I Saw Black Clouds

Ghost Dog Films, Wales Interactive

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
53
Top Critic Average
8%
Critics Recommend
Based on 12 critic reviews
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I Saw Black Clouds

Rating Summary

Based on 12 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

53

Top Critic Average

8%

Critics Recommend

Based on 12 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 5Mar 30, 2021
Xbox Series X/SMar 30, 2021
Nintendo SwitchMar 30, 2021
PlayStation 4Mar 30, 2021
Xbox OneMar 30, 2021
PCMar 30, 2021

Developer: Ghost Dog Films

Publisher: Wales Interactive

Genres: Adventure, Interactive Story

After the unexpected death of a close friend, Kristina returns to her hometown looking for answers, only to unearth a string of dark secrets. The truth turns out to be far more harrowing than she could have imagined… I Saw Black Clouds is an interactive psychological thriller with supernatural elements and branching storylines. How you connect with the characters and the moral choices you make along the way will affect what you discover, the journey you take, and the resolution you find at the end. For every decision you make, every interaction, your character’s decisions, personality and relationships are being tracked. You are rewarded with a breakdown to evaluate how you are playing the game. Discover five dimensions of your own personality; honesty, strength, morality, tact and introspection — whilst controlling how the character faces their challenges; denial, acceptance, or guilt. How will you play? FEATURES - A completely live-action, cinematic interactive psychological thriller, filmed in the UK. - A branching narrative that drastically changes the story depending on the path you take. - Real-time Relationship Status Tracking that influences the story as you play. - Real-time Personality Trait Tracking that evolves based on your choices. - Unlockable features include Skip Scene and Personality Assessment. - Featuring a Streamer Mode that pauses the choices for audience participation during live streams.

I Saw Black Clouds Critic Reviews

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Though technically something of a wreck, I still enjoyed I Saw Black Clouds' narrative audacity. The choices the game makes aren't necessarily good, but they are often bold. Even through the rough editing and sound issues, the game still delivers some surprises and suspense. Holler at the screen and throw popcorn with your buddies, and you just might enjoy this one.

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Ultimately, how much you enjoy I Saw Black Clouds is going to hinge on your appreciation level for schlocky horror and low-budget psychological thrillers. It's an amusing enough diversion, but the story may leave you unsatisfied depending on your route through the game, and there's nothing here that you haven't already seen in a dozen straight to DVD clangers starring Stephen Baldwin or Tara Reid.

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I Saw Black Clouds has some bold ideas, but the execution on a structural and technical level is a total failure. Even if the writing, acting, and scene editing were immaculate - which they are not - it would not forgive how all of the decisions the player makes carry no weight. Decisions only have consequences in vague, indirect, unpredictable ways, and it's extremely unsatisfying to have so little control over a story that isn't overly engaging in the first place. The best decision you can make is to just not play I Saw Black Clouds.

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I Saw Black Clouds has very little to redeem it. The characters are unrealistic and the plot twists and turns in an incoherent manner that introduces continuity issues. Player choices occasionally make a difference but are often ignored and sometimes even dubbed incorrect. Endings are mixed up and player relationships are pointless, plus the game can be buggy too. The irony is that Shropshire has its fair share of ghost stories and it even claims to be the most haunted county in the UK. Maybe the game would have been better telling one of those stories instead.

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