With nothing to review I decided I had to man up and finally play this after renting it from Boomerang games here in the UK about three weeks ago. I did start to play it when it showed up back then, but with reviews on the sidelines that needed doing, the last thing I could see was me getting enjoyment out of something that just wants to make me soil myself over and over again. I hate playing anything that just puts me on edge, it's just no fun for me. None the less, here I am currently about five hours in typing up this intro to this review so I have to force myself to finish the game before typing the rest up. Did I make it to the end? (Well you follow me on Twitter so you know the answer to this already.
Watching a few trailers and also the real life Baker experience in London around launch, I was excited in a weird way in finally getting to meet and know all about the main enemies in the game, well for a long portion of it at least. Not since the days of Vaas on Far Cry 3 had we seen bad guys being the main talking point of a big release pre-launch, so in doing so it sort of makes them the guys you're supposed to hate, but deep down you find yourself actually really liking them in a weird way. Sure this changes once the game begins and they treat you like a human punchbag. But with the game complete now, I can honestly say that trying to escape the house and getting to know all about the Baker family was easily the biggest highlight of the game for me.
Overall: I honestly had a good time testing myself and pushing myself to finish this game. For me both the Bakers and their house made the game the enjoyable experience it was, making it something I've never had the pleasure of experiencing in a game before. So many things come together that make it work well. Characters, setting, and just the way the game makes you feel claustrophobic at times as the camera gets close as you squeeze your character through tight spots, not knowing what to expect on the other side or around the corner. Sadly things dip off a little after the house portion, but it was still enjoyable enough to tell you all to give it a go.
The Bakers are great (even if they do want you dead).
The Baker house portion offered up one of my favourite experiences so far this year.
Scares soon begin to disappear the further you get and the weapons you get a hold of.
Did find myself having moments of not knowing where I needed to go to next to progress.
Needed more puzzles.