It's October, and therefore an appropriate time to clear out some of my horror game backlog.
Not a "horror" game, per se, but certainly atmospheric. As an actual platformer, stiff and unremarkable, but that's not really the point. Modestly priced. Recommended.
The Last Door
When this game was released, I made a two-sentence comment. One and a half, really, since the first is a fragment. "Oh hey, an "old school" game that tries to use crap graphics as a selling point. That's new." It's kind of embarrassing, in that context, how much I love this game. I do stand by that comment to a degree; graphics absolutely matter*, and The Last Door would be a better game if it had better graphics--but it's still a damn fine game, and I'm sorry that I ignored it so long. It's a game in four episodes; I gave my opinion of the episodes as I played, so I'll mostly just copy and paste.
First Episode: Gripping and effective, with a great opening. Excellent music, which will go on to be a selling point for all the episodes.
Second Episode: A good episode, with a hell of an ending. I did feel like they lost track of a plot thread. Where's the nun whose possessions are sitting by the ocean? Well ... kneeling in prayer in her bedroom, apparently. Unless that was supposed to be a different nun? How could you tell? Much a I'm loving this game, the graphics are not growing on me.
Third Episode: Three out of four episodes finished. The third episode had atmosphere and certainly wasn't bad, but I'd call it weaker than the other two. Its narrative focus--walking around looking for a mysterious man for no very clear reason--is too weak compared to the clearly motivated investigation of the first two chapters.
Fourth Episode: The climax suffers from not being really climactic, but effective enough.
* Yes, they do. I understand that people are reacting to an over-emphasis on graphics in game development, but pretending that the visuals of a visual medium don't matter, as some people on these forums try to do, is inane. On the other hand, this game never really claims to be "old school," so I'm not sure where that came from.
Next up ... gosh, I don't know. Maybe I'll try to finally beat Alone In the Dark. Or ... I keep hearing good things about The Walking Dead. Maybe time to finally jump into that, since I own the first season.
Post edited October 18, 2014 by BadDecissions