The Long Reach PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PS4 version of The Long Reach by Painted Black Games and Merge Games.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from the publisher, Merge Games, for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
The Long Reach is an indie side-scrolling horror adventure game that puts you in the role of a man named Stewart and his journey is a crazy one that takes him across multiple locations where he’ll confront a wide range of nightmares. It was requested that I keep spoilers to a bare minimum and saying anything more than this would spoil the story so if you want to discover just how crazy it is, you’ll have to play it to find out.
The game is played in a side-scrolling manner where you use your control stick (or d-pad) to walk around the game world. To run you hold down the square button, your flashlight is R1 and your inventory is triangle. You can also use the X button to interact with items or talk to people. The controls are quite simple and doesn’t require the use of the full controller.
The game also relies heavily on item based puzzles and there were a few times where they stumped me as to what I was supposed to be doing. Once I figured out the solutions it was often a very derp moment because they were simple to figure out. One recommendation I have is to meticulously search every inch of the game world because some items are well hidden even though interactable items glow yellow. There were quite a few that I wound up overlooking by accident.
One really positive thing that I loved about this game was its atmosphere. The atmosphere and ambient music/sounds was excellent and it really drew me into the experience.
It’s also worth mentioning that this game doesn’t feature any voice acting so you’ll be doing a lot of reading. You’ll find that the writing and dialogue is quite excellent though and there were a few things that were pretty funny. It takes a pretty human approach to the dialogue so there’s lots of swearing throughout.
There were multiple moments where the game had me going WTF as well and it was great.
I’ll also mention that the game is fully compatible with the PS4 Pro’s new Supersampling feature and it enhances the game by quite a bit surprisingly. Great for those with a PS4 Pro but only have a 1080p screen to work with.
Overall, The Long Reach has been an epic experience overall and it was quite unique as well. It was the first horror game that I’ve ever played that utilized multiple perspectives and it made for excellent storytelling. If you’re a fan of horror games with great atmosphere and an interesting and rather bizarre story, then The Long Reach is definitely one to check out because I can’t recommend it enough.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review folks, and I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks.
Shaun Meyers Out!
The Long Reach
Features of Interest
- Excellent and Often Bizarre Story
- Excellent Atmosphere
- Interesting Use of Multiple Characters
- Great Artwork
- Entertaining Gameplay/Puzzles
- Some Items Are Pretty Well Hidden So You'll Need To Search Carefully
- Some Puzzle Solutions Were Pretty Tough To Figure Out
- Fully Compatible With PS4 Pro's new Supersampling Feature