The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me Reviews
The Devil in Me is another competent and enjoyable enough entry in The Dark Pictures Anthology, but it fails to reach the heights of House of Ashes or even Little Hope. With a lot of potential squandered, it's left to the familiar gameplay loop of past instalments to deliver a robust title. With some new features, the season one finale offers just enough to make the deadly trip worthwhile for fans.
Supermassive Games rounds off its first season of The Dark Pictures Anthology with its strongest entry yet in the shape of The Devil In Me. It's a bit undercooked on the technical side, and it takes a while to get moving properly, but when you get to the meat of the game, it's up there with Supermassive's most confident work.
While we felt like we had less agency and influence as a player than in earlier chapters of The Dark Pictures Anthology, The Devil in Me is still a worthy addition to the Curator's library – and our own. While we appreciate the experimental nature of the chapter, the direction of creative travel did worry us at times. However, there's no denying that Supermassive is still the best at what they do, and we look forward to season 2 of The Dark Pictures Anthology, and beyond.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me, the fourth installment of the series and the conclusion of the first season, uses a serial killer to tell a story in which death has value.
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The Devil in Me is certainly the best game of The Dark Pictures Anthology thanks to its antagonist, to this hotel full of traps and a scarier experience than before. At the same time, this episode has the same flaws than its predecessors.
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I would praise the concept of a copycat killer, especially in an era where many seem to revere such figures, but would not do the same for the gameplay changes that have caused this title to deviate from the anthology. The story, as is always the case with the anthology’s entries, is definitely unqiue and I would be lying if I said that I did not enjoy my experience with it.
These issues are not unique to “The Devil in Me.” “The Quarry” often felt uneasily patched together, struggling to reconcile all of its plot threads. All of this raises a question that haunts the experience of Supermassive’s games: Amid players’ expectations of visual fidelity and complex narrative, how sustainable is a format where, at any point, any fully voice-acted, motion-captured character can die and be cut from the game in an instant?
The Devil in Me is the best part of the series, but its technical problems always tear us out of the otherwise good horror.
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Horror games, at their very core, are all about the fear factor. Developer Supermassive Games did a fantastic job of sustaining the unpleasantness in certain sequences, but couldn’t maintain it for the entire length of the game. I come away from The Devil in Me with a new-found fear of seeing button prompts pop up at every available opportunity.
More long-lived, rich and experimental than the other episodes, The Devil in Me concludes the first season in a somewhat discontinuous way.
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'The Dark Pictures Anthology' season one ends on a high with 'The Devil in Me', Supermassive Games' scariest entry in the franchise yet. There are a couple of flaws, but given how much this franchise has improved since 2019's 'Man of Medan' we're more than ready to forgive them, and can't wait to see what Supermassive serves up in season two.
You may still get some enjoyment out of The Devil in Me if you've liked the other Dark Pictures games, but it's probably the weakest entry to date.
The Devil in Me is definitely the best installment in The Dark Pictures Anthology. But Until Dawn still remains the almost perfect representation of the genre.
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The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me uses a piece of real history to deliver a B-movie-level horror show experience. The H.H. Holmes backdrop makes for a devilishly uncomfortable story experience, while the gameplay design falls in line with the DPA game series. The game does have some technical hiccups here and there, but it should satisfy those who enjoy the previous iterations of the series.
The Devil in Me is the most assured entry yet in The Dark Pictures Anthology, even if it doesn't produce quite enough scares during its seven hour runtime.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me is the best game in the series yet. Featuring a solid cast and dynamics to boot, I was well engaged in wanting to ensure everyone made it out of the horrific Murder Castle alive and was genuinely devastated when some didn't. More opportunities are provided to explore and pick apart the environment than ever, often unearthing genuinely intriguing readables. Technical shortcomings once again rear their head a bit, showing stiff character animations from time to time and varied visual fidelity in some character models. Some of the equipment you'll use to poke about the hell you've found yourself in is inconsequential but when they work they really work. At the end of the day, these flaws are forgivable. With obstructive shifting walls and deadly traps waiting around every corner so that you're never really sure when you're safe or not, The Devil in Me is a very alluring setting for horror fans.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil In Me remains as enjoyable and engaging as previous games in the series, though it ultimately squanders its potential with a distinct lack of dread, tension, and surprises. While its more grounded approach is bound to be divisive amongst fans, it's still well worth your time and an enjoyable, if not inconsistently, put-together thriller.
The Devil in Me is a clear demonstration that Supermassive is learning from the grand experiment that is The Dark Pictures. It not only finishes Season 1 with a bang, but has me incredibly excited for what’s to come.
Overall, The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me is a decent installment that provides the most in terms of gameplay compared to other games in the series. While I found it much more engaging than the previous installment and with a better premise than most, it didn't do much else to distinguish itself from other installments narratively.
Compared with the previous episodes, The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me doesn't seem so special, old problems are still there. what's more, its selections and plot are bad, which may greatly affect players' experience. Therefore, I think it is the worst episode of the series so far, and it's not a good end to the first season.
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