When the Darkness Comes is not a game for everyone, as the warning says at the game’s start screen. The game delves into the psychology of anxiety and depression, and can therefore be upsetting for some individuates (this reviewer included). Please play with caution and remember, it’s just a game! If you find yourself needing to exit after starting I found that you will need to press CTRL-ALT-Delete, open Task Manager, and end the task from there.
Narration. This game, much like “The Stanley Parable” is narrated throughout by an unseen character. The narrator does a great job of drawing the player into the game world. The dialogue it well written and allows the player to feel like they are not just part of the story, but the story itself.
Lighting. Sirhaian did a great job using light and shadows to guide the player throughout the game. Additionally, there are small details in low lit areas, areas that are the wrong way, such as the words “wrong way” on a border block early in the game (see image below).
Music. The music in the game by Julie Maxwell sets the mood very well. The sound effects add to the pacing and help with amping up the horror aspect.
Single Developer. This game was made by one person who utilized Unity assets that he found online to help build the game world, sound effects from freesound.org and outsourced the music. That is pretty impressive!
No exit. Once the player starts the game the only way to exit that I found is to press CTRL-ALT-Delete, open Task Manager, and end the task from there. For a game that starts with a “Trigger Warning” that seems a little counter-intuitive.
When the Darkness Comes is a dark game that takes the player on a tour of the human psyche looking at depression, anxiety and suicide. While the game is not for all players, it is really well done and you can feel the passion that the developer put into his project. One of my favorite things about indie games is that they are made by developers who have a real passion for making games, for telling their stories, and for entertaining us, the players. Triple A studios could take a lesson from games like When the Darkness Comes; and I hope that, for the sake of gaming’s future, someday they do.
Does this weeks game sound interesting to you? You can pick up When the Darkness Comes for yourself on Steam or at Sirhaian‘s website for free write now and experience it now.
Available Platforms: PS4, XBox One, Nintendo Switch, Steam
Price: $49.99 (USD)
Reviewed on: PC
Genre: Adventure, Survival Action
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Release date: June 5, 2018
Vampyr is a game all about controlling the “monster” and seeing that sometimes what we think we know isn’t always the truth. Players control Doctor Jonathan Reid, a surgeon turned vampire in his quest find the cure to his vampirism disease. Forced to defend against a population who sees him only as a monster, Dr. Reid will have to fight for his very survival until he can find the answers he seeks.
A really cool concept. Vampyr allows players to walk in the shoes of a man cursed to feed on humans. This is a really cool concept, and I absolutely love it.
Voice acting. The voice acting in Vampyr is really well done. You can hear the emotion in Doctor Reid’s voice throughout the game as he tries to come to terms with what he is.
Dark and grizzly. The game has a nice dark atmosphere that helps to immerse the player into the game world. I highly recommend playing in the dark and with head phones on.
Graphics. This game was released in mid 2018 and developed on the Unreal Engine. The game simply does not utilize the potential of Unreal, and lacks in the graphics department as a result. The screenshots on the game’s website, and the trailers look really good, but this unfortunately does not show in the game itself, and that is a little disappointing.
Tutorial. The game offers players a tutorial in the form of messages that pop-up on the screen while moving through the early stages of the game. Unfortunately, these tips are on screen very briefly and are quite easy to miss. I completely missed what the CTRL key did until I was editing my video and saw that it locked in on enemies (a helpful thing to know), and I completely missed the tip on how to switch targets.
All-in-all, Vampyr is a really well rounded game. It is fun and immersive with a dark and macabre plot. Jonathan Reid is a tortured and likable character who is easy to root for. Anthony Howell does an amazing job of voicing him and really brings the character to life. While the graphics are lackluster, especially for a game made in 2018; everything else is quite enjoyable. I really liked the game and would recommend it, but only to mature audiences.
Does this weeks game sound fun to you? You can pick up Vampyr for yourself on Steam or at the website and help Doctor Reid search for his cure.
Game: Resident Evil 2 Remake
Available Platforms: PS4, XBox One, Steam
Price: $59.99 (USD)
Reviewed on: PC
Genre: Survival Horror
Release date: Jan 25, 2019
Hello and welcome to Jay’s Game Reviews! Today I am reviewing Capcom‘s Survival horror game remake of Resident Evil 2.
Resident Evil 2 pits players against a seemingly never ending horde of flesh eating ghouls. The game takes place (like others in the franchise), in Raccoon City; primarily within the confines of the police station. Players of the original game will have their nostalgia itch scratched while still getting to experience something brand new and fresh. Players who have never played the original game will still be able to enjoy this game without feeling like they are missing part of the story.
Beautifully remastered. The game has been remade using modern gaming technology. Everything is rendered amazingly and looks phenomenal! Every hair, pool of blood and drop of sweat has never looked better. The shadows and glare of lights adds a very gloomy and dark feel helping set the creepy mood for the world around the player.
Voice acting. The voice acting in the game is well done and believable. This helps the player care about the characters that they are controlling as well as the NPC’s throughout the game.
Costumes. Yes, for a few extra dollars players can add a few extra costumes. While normally I would count DLC as a Con, in this case it helps add to the experience. If players choose to play in the Noir costume, the game will be played in black and white. This, in my opinion gives the game more of a creepy feel.
Scary. Speaking of that creepy feel, this game is both scary and surprising. There is just enough different from the original to make everything feel new and each corner feel like a potential game over.
This remake of the classic survival horror game Resident Evil 2 uses today’s gaming technology to give a fresh new look to an already amazing game.
Does this weeks game sound fun to you? You can pick up Resident Evil 2 for yourself on Steam or at the website and fight to survive yourself!
Game: Bad Dream: Fever
Available Platforms: PC
Price: $9.99 (USD)
Reviewed on: PC
Genre: Point and Click, Horror, Puzzle
Developer: Desert Fox
Release date: Nov 15, 2018
Hello and welcome to Jay’s Game Reviews! Today I am reviewing Desert Fox’s Point and Click game Bad Dream: Fever
Bad Dream: Fever is a Point and Click, Horror style Puzzle game from developer Desert Fox. Fever shows a world that is being infested with ink and the player must try to figure out why and try to fix it. Fans of Bad Dream: Coma will recognize the way that puzzles can sometimes be solved unconventionally. For example: In Coma; players needed to cut out a drawing of the moon, and place it in the sky to make it night time.
A nice story. Like Coma, Fever offers players a fun and creepy story to follow as they try to figure out how to stop the spread of the ink plague. Who is the strange woman in the plague doctor mask? What it the deal with the robot that stops player’s progress? You’ll have to play and find out!
Challenging puzzles. Fever is a game full of puzzles that players have to solve to move forward. Most of the time players will have to think WAY outside of the box to solve the riddle. Like cleaning ink off of a map in order to unlock a location.
Simplistic design. There is something to be said for games that only require players to point at an object and click it. It is a very simple concept and players of any skill level can do it. You don’t need to be a great gamer to play this game and you don’t need fast reflexes either. Just point, and click!
Interesting world and art style. Bad Dream: Fever features a wold loaded with artistic backgrounds. Each screen comes to life with drawings of clowns, buildings, lakes and dead people.
No Direction. Players will often find themselves stuck and unable to progress. This comes from a lack of instruction on what players should do to proceed. This can frustrate most players and cause them to step away from or give up entirely on the game. Sometimes you just need to click everything and hope that something happens!
The Run around. A lot of the things the player must do in this game involve going to a place, getting a thing and returning. Then later the player has to return to the location for a second or more time for additional items. Fetch quests are rarely enjoyable.
Bad Dream: Fever is a great point and click game that you can complete in a day. I found it to be fun and entertaining for the most part. With a price tag of right around $10 USD it is not too expensive and good for people who like puzzles that make you think unconventionally.
Does this weeks game sound fun to you? You can pick up Bad Dream: Fever yourself over on the Steam Store and solve the puzzles too!
Game: Remothered: Tormented Fathers
Available Platforms: PC, PS4, XBox One
Price: PC $9.99 (USD), PS4 & XBox One $17.99 (USD)
Reviewed on: PC
Genre: Horror, Action
Developer: Darril Arts
Release date: Jan 30, 2018
Remothered: Tormented Fathers is another game that I had the privilege to Beta test and have seen it evolve into the masterpiece that it is today. I do not use the word “masterpiece” lightly, this game is a true gem! If you are a fan of Survival Horror I highly recommend Remothered, and I’m not the only one! You might ask, “What makes it so good?” Well, as always lets take a look at some pros and cons of this game.
Highly terrifying. This game really makes he player’s adrenaline pump as they are constantly hunted through out the game. The constant dread of being caught at any moment serves to keep the player on edge and always alert.
Defenseless protagonist. Dr. Rosemary Reed the protagonist that the player controls throughout the game has two ways to elude her tormentor, she can hide in wardrobes and she can throw bottles into his face. That’s about it though! This lack of defensive weapons leaves the player feeling vulnerable throughout the game.
A nice creepy story. Without giving away too much (because spoilers suck!), Dr. Reed busts into Dr. Richard Felton’s home for her concern for Celeste a young girl gone missing. As you might suspect, Felton is not happy with the trespasser!
Visually appealing, in a creepy way. This game is beautifully rendered, even if that beautiful rendering is scary and creepy as hell!
Voice acting is well done. The voice actors in this game did a great job! Danielle McRae (League of Legends, World of Warcraft) as Reed and Adam Harrington (Bigby Wolf, Tales of Monkey Island) as Felton really show the emotions of their characters. They are joined by Lani Minella as Gloria & Red Nun, Olivia Steele as Celeste Felton & Jennifer, Talmadge Ragan as Madame Svenska and Brandon Fague as Mr. Manni all of which really bring the game to life.
Very difficult. This gave takes things back to the 1990’s when video games were extremely difficult with no apologies. I would personally consider this a Pro, but I understand that it can be a deal breaker for some players.
Not for children. This game by its nature is NOT kid friendly and will likely keep them up all night with nightmares. While I would have played this game as a kid, I would not recommend it to most young people.
As you might have guessed, I really enjoyed this game! Everything about it really feeds my craving for horror, and scratches that creepy itch. I highly recommend Remothered: Tormented Fathers to anyone who enjoys a good scare, but be warned: This game is not for those who don’t like horror or children. I listed two cons, but to be honest, I really had to think about them. In fact I spent about three hours and played the game some more trying to come up with something to put on the list. I can’t really fault the game for these two cons though, as they are there by design and serve to make the game what it is.
Want to experience the frights for yourself? You can pick up Remothered: Tormented Fathers from the game’s official site for Xbox One, PS4, and PC or for PC on the Steam Store.
I Rate this game 100 out of 100. That’s right, this game is THAT GOOD!
You can check out my original beta testing for the game below: