Layers of Fear: Legacy Reviews

Layers of Fear: Legacy is ranked in the 79th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Feb 25, 2018

One of the best horror games ever made, this will scare you in incredibly clever ways and make you question everything you see.

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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 20, 2018

Layers of Fear: Legacy is a great video game, but this is not its best version. There are some issues with its framerate that are a burden for the player. However, this is one of the best horror choices that this console has.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2018

An awesome chance for the Switch users to enjoy one of the most intense horror games in the las few years. Deep, dark and charming, this edition contains the original game and also its DLC: Inheritance. Get ready to turn off the lights.

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70 / 100
Feb 26, 2018

While the environmental storytelling is solid, the writing and voice acting lack polish.

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Wccftech
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2018

Layers of Fear: Legacy is a scary reflection of humanity, but perhaps not as scary as your own reflection on the Nintendo Switch's screen.

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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2018

It would be easy to dismiss Layers of Fear as a funhouse, but the reality is that this game goes far deeper than a ride through a spooky house. As an examination of family, artistic obsession, alcoholism and regret, Layers of Fear hits on a deeper level while still delivering quality scares.

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9 / 10
Mar 13, 2018

This Nintendo Switch version of Layers of Fears offers new possibilities with the touch screen and the Joy-Cons and the DLC is of course included. It is also a little bit downgraded in terms of visuals, but the game is still the same : an outstanding narrative/horror adventure that you really shouldn't miss if you like the genre.

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6 / 10
May 2, 2018

Layers of Fear Legacy is a rather interesting horror-themed adventure that features some appealing puzzles and mostly, a visual environment that accurately portrays what the game wants to transmit. In the end, it doesn't fully immerse the player in its horror theme, which means it falls a few notches below the threshold it should reach, not to mention that it starts losing charm after some time.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2018

In some regards, Layers of Fears is special despite its sometimes clear faults. However it's somewhat clear lack of polish in its performance can, and most certainly does take away from the otherwise spooky immersion.

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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2018

No matter how you play it, Layers of Fear: Legacy provides an astounding psychological horror experience right up to the point when you click on your painting that one final time. The relatively low $20 asking price more than makes up for my issues with the conclusion, especially since it includes the better ending of the Inheritance DLC. The jump scares were effective even on my second playthrough two years later, and I had fun playing it with my daughter. Her warnings of, “No. Just…no,” may have been valid as we stood looking down the stairwell into the darkened cellar, but as we, the developers at Bloober Team, and our troubled painter know, making the right decision doesn't make for good horror.

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Scarlet Bell
Top Critic
7.8 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2018

Layers of Fear: Legacy puts forward a strong entry into the Switch's maturing horror genre. While short and limited in replay value, the quality of the experience it provides goes a long way in justifying its purchase.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

Enter the mind of an insane painter and his daughter in main game and gloomy DLC. Switch version is fearful and amusing.

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Renan Fontes
Top Critic
8 / 10
Feb 21, 2018

Despite some technical issues, Layers of Fear: Legacy manages to weave together an incredibly intimate, and tense, family drama that can scare just as effortlessly it can intrigue.

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8.6 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2018

Despite some minor performance issues and the occasional on-the-nose writing, Layers of Fear: Legacy is a fantastic horror experience for Switch owners. You get two great stories, both accessible right from the menu screen — I highly recommend you play the main story before Inheritance, though — that offer gripping tales and shocking scares. Better yet, both are playable in portable mode, ensuring that the courageous and unafraid can get their fill of terror before bed. It may not be P.T. in name, but for those seeking that same level of atmosphere and hallway-twisting tension, Legacy fits the bill.

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A-
Jun 27, 2018

The concept of losing one's sanity is perhaps one of the most relatable fears of all. Layers of Fear: Legacy captures that idea in a way not seen in gaming since the days of Eternal Darkness.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2018

Layers of Fear may at first glance fit into the often derided walking simulator subgenre, but its impressive design makes it a much deeper and more memorable experience than one would initially expect. It represents an effective Switch port and even goes out of its way to include a motion control option. In the Switch's growing library of horror titles, Layers of Fear has positioned itself as a powerful front runner.

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Mar 1, 2018

"Trip to madness is too predictable."

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2018

Layers of Fear: Legacy is a solid horror effort on the Switch. It combines psychological creepiness with jump scares and tells a disturbing story. There’s not much in the way of action, so if you’re not into the “walking simulator” types of games this one probably won’t be for you. For everyone else, dive headfirst into this mad world.

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75%
Feb 22, 2018

This is a horror game that uses what you can't see to build tension. It expertly builds an atmosphere through its wonderful use of sound and visuals with the paintings themselves being a real star of the show. While the gameplay leaves a little to be desired in that there could have been more for the player to do, by design, this is a walking simulator for you to experience a very good horror story which will keep you glued until the credits roll. If you are a horror fan and want something a little different then this is a worthwhile game experience to add to your collection but if your searching for more involving gameplay or scare easy then best to look elsewhere.

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8.4 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2018

Layers of Fear: Legacy isn't your typical horror game with weaponry or with the means of survival from enemies. Instead, it takes a more artistic direction, technically, and manages to feel compelling from start to finish. The gameplay itself isn't too deep, but the narrative and atmosphere are top notch. Simply put, this is a great experience for anyone looking for eerie undertones without the baggage of item management and the stress of time.

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