Here's a playthrough of the first hour of the game (NSFW):
Based on that it seems to not have a lot of 'game' to it. It's more walking simulator with some very light puzzles (of the "pick up box, open box, take key out of box, use key to open door" kind).
The 'horror' mostly seems to come from walking around in relatively dark environments with a limited field of view as well as effects when looking at certain things (heartbeat sounds, nervous breathing sounds, sudden sounds playing, making the screen wobbly, etc) to make things seem more scary. Wouldn't say that it's "psychological" horror, but then I guess it needs to differentiate itself somehow from the more blood-and-guts horror. Oh, and the first hour had one (relatively mild) jump scare.
The voice acting is quite bad, which kind of ruins things a bit. Though at least they did improve the main character's voice from another (much older) gameplay video I've seen. For the rest the graphics and sound seem quite decent.
Unfortunately I'm not seeing much of the sensuality that the first video I posted had (outside of them literally including that in the game). They're trying the Eyes Wide Shut things with a bunch of robed figures in masks gathering for a secret party, but it doesn't really work. They're just standing around to start with, and then when you get back later they've apparently discarded their robes and are off having sex further in the mansion.
It doesn't help that the main character seems to have a deep aversion to sex since the camera/sound go into mild 'this is scary, panic!' mode whenever looking at anything vaguely sexual (where instead I was "hey, that looks like fun, can I join?"). There are other bits of oddness as well, such as when the main character first enters the supposed lust dimension he says "everything is cold", which is the exact opposite of what I'd expect a lust dimension to be (clammy and almost oppressively warm).
That said, I am curious as to where the story goes, so might pick it up when it's on a bit steeper discount. Reviews mention that you can finish the game in about two hours (so that video I just posted is about half the game?), so it might make for an entertaining evening.
Lust for Darkness is out on Steam with a discount - under £10 for now.
Oh yes, definitely. No idea what the gameplay is like.
As for Conan Exiles. I do still intend to play it. Just what little spare time I have is going to Second Life and Pillars of Eternity: Deadfire at the moment.
I do fear that I'm massively behind now though.
I know these forums aren't very active any more, but I still wanted to share this.
I don't like horror. I don't like playing male protagonists. I don't like linear narrative games. But despite the following game seeming to have all of that (from what little I know so far), it seem very appealing to me (NSFW):
There are a lot of games that claim to be sexy. And generally... they're really not. But this, this has a sort of twisted sensuality to it that really appeals to me.
The steam page has the following description:
Jonathan Moon receives a letter from his wife who has gone missing a year before. Following information from the message he heads for a secluded mansion where an eldritch, occult ceremony takes place.
Gates to another world - the profane, perverse land of Lusst’ghaa are opened.
Move in both a victorian mansion and Lusst’ghaa - an alien dimension filled with otherworldly creatures. Lusst’ghaa used to be similar to our earth until the local beings decided to undergo total degeneration at their own wish. Through experiments they transformed their bodies so that they could never cease to experience carnal delights. Hundreds of years have passed since that metamorphosis and Lusst’ghaa is now a land overgrown with alien vegetation and full of monstrosities squirming in a never ending ecstasy.
- Using portals to traverse between two alternative realities
- Exploring a victorian mansion and the world of Lusst’ghaa
- Searching for hidden items to unlock side stories find out more about the game’s backstory
- Escaping the creatures of Lusst’ghaa
- World design inspired with paintings of Zdzisław Beksiński
- BDSM and occult themes
- Original soundtrack by a known composer (Draco Nared)
Yes, that name for the alien dimension is just dreadful.
And again I have no idea what the gameplay is like, what the game actually looks like (cinematic trailers don't say that much) or much of anything beyond the above really. The game could very well be utter shite. ANd yet, with that trailer, did they ever hook me. Can't wait to find out more.
As seen on PC Gamer.