Dunno why but I never saw this response.
Anyways, I watched him play parts of the first part of it while he was visiting and the part where [reply to see spoiler]
I ended up busting out laughing, too. The animations were just so dreadful at that point that it bordered on ridiculous.
I intend to go back and try playing it myself, but the first half an hour, hour, however-long-it-was or so doesn't give the impression that the game is creepy, let alone scary
, at all.
Yea, I guessed that's the part you are talking about - it's one of few jumpscenes \ shockers. Not my kind of horror as well (I kind of enjoy gruesome horrors like Graham Masterton's short stories but they fail to scare me). I was talking about scenes like the dead deer - you know that there is something in the woods that killed it, the thing is sentient enough to use a knife and you are unarmed and absolutely lost.
Animations didn't bother me at all - when I want photorealism, I go outside. In games, when I know what I'm supposed to see - it's good enough : ) In TCL I liked rough animations - Susan lives in dark, ugly world inhabited by dark, ugly people. That's how she sees people - as ugly, flat, malicious paper dolls. At least that's how I see it.
I suggest you play some more - or maybe try out the demo: it's set further in the story and imho it's one of the best segments, at least horror-wise - if it doesn't work for you, the game is probably not for you...