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The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Promising mature horror game ultimately fails to tantalize.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me

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At times, this really does feel and look like a horror movie that you're in control of. Decisions you make in The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me could have life or death consequences, and the murder scenes can be quite graphic. The graphics are impressive, and it's good to see the developers add a few features not found in its predecessors. But on the flip side, the characters can be bland, wooden, and lifeless (often with clichéd situations and comments). The puzzles aren't remarkable, and the action sequences don't feel very interactive. In the end, it's a good but not great adventure that leans more toward mediocrity than magnificence. Initially, you'll marvel at the realism of these characters in the prequel scene in the late 1900s, but the suspension of disbelief fades by the time you're playing in 2022, with the filmmakers arriving on the scene. While a passerby may do a double-take, the timing is off, the eyes are often "dead," and the movements can be awkward.

Having the story revolve around a serial killer instead of a supernatural tale is a welcome change. There's no shortage of games about zombies, ghosts, and demons, so kudos to Supermassive for sticking to the "real" horror of trying to escape a madman's wrath. While it's not utilized too much, the inventory system is a good idea, and for variety, different characters can do and use different things. You can now hop over chasms and run, climb, and perform a few other moves. At least the developers are trying something new. Cutscenes are plentiful, and if you're invested in this story, you won't mind watching -- but it's certainly not for everyone. That, and the quick-time for button mashing sequences, can be annoying as it may not work even though you went quite fast. The fun is trying to stay alive, exploring the premises and experiencing the different paths and character options, even if you perish (and you will). Fans of horror fiction may get something out of this $39 thriller, but it feels somewhat incomplete.

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