Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Perception by The Deep End Games and Feardemic. I received a copy of the game for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Perception is a unique horror adventure game that puts you in the role of a blind woman named Cassie. She travels to an old house she keeps seeing in her dreams to find answers as to why. She soon finds out the house isn’t as it seems. The house is haunted by the past and there are now ghosts that inhabit the house. The house changes with each new chapter and the characters and stories for each are all different as well. The story is also inspired by true events. It’s based on the game director’s ancestor who was hung for suspicions of witchcraft in the 1600’s.
The game starts off quite horrifying and claustrophobic because of the darkness but I’ll admit that by the third chapter the horror elements wear off because you know what to expect.
Since the main character is blind she can’t see the world as we do. Instead she uses echolocation to make noise which allows her to “see” the world around her. She can see noise which she uses to navigate the house. If you make too much noise, however, you’ll attract the attention of an evil entity that lurks within the house.
I will admit something else as well. The flashing light of your footsteps made my eyes hurt after a while and I really would not recommend playing this game if you have epileptic seizures because it’d easily cause one.
One of my favorite things about this game is the excellent sound design. When using a headset you really get pulled into the creepiness of the house. You can hear children whispering in the background, the skittering of creatures and a wide range of other weird noises. It enhances the experience by a lot. The darkness of the game also enhanced the overall creepiness of the game as well. It made the game feel very claustrophobic.
I had quite a bit of fun with the game though I will admit that I do kinda wish it kept up with the scares all the way through. Those first 2 chapters were pretty tough to beat, however, and I felt that chapter’s 3 and 4 fell a bit short in comparison. That being said, the game is a great horror adventure and features some excellent voice acting, sound work and atmosphere. If you’re a fan of horror adventure games and want something unique to play, this game is worth checking out.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
Features of Interest
- Great Atmosphere
- Good Voice Acting/Sound Design
- Pretty Good Story
- Unique Echolocation Based Gameplay
- Chapters 1 + 2 Are Great
- The Flashing While Walking Hurts Your Eyes After A While
- Chapter's 3 + 4 Could Be Better
- Loses The Creepiness Halfway Through Because You Know What To Expect