Survival horror enthusiasts are in for a treat, as Darril Arts and Stormind Games collaborate to release a physical version of Remothered: Tormented Fathers for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with a planned release date of October 31st of this year.
Although a pleasant surprise, fans of the game likely knew this was coming after the outstanding critical reception the game received upon first release in 2018. Prior to its release, Keiichiro Toyama, the creator of the Silent Hill series, announced his admiration for Remothered, and hoped to one day collaborate on a project together with creator Chris Darril. Talk about a solid endorsement from a master of the survival horror genre!
For the unfamiliar, this is a gem of a game that should be enjoyed in a dark room with a good pair of headphones. It can be absolutely terrifying to play, and without entering into any spoilers, we can say that the game relies heavily on the memories that occupy a house as our protagonist seeks to investigate its mysteries and unlock its secrets.
Combat is different from either Silent Hill or Resident Evil. Our character is not a cliché 80s action hero finding all manner of firepower and ammunition scattered throughout the house. The items found inside the home are common to any home, and as such, are best used for improvised self-defense, and distraction. The enemies faced will not be beaten, and instead you rely upon finding a good hiding spot until it is safe to resume your investigation. Failing to do so results in death, often violent and gruesome.
With that in mind, it is good to know ahead of time that one is entering into a story that was written with an air of over complexity in mind. Although we are drip fed information, by the end it often feels as though there is something lacking in the overall explanation of events.
The story element may be a sticking point for some players, so be warned. Some may not appreciate that kind of cryptic storytelling, but the game does make up for it in a way with its atmosphere of dread and uncertainty. In terms of survival horror games to add to one’s library, this is among the best.
So, with a Halloween release date planned, consider picking this up for a spooky night with some friends!
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