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  • One recent title has presented a horror experience that is unique and well worth the attention of classic survival horror fans
  • The sound of the game makes this title all the more interesting
  • The whistle theme of “Life is Beautiful” stands as both the weirdest track and the best track of the game
  • If you've been disappointed by recent action horror games, then give this title a try


    • by Mackenzie Lambert

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      With the current trend of survival horror changed into action horror, fans of horror games have adopted various titles to satiate their needs. Amnesia and Slender are two recent examples of horror titles that have garnered acclaim and success for the efforts of their developers. One recent title has presented a horror experience that is unique and well worth the attention of classic survival horror fans.

      You play as profiler Special Agent Francis York Morgan of the FBI, but just call him York. That’s what everyone calls him. He has a split personality he refers to as Zach. He’s been assigned to investigate a murder in the rural town of Greenvale. A woman was found brutally slaughtered and now York must find out who


      killed her. The locals believed she was another victim of the Raincoat Killer.

      Along the way, the game has you engage in side missions for the local citizens. The Sheriff is missing his dumbbells. There is a hostile character at a local bar that needs to be removed by Agent York. There’s a lot of side missions and very diverse.

      Frequently, you’ll be at a location and an unknown evil takes over. Zombie-like creatures appear out of the walls and floors, coming after you. Using weapons at your disposal, you take them out and make your way through the nightmarish scenario until it ends.

      While it is a survival horror game, it is also an open world detective game. You can question people, visit shops, and engage in checkpoint races in between plot points of the main story. Further emphasizing survival, you’ll need to keep track of your hunger and sleep meter in addition to your heart rate and health.

      The controls while on foot handle the same as the recent Resident Evil games or the Dead Space series. Aiming with guns is easy enough and accurate. Using melee weapons are also simple to handle. Rarely did I miss an enemy when striking with a crowbar or a steel pipe. Navigating the menus was also without confusion. The controls respond well to the quick-time event heavy sequences with the Raincoat Killer, which are some of the scariest moments in video gaming.

      The controls for the driving don’t fare as well. The ...


      • Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut (2013, PS3)
      handling of the vehicles are either too loose or too sluggish. Adding minor details like turn signals and wipers are an amusing touch, yet they ultimately add nothing. This inconsistency in the driving makes the checkpoint races all the more unappealing to try out.

      The graphics have a dated look to them. The character models and driving recalls the PS2 game, The Getaway. Even the animation quality is similar to the Cockney crime game. This will either turn off gamers accustomed to cutting edge graphics or turn on gamers who can look past appearances.

      The sound of the game makes this title all the more interesting. The voice acting by Jeff Kramer, Rebecca Wink, Doug Boyd, Casey Robertson, and Roger Jackson add some camp to the

      game. The voice acting of the zombies makes for genuinely scary sequences. The music by Takuya Kobayashi ranges in styles from 70’s cop TV theme to eerie Phillip Glass. The whistle theme of “Life is Beautiful” stands as both the weirdest track and the best track of the game.

      If you’re a fan of the cult series Twin Peaks, this is your video game. The quirk and weirdness of the classic TV show translate well to the video game format. Despite the issues with the driving controls, everything else about the game works better than expected. If you’ve been disappointed by recent action horror games, then give this title a try. It will make you jump or laugh or leave you scratching your head.




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