A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Actions have consequences. Decisions you make can result in terrible and unforeseen outcomes later on. Even not making a choice is a choice.
Positive Role Models
Players can not only choose what to do but how to speak to people -- including being rude or nice -- and these choices can drastically change how future events in the game play out.
Ease of Play
The controls are easy to learn and are explained well. But your decisions have consequences, and as in life, there are no do-overs (unless you start over from the beginning, that is).
Violence & Scariness
The game features numerous acts of violence, including people being shot, hung, and stabbed. This results in a lot of blood, gore, and dismemberment. There are also numerous scary moments throughout.
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The dialog includes such curse words as "f--k" and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
This is the second chapter in the Dark Pictures anthology.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope is an interactive horror movie adventure game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. Players attempt to survive against seemingly impossible odds in a mysterious town. As a horror story, the game not only has numerous scary moments, but a lot of blood and gore as well, including images of characters being shot, stabbed, mutilated, and hung. Frequent profanity such as "s--t" and "f--k" are present in the dialog. Communication between players in co-op sessions isn't monitored.
Is It Any Good?
Like an interactive version of a very scary horror movie, this not only casts you as all of the characters, but as the director and co-screenwriter as well. In The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope, four college students and their professor survive a bus crash, only to find themselves stranded in a spooky New England town that rivals Salem on the creepy meter. To survive, you -- playing as all five characters -- not only have to explore, you also have to interact with each other, and it's how to you do so, and the other choices you make, that could determine which characters live or die. But while we've seen this in other games that are basically interactive cutscenes, what sets it apart from other titles like this is that it doesn't try to recreate hand gestures and other movements with the controls, but instead employs ones like those in action games, which makes it easy to avoid making stupid mistakes.
This game also fixes some of the issues that slightly undermined the first one, Man of Medan. For one thing, your foot speed is more appropriate for someone in a life or death situation. Similarly, the camera works a bit better this time around, though it's still not as good as if this employed a player-controlled one. And this is true whether you play this alone, with a friend co-op online, or with four friends in the same room, during which each of you control one specific character. Though we'd suggest first playing this one on your own...late at night...with the lights down low.... After all, truly scary games like The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope are always best when you're alone in the dark.
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