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Saturnalia

Santa Ragione
Oct 27, 2022 - Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PC
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

70%

Critics Recommend

Eurogamer
Recommended
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Shacknews
8 / 10
IGN Italy
7 / 10
God is a Geek
8 / 10
Game Rant
4.5 / 5
PlayStation Universe
8 / 10
Push Square
7 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Saturnalia

A pretty Sardinian village merges with all kinds of hellish influence in this nightmarish, claustrophic horror from arthouse developer Santa Ragione.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

One of the most visually interesting video games of the year but also a survival horror that's not quite scary enough to reach its full potential.

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Meanwhile, each of the game’s characters come with an interesting, yet heavy backstory attached that’ll pique your curiosity and inspire you to dig deeper. At times, the narrative can get lost in the chaos of trying not to get all four characters killed, but when it’s present, such as in items and clues, it’s gripping and will haunt you long after you’ve beaten the game.

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A game that conveys in a very fascinating way the principles of magical thinking, folk horror and hauntology connected to the Italian rural tradition thanks to an awesome artistic work. Gameplaywise, though, Saturnalia struggles to offer solid survival horror mechanics and the roguelite elements are quite shallow, while the core of the narrative adventure is nonetheless gripping and interesting.

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Saturnalia is a smart survival horror title that offers plenty of freedom despite its claustrophobic and anxiety-inducing encounters.

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Saturnalia mixes mechanics to effectively elevate the entire survival horror genre.

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Saturnalia is a striking homage to Giallo films and makes effective use of Italian folklore to power its horror. It's often better in the ideas than it is in practice, but those are some damn good ideas.

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Ultimately, Saturnalia is one unique horror experience where the developer's own use of limited resources combine to create something compelling and unique.

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