with a third chapter. Shooting zombies in the head with sniper rifles is every bit as enjoyable as it sounds, but for the most fun, you ideally want to team up with a few friends for the online co-op. Despite a few rough edges and slightly repetitive gampeplay Zombie Army Trilogy comes highly recommended for fans of co-op games.
Gameplay: Slightly repetitive, but a whole lot of fun.
Graphics: The visuals look decent and are a significant improvement over the original games.
Sound: Straight from a zombie-themed B-movie
From Resident Evil 2 to Pathologic 2, 2019 has been no stranger to horror games so far. We’ve seen plenty of good ones, a few that haven’t lived up to expectations and even a couple that took us by surprise. Then, PlayWay S.A. contacted us with a short beta version of the upcoming Illusion Ray Studio title, The Beast Inside. It is only one of the thirteen chapters from the full game, but what we experienced was already more than enough to convince us that The Beast Inside is going to be a stellar title
The new remastered version of Saya no Uta ~ The Song of Saya updates this classic visual novel without messing with the things that have made it so popular. It is still as disturbing as ever, although Steam players will have to spring for the adult patch to get the full experience. The original artwork looks great in high definition and the new engine means it’s no longer a hassle to try and run the game on modern hardware. It’s also good to see that the already great translation has been polished even more. If you can handle disturbing content, and enjoy the genre, then we cannot recommend Saya no Uta ~ The Song of Saya enough.
Gameplay: Not a lot of choices, but the story is so good that you won’t mind.
Graphics: Still very disturbing, especially when played uncensored.
Sound: The soundtrack is excellent and so is the voice acting
Close to the Sun puts you in the boots of Rose Archer, a reporter exploring the quarantined depths of the Helios research ship to find her sister. The Helios is the creation of Tesla as a haven for the greatest scientific minds, but right from the start it is clear that something went terribly wrong. Close to the Sun is inevitably going to draw some comparisons to the Bioshock titles, but it is more of a walking simulator that has a few puzzles and chase sequences sprinkled in for good measure. It’s not a bad game, but does feature a few annoying bits and never reaches the heights it could have.
Gameplay: Slowly walk through beautiful surroundings while solving puzzles and running away from the occasional foe.
Graphics: The levels look great, but the character models and animations let things down slightly.
Sound: Decent music and the voice acting isn’t too bad either
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice might not have the best combat or puzzles in the genre, but it is hard to beat in terms of storytelling and immersion. There are not many other games on the market that can hold a candle to it when it comes to visuals and animation, while the way it realistically portrays psychosis is also groundbreaking. The game still features plenty of combat, but it is not the primary focus, so players expecting something closer to previous Ninja Theory titles will probably be a little disappointed. However, if you can appreciate something with a strong narrative focus and willingness to tackle subjects that few others dare, then Hellblade is your game.
Gameplay: The combat and puzzles are a bit weak, but the overall experience is superb.
Graphics: Although the game is very bleak overall, the detail and animations are top notch.
Sound: This is definitely a game that must be played with headphones thanks to the awesome binaural sounds
Dead Effect is a first person shooter where you play as yet another space marine who has to clear out a zombie infestation on board a spaceship. Shooting zombies is quite satisfying, but the levels feel cramped and generic while the story is laughably cliched. The game does offer a ton of content for a very small price, but with so many better games available, it is hard to recommend this one.
Gameplay: Entertaining in parts, but overall a little lacking.
Graphics: Not bad for a game that started out on mobile, but definitely not cutting edge.
Sound: The voice acting is bad and the music unremarkable, but the sound effects are surprisingly good