This game is indeed for hardcore gamers only. It can be well nigh impossible to progress through without the aid of a walkthrough, so you are bound to wrinkle your nose at the difficult level of this game. That being said, it's a nice-looking game with a lot to offer, as long as you know what you're getting into.
The story is the most compelling part of this game. It ties together well, and it was never boring or dragging. It is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's work, and it does manage to build that special atmosphere of his work. The story and the game is exceptionally linear, so don't expect any kind of exploring, which can be quite frustrating at times. Graphically speaking, the game looks great. Everything is polished, although not the best-looking game of its time. Everything looks great, if slightly lifeless at times. The animation of the characters is great, but not quite as detailed as that of the Dracula Trilogy. The voice-overs are top notch, and cannot be critized if you ask me. Even though you don't really have any options when it comes to the dialogue, you're still left with a feeling of statisfaction when listening to the voices.
This game is far from perfect, and it's grotesque difficult level can be extremely discouraging. That being said, this game oozes atmosphere, and even though it relies on tension rather than on actual thrills, it's still worth the ride if you have the patience to stick with it.
- Beautifully rendered
- Great voice-overs
- Compelling story
- Great atmosphere
- Exceptional difficult level
- Staggering puzzles that will leave you quite literally clueless
- Music? No excuse for the painfully avarage soundtrack
- Way too linear