The last chapter of The Dark Pictures is another great foray into the horror genre for Bandai Namco.
With its short formats and ultra-effective narration, the series The Dark Pictures brings a breath of modernity to the horror genre. After Man of Medan released in 2019, Little Hope released in 2020 and House of Ashes in 2021, the Bandai Namco license concludes its first season with a final episode centered on the first ever serial killer.
When a film crew passionate about news stories is invited to stay in a replica of the famous HH Holmes Serial Killer Murder Castle, the opportunity seems too good to be true. Scrutinized by a mysterious host, the characters quickly realize that they are not immune to a new drama. With an engaging scenario and mechanisms that are still just as effective, The Devil in me is a nugget to put under the tree this year. Here are three reasons to crack without delay.
Terrifying true story
From the introduction, the story of The Devil in me takes on a particular flavor compared to the previous chapters narrated by the curator. The tragedy around the famous Castle of the murders of HH Holmes does not leave unscathed and for good reason. In addition to giving us a particularly trying scene, The Dark Pictures also immerses us in the horror of a real news item. Inspired by the very first serial killer in the United States (it is to him that we owe the word serial killer), the historical dimension of the game brings with it a strange feeling of unease. The narration may well be fictionalized, it rests on sordid bases that we would have liked not to dig up.
horror for all
The creators ofUntil Dawn no longer have much to prove in terms of horror storytelling. Developed by Supermassive Games, the game perfectly handles the art of suspense and storytelling. The horror is everywhere, and the scenario superbly orchestrated. We expected no less from the studio, but it is clear that the recipe works wonderfully. Without being really gory or untenable, The Devil in me skilfully flirts with the codes of the genre. Between jumpscares, latent malaise and a creepy atmosphere, horror lovers shouldn’t be left wanting. For others, the title is a perfect starting point to discover the genre.
Despite its not always perfect animation during the game phases (unlike the cinematics which shine with their realism), The Devil in me Enjoy improved gameplay, with more room for exploration and puzzles. Without being frankly complicated, the latter largely contribute to the gloomy and oppressive atmosphere. The narrative game mixes QTE and multiple choices, while allowing local multiplayer (via the TV evening option) or network.
You would have understood it, The Devil in me brilliantly concludes the first season of The Dark Pictures. Pending the release of the next alien-centric installment, the game is available on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, and playable cross-platform for multiplayer.