Please, I beg you, go buy this game...RIGHT NOW!!
This game is freaking tremendous! It's so freaking good and so gripping, it's amazing. So the game's story is that one year ago, 10 friends went to winter lodge that was owned by the one friend (Josh), his two siblings (Hannah and Beth who are twins), and their parents. Then, 6 of the friends pull a prank on one of the sisters (Hannah) and lure her into a secluded room where her love interest (Mike) is and where everyone is hiding. She goes into the room and starts to take of her clothes (you don't see anything), because she was going to have sex with Mike. Then one of the friends lets out a silent snicker, and Hannah hears her. Embarassed, she goes outside into the snowstorm. Her sister, Beth, goes out to help find her. When she finds her, they start runnign, because they see something, but it isn't revealed at this point what the thing is. They run, but get stuck between the thing and a cliff. They hold each others hands, because they're scared, but then one of the sisters slips and drags the other down with her, but the one catches herself on a tree root. Then a masked figure offers them a hand to get up. Here a key mechanic is introduced, though I'll talk about that later. You get to decide whether or not you drop Hannah and take his hand or just let go, but either way, they both die, because it's a key part of the story. Then, one year later, they all return on the anniversary of the twins disappearing. They all return and think everythings normal, but they realize that there's a maniac on the loose, and when things start to look up, things get even worse as they discover that a mythical being is hunting them. The gameplay is also really good. This game is a third-person horror game that is really story-based. One of the key gameplay mechanics is the decision system. In this game, you get to make different dialouge decisions that don't change the game too much, only a bit of the dialouge, but then there's the Butterfly Effect. A gameplay mechanic that takes some of the decisions you make and gives you consequences and changes the story. Some may choose whether a person dies or lives even. And the Butterfly Effect also can end up changing the ending depending on whether or not you kill everyone, everyone lives, or some people live some people die. There's also a totem mechanic that ties in with the story that shows possible future events. Some the death of the finder, some the death of a friend, some show a possible future event of fortune and such. Also, there's these clues that you can find that open up some more dialouge, that help lead you to the killer is before he's revealed, ect. The game looks beautiful, it's such a great looking game, the only gripe that I have with the graphics is that the hair graphics look a bit weird at times, but the game is still jaw-droppingly beautiful. Now, onto the parent's concerns. Yes, this game is M, and yes, this game earns that rating, but it's not too bad. The violence and gore isn't too bad. If you've played games like Mortal Kombat, you should kind of expect that level of blood and gore in this game. The blood and gore only really happens when someone dies. People getting cut in half, people getting hung from spikes through their necks, people getting their heads crushed, ect. Though this may sound bad, it's not too bad. When someone dies there is a fair amount of blood, and sometimes you may see a persons guts, veins and such. The swearing is a bit above average when it comes to M games. There's a fair amount of uses of F***, s***, d***, and a** though it's kind of tame when it comes to M games. The sex is non-exisistent. There's some references but that's it. The game also shows great role-models. By the very end of the game, all of the characters become really brave and learn to percerviere. It also has a great message, because it teaches kids to not give up during tough times and about making hard decisions and thinking about the long-term, even if it may be an on-the-fly decision. Also, the game can get a bit scary, which may be a bit of a concern for your child. One of the main antagonists of this game is a mythical creature that looks pretty scary. The atmosphere is also pretty creepy. And the themes are a bit on the darker side. This game has to do with loss, revenge, cannibalism, and more that does make this game pretty dark. This game is great. Because of the gore and swearing, I would reccomend it for 13-14+, but that depends on your child and whether or not you're comfortable with your child being exposed to this stuff. This game is terrific. It teaches kids about percervierence and it makes yhou really care about the characters and makes you really want to keep them alive. This game is awesome and is a true hidden-gem and is one of the best games of this year so far.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Ease of Play