The Satan in Me is the newest installment within the ongoing Darkish Footage Anthology, a sequence of extra digestible horror experiences from developer Supermassive Video games. Like Till Daybreak, the sport which created the blueprint the Darkish Footage sequence would comply with, The Satan in Me follows a core group of characters thrust right into a nightmarish scenario, with the participant making the selections that may have an effect on whether or not they stay or die in suitably gory vogue. Twinfinite was fortunate sufficient to be invited to a digital preview of the sport, and we have been impressed with what small a part of the sport we bought to see.
Earlier entries equivalent to Man of Medan, Little Hope, and Home of Ashes have served as smaller vignettes between the meatier, full-priced servings equivalent to Till Daybreak and The Quarry. The Satan in Me seems to bridge a center floor, breaking from the dogmatic method of people who got here earlier than. Options like elevated manufacturing values, extra gameplay mechanics, and a runtime presupposed to be nearer to the latter than the previous all assist on this endeavor, with Supermassive’s newest outing feeling like a mid-gen improve for The Darkish Footage Anthology. That’s encouraging as a result of there are apparently nonetheless one other six video games to come back, and the enhancements we noticed right here will go an extended approach to maintaining the tried and examined gameplay loop stay considerably recent within the years to come back.
The preview we performed dropped us into the sport part-ways in, presumably after a correct introductory sequence the place the participant would have realized a little bit extra in regards to the core forged at the beginning goes solely to hell in a handbasket. The Satan in Me follows a crew of documentary filmmakers who’ve been invited to tour a modern-day duplicate of the notorious H.H. Holmes “homicide fort.” In case you are unfamiliar, Holmes is well known as America’s first true serial killer, confessing to the homicide of 27 individuals earlier than being executed. The proprietor of a lodge in Chicago within the late 1800s, Holmes outfitted the institution with faux partitions, hidden passageways, and even a secret basement furnace for disposing of undesirable proof.
This makes for the proper atmosphere to discover in a Darkish Footage sport, with loads of nooks and crannies to develop into misplaced in. In fact, our filmmakers discover themselves left alone within the duplicate lodge, stripped of their telephones by their mysterious benefactors, and trapped inside with an unknown assailant, apparently decided to provide all of them the genuine Holmes expertise.
Exploration has obtained a serious overhaul in The Satan in Me, and whereas its sounds a little bit foolish, the addition of primary gameplay actions like having the ability to mantle, climb ladders and push or pull objects has been added. Whereas a staple in most journey video games since The Legend of Zelda: A Hyperlink to the Previous, their addition right here has a transformative impact on how the participant interacts with the atmosphere. Consider what a distinction including the power to leap in Elden Ring made or the power to crawl in The Final of Us: Half 2.
Every character has a novel merchandise this time round, and the implications of this method sound fascinating certainly, and one thing that was alluded to in our preliminary preview of the sport. For instance, the staff’s assistant, Erin, has a directional microphone that can be utilized to listen to via partitions. The usefulness of such an merchandise is obvious when murderers might probably be hiding round each nook, however every merchandise apparently has the potential to be misplaced, altered, or modified, and even acquired by different characters over the course of the sport.
There was even a Resident Evil-esque puzzle to be solved, and we have now to think about that extra may be discovered all through the sport correct. The puzzle in query concerned activating a sequence of energy breakers within the appropriate sequence, the answer to which could possibly be discovered within the atmosphere. In fact, nothing that hasn’t been seen in different video video games, however a welcome break from looking out the atmosphere for clues or premonitions and one other signal that The Satan in Me is shaping as much as be one thing extra than simply one other entry.
Together with mechanics, graphically, this journey additionally looks like a step up, with characters’ facial expressions feeling extra dynamic and expressive. Once more, it’s tough to get too hooked up in such a brief play session (our gameplay preview lasted round an hour), however we will see the potential forming between characters, and we already recognized not less than two that we might see ourselves attempting barely much less laborious to save lots of from a grisly destiny.
It stays to be seen how the remainder of the sport pans out, however from our temporary time with The Satan in Me, we got here away from the expertise feeling impressed and excited to see extra. There may be a lot extra we might get into, just like the unimaginable conditions and disgusting, Noticed-inspired choices gamers will probably be pressured to make, however we wouldn’t need to spoil even a second. We stay up for diving into the completed product and hope The Darkish Footage Anthology maintains this upward trajectory.