Bloober Team has once again proven they're the masters at unique horror storytelling. I'm absolutely blown away by the dazzling spectacle of weirdness that is Layers of Fear 2 and am spellbound by the amazing attention to detail the team spent on their haunted cruise liner. The game almost defies logic and reality itself: it's like the magic of an ultra-creative feature-length film was condensed to the point of maximum potency, but also stretched out to last a cool 10 hours of interactive storytelling.
This particular slice of horror isn't just a game, though. It's something beyond, something on the fringes that can't easily be defined. I'm glad these types of experiences exist--make no mistake, Layers of Fear 2 isn't just a game but an experience--and we absolutely need more experimental artistic creations like this in the games industry.
Layers of Fear 2 is a must-have game for any horror fan, especially those who enjoy movies from directors like Hitchcock, Kubrick, Melies, Lang, and Lynch. It also helps to have an undying passion for shows like The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, and Twin Peaks.
+ Incredibly bizarre visuals that go beyond anything I've seen
+ Powerful, harrowing storyline
+ Suspenseful atmosphere
+ Masterful blend of horror themes and films
+ Haunted ghost ship is captivating and compelling
+ Creative puzzles blended with macabre style
- Minor performance hiccups here and there
- Alt tabbing sometimes led to black screens
The Bottom Line
Bloober Team creates another macabre masterpiece with horror, heart, and incredible style. If David Lynch made a video game, it'd be Layers of Fear 2.
Layers Of Fear: Masterpiece Edition - PS4 [Digital Code]
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