The Church in the Darkness

Fellow Traveller, Paranoid Productions

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
62
Top Critic Average
24%
Critics Recommend
Based on 29 critic reviews
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The Church in the Darkness

Rating Summary

Based on 29 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

62

Top Critic Average

24%

Critics Recommend

Based on 29 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Aug 2, 2019
Xbox OneAug 2, 2019
PCAug 2, 2019
Nintendo SwitchAug 2, 2019

Developer: Paranoid Productions

Publisher: Fellow Traveller

No one is forced to join a cult. It welcomes you. It understands you. It envelops you until the words become more than truth—they make you whole. In the late 1970s, the charismatic Isaac and Rebecca Walker lead the Collective Justice Mission. Labeled radicals and feeling persecuted by the US government, they relocate their followers to the one place they believe they can create a socialist utopia: the jungles of South America. There they build Freedom Town. But relatives left behind in the US become worried: what exactly is going on at this compound in the jungle? You play as Vic, an ex-law enforcement officer who has snuck into Freedom Town to check on their nephew, Alex. Whether you choose stealth or violence, you must infiltrate the commune, find out what’s going on within, and locate your nephew, before it’s too late. The dynamic story of The Church in the Darkness changes every time you play. It's up to you to explore Freedom Town, figure out the shifting personalities and motivations of the cult leaders, and decide what to do. FEATURES: What ending will you get? Will you get Alex out, whether he wants to go with you or not? Will you confront the cult leaders? Will you join the cult? Unlock every ending for each scenario by trying different play styles or making different choices. Multiple ways to play: Avoid detection completely, taking out guards and civilians non-lethally, or kill anyone who gets in your way. Interview characters from Freedom Town and search for clues. Documents and letters scattered around camp will hint at the true nature of the commune. Fully voiced game, starring Ellen McLain (best known as GLaDOS in Portal) and John Patrick Lowrie (the Sniper from Team Fortress 2) as the cult leaders, Rebecca and Isaac Walker. How dangerous are the Walkers? How far will you go to uncover the truth and save Alex? Could it all have turned out differently?
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Procedural generation does little to bolster the one-dimensional gameplay and lack of a compelling narrative

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There are some intriguing ideas at play here. Decent stealth mechanics and a captivating cultist backdrop will reel you in though there just isn't enough substance to make The Church in the Darkness a lasting, worthwhile experience.

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The Church in the Darkness has created a story that makes you question the cult's motives with every playthrough. No game is the same, but even though their are some neat ideas, the technical issues can really hamper your enjoyment.

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The Church in the Darkness has some good ideas, but they're not properly realised. Gameplay never ventures out of its basic boundaries, while the narrative doesn't offer up enough variety or compelling subplots to engage with. The Church in the Darkness is competent for a couple of playthroughs, but it's an experience that you'll quickly forget about.

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