The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

Rating Summary

Based on 106 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

53%

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Recommended
Oct 21, 2021

Knife-edge thrills delivered by a compelling cast for a truly impressive horror.

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80 / 100
Oct 21, 2021

Great monsters, stunning locations and a quality mystery makes this one of Supermassive's best.

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IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2021

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes is Supermassive's best horror game since Until Dawn made it famous.

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Oct 21, 2021

A lackluster military versus monsters soap opera that just about redeems itself with an extravagant final third and unmatched co-op mechanics.

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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Oct 21, 2021

Easily the best of the Dark Pictures Anthology series, which finally manages to serve up some interesting characters and effective horror scenes, with an appealingly gothic atmosphere.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2021

House of Ashes doesn't always land but it can be an exciting "check your brain at the door" thriller. Its largely toothless scares will disappoint horror fanatics while inviting a broader audience

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Unscored
Oct 27, 2021

House of Ashes doesn’t make any great leaps in gameplay or structure, but in terms of narrative, it relentlessly swings for the fences. There are times when the writing doesn’t quite land, but the awkward moments rarely stick around for long thanks to the game’s expert pacing. It’s a fantastic horror social experience, just in time for Halloween, and it’s enough to get me back into the deep lore and hidden secrets of the Dark Pictures Anthology.

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8 / 10
Oct 22, 2021

House of Ashes offers cinematic horror and surprising character moments amidst the conflict of the Iraq War.

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6 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2021

As much as I feel like this series is stuck in the shadow of Until Dawn for a large part of the audience, collectively, The Dark Pictures Anthology is becoming something memorable in its own right. I’ll keep enjoying these games as long as I can, House of Ashes included.

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7.8 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2021

‎House of Ashes is not for everyone, but it is still recommended as a purely narrative experience. It has some shortcomings but also has the ability to hook you to the story from the first moment. Logically, the gameplay is practically nil and, in the end, it is a movie made video game. But a very entertaining film‎.

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80 / 100
Oct 21, 2021

It's the less terrifying game in the series, but it keeps you on your toes constantly. Its focus on camarederie and cooperating to survive works really well. Anyway, if you didn't like the previous entries, this one won't probably appeal you either.

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8 / 10
Oct 21, 2021

House of Ashes adds little to the Dark Pictures formula, and doesn't seem to progress anthology's overarching plot. That said, it's still a great adventure with some jaw dropping visuals and action-packed set pieces. A solid addition to the franchise.

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8 / 10
Oct 21, 2021

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes is another fun horror romp from Supermassive games. The game improves upon its predecessors by finally removing the fixed camera, and I found several of its characters to be endearing and worth caring for. Though it still falls into some of the same issues as past games in the franchise, The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes is worth playing if you’re a fan of the interactive horror/drama genre.

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VG247

Top Critic

Oct 22, 2021

There's a lot to like in House of Ashes. It can look great (but also a bit ropey at points), the acting is largely excellent, and your actions (or lack of) can really impact the story. Yet, the game element is lacking, which in turn makes the gameplay sequences where you're in proper control end up lacking in scares. This is a fun time, especially if played in a group or online with a friend, but I was more afraid of button prompts than the monsters.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2021

House of Ashes can be, at times, a rewarding experience; however, the developers, in order to achieve a remarkable result in graphics, have neglected too much the pace and the interaction with the player.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2021

The formula works and is fun, even if it begs for a little more interaction. One of the best installments of the anthology so far.

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5.8 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2021

The new installment in the series got its horror stripped down to a level that probably won’t make you hesitate to play it alone at night, it will get you through a story that escalated fast to uncover a big lore that was weirdly shortened to end the story. Even though it was fun sometimes, House of Ashes is a broken mirror of what it could have been.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2021

A tense, action-packed tale that feels completely different from what you've come to expect from The Dark Pictures Anthology so far.

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4 / 10
Oct 21, 2021

If only House of Ashes were possessed with something malevolent enough to actually scare us; sadly, it commits a litany of sins, none of them original.

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Oct 21, 2021

Overall, I consider it another fine addition in the series that I’ve enjoyed ever since Until Dawn. Some of it is getting old in terms of being too familiar, but the writing and the storytelling is always superb — for horror game purposes.

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