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The Inner Friend

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Available on:PlayStation 42018
Xbox One2018
PCSep 6, 2018
Xbox Series X/SNov 10, 2020
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: PLAYMIND

Genre: Adventure

Dive in and remember... Led by a mysterious Shadow, face fears and nightmares inhabiting its materialized subconscious universe. Dive into a unique and eerie world to relive the Shadow’s childhood memories and overcome them to restore what was once a safe haven. You’ll journey ever deeper through the subconscious to unravel a rich but wordless story and encounter gruesome beings that you must evade. Ultimately, however, you will have to face them. The Inner Friend features a rich visual environment, supported by an immersive soundscape and a cinematic soundtrack enhancing immersion and emotional moments. Movement, imagery, and music are the main ways for the player to interact with the Shadow, their guide throughout the descent. Dark and scary, mysterious at times, the world of The Inner Friend is a surrealist representation of memories and fears. Features IMMERSIVE STORYTELLING : Immerse yourself in a visually-driven narrative with a minimalist interface. AN EERIE ADVENTURE : Journey through a surreal world inspired by childhood nightmares and psychology. DIVERSE GAMEPLAY MECHANICS : Overcome obstacles, solve puzzles and defeat nightmarish foes. RECONNECT WITH YOUR INNER CHILD : Earn the Shadow’s trust to unlock new challenges and pieces of the story. COLLECT ALL ARTIFACTS : Rebuild the Shadow’s safe haven to save him from his darkest fears.

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The Inner Friend isn't a bad game, but it never really rises above mediocrity. As a result, it's difficult to recommend unless the narrative premise attracts you. There are some moments of greatness amidst an interesting take on trauma and the idea of replaying unresolved memories from one's past, but the overall feel is distinctly average.

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The Inner Friend is a decent horror and while it is incredibly short there is enough variety to keep it interesting. It does have a couple of issues but it is saved by its interesting look at childhood fears. It's a good way to spend an afternoon.

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In short, The Inner Friend is enjoyable, if not much too short title that is open to interpretation in its story. This game is worth a play if you can scrounge up the cash. The experience alone is worth picking it up. And yet, PLAYMIND could have explored so much with this idea.

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As you move through the various levels, different ages of the main character are explored but in the two or three hours of game time, you are left with far too many questions.

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