Since DayZ redefined the survival horror genre and Outlast brought a new meaning to the word terror, just about every studio wants in on the action. A host of original horror games a penciled in for this year and we could truly be seeing a horror revival, as well as re-invention.
One studio hoping to capitalise on the momentum is Tango Gameworks (developer) and Bethedsa (publisher), with their upcoming slightly surreal The Evil Within. At the helm is Shinji Mikami, the mastermind behind titles such as Resident Evil 1-4, Devil May Cry, Killer 7, God Hand and Viewtiful Joe. With Mikami’s impressive résumé Bethedsa surely can’t fail.
Here’s the new trailer
The official blurb on the Evil Within Website reads;
Highly-crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story are combined to create an immersive world that will bring you to the height of tension. With limited resources at your disposal, you’ll fight for survival and experience profound fear in this perfect blend of horror and action.”
Whilst certain elements of this game are intriguing, I can’t help but feel that we are treading over a lot of old territory here. There may be some third person action elements which appeal to me, but the designs of the enemies are reminiscent of Silent Hill. Even having a cloaked antagonist roaming the halls, who I suspect (judging by the trailer) is playing with your mind, feels somewhat clichéd. Surely walking into an unknown situation with little defence and dark corridors, just like Outlast, is a more horrifying prospect. Polygon were fortunate enough to get hands on with the game and felt somewhat underwhelmed by the lack of ‘scares.’
For now Twinstickgaming will reserve judgment and hope to be terrified out of our skin this August.