Claire: Extended Cut PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of Claire: Extended Cut by Hailstorm Games.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the game through PS Plus but like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Claire is a 2D horror adventure game that follows a woman named Claire who gets thrown into a horrifying world filled with unimaginable horrors. Claire’s journey takes her to many locations including a hospital, a school, and her apartment building.
The story focuses on the events surrounding Claire’s family. A surprising series of events led to Claire entering the horrifying otherworld and only by learning the truth can she escape.
Much of the game revolves around entering and exploring various rooms in a side-scrolling style setup. There are many items hidden throughout the game world including batteries for your flashlight, key items to help people and various drinks to heal Claire when she’s hurt.
As you explore the game you’ll have to make sure that you keep an eye on Claire’s sanity. If she sees scary things too frequently her mental state will drop and she will begin seeing and hearing things that aren’t there. The screen will also become smaller with darkness crowding around her. If her sanity level drops too far she’ll begin taking damage and you might die in the process.
The game features 2 light sources, a lighter, and a flashlight. The lighter doesn’t provide much light but it’s infinite. The flashlight on the other hand has a bright light but its batteries will drain over time.
There are also strange enemies that you’ll encounter as you explore as well but you can’t fight them so you’ll need to run away from them and hide. They’re pretty easy to avoid as long as you’re running past them and they don’t generally follow you past 2 rooms so they’re easy to escape from as well. On higher difficulty levels this will obviously change and the enemies will become tougher to escape from. They’ll also do much more damage on higher difficulties as well.
One thing I was really impressed with throughout my playthrough was the atmosphere and soundtrack. Both of which are amazingly well done and really added to the overall experience greatly.
Another thing that I really enjoyed was the artwork and how dingy and creepy everything looked. Each area I explored looked more and more demented and was another great part of the overall experience.
Overall, Claire: Extended Cut has been a great experience and it’s one of many examples of how to create a great 2D horror experience. I will admit that since the majority of the game revolves around entering and exiting rooms, the gameplay may get a bit repetitive for some. The story and atmosphere made up for the repetitiveness though and they both kept me playing for quite a few hours straight. If you’re in the mood for a horror game with some great atmosphere and a pretty interesting story then Claire: Extended Cut is a pretty great option.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!