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Supermassive Games has released such good games lately, such as The Quarry, Until Dawn and The Dark Pictures Anthology games; Man Of Medan, Little Hope and House Of Ashes. Now they entertain us all with new installment The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil In Me. I can say I’m fan of the anthology and I have enjoyed them all thus far. So, can The Devil In Me season finale have a good ending to the horror saga?
The horror show
The Devil In Me tells a story of a group of documentary film makers who receives a mysterious call inviting them to a modern-day replica of serial killer H.H. Holmes’ hotel. It is an opportunity that is too good to pass up and could be just the thing they are looking for to win some much-needed public interest. For those who doesn’t know H.H. Holmes was America’s first serial killer who have being said to kill at least 200 hundred people. He built a hotel in Chicago in the 1890’s which was full of traps and weirdly built hallways that disoriented all the unlucky guests. Some doors ended up in a dead-end brick wall and some floor even had death traps. So, The Devil In Me continues this tradition and the group of five end up in the replica of the hotel where they are hunted down one by one.
The gameplay is very much like the other The Dark Pictures Anthology games. You have to try to keep your group alive no matter what and all your decisions have consequenses and buttefly-effect. The gameplay and controls are rather simple, but this time around the characters have items they can use. There’s also coins that can be found and they can be used to buy helping hints. To mention, The Devil In Me can be played with friends, I didn’t try this as I didn’t have anyone to play with.
What comes to the story, shortly, I liked it. It starts slowly and builts up tension little by little. It was always unsure what gonna happen and how your choices gonna affect the story, and even they way the characters communicated with each other.
Graphically the game looks very nice. It has very realistic look and nicely polished facial animations. With that said, the game had some graphical glitches and bugs. Sometimes a character might disappear completely and reappear in the next section. Or the visual prompts didn’t appear at all making me not know that I could interact with some things. It also had lots of pop-ups and some other minor graphical issues, but none of them stopped me from playing the game so they were only cosmetical.
I played this with my headphones on and I think it is the way to play The Devil In Me. It made all the jumpscares that more intense and all the action sequenses more extreme.
What comes to the puzzles, well there weren’t that many puzzles in the game, but those that was there, was rather easy to solve. It was a little bit a letdown, but the game is mostly making choices, searching places and doing QTEs.
The last choice
I did enjoy my time with The Devil In Me. It was about 6-7 hours long, just enough to be played again and collect all the collectables I missed. I liked the characters and how realistic they not just looked, but sounded and acted. The game has very high re-play value, so this game can be played over and over again. As hard as I tried I couldn’t keep but two characters alive until the end, but it was better than nothing.
I highly recommend this season finale! The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil In Me is available on PS5 (reviewed), PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.
(Review copy kindly provided by the publisher)
“Graphically the game looks very nice. It has very realistic look and nicely polished facial animations.”