The Church in the Darkness

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Percentile Rank

The Church in the Darkness is ranked in the 21st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 23 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

62

Top Critic Average

26%

Critics Recommend

Based on 23 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Player2.net.au
D
D
Aug 4, 2019

The numerous issues with The Church in the Darkness aren’t gamebreaking, but given how plentiful the problems are, you’ll struggle to extract any fun from the experience.

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Scored Reviews

GameSkinny
Aug 2, 2019

The Church in the Darkness is an ambitious game and delivers on its premise almost all the way. It's worth sipping this Kool-Aid.

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GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2019

The Church in the Darkness send you creeping into the heart of the South American jungle to uncover the mysteries of a cult, the lure of their message, and the status of your nephew. Will they welcome you with the love of Jesus or is God the only one in this camp who will have mercy on your wretched soul?

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2019

Discovering the secrets of the Freedom Town cult, who has power and influence where, as well as the inner workings of the leadership are the best parts of The Church In The Darkness. That combines with excellent stealth gameplay, a dynamic and engaging scenario-based narrative, and some excellent characters with great voice acting to create a memorable and unique experience. An experience that is only held back by a few technical issues and some missing quality of life features.

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Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

"The Church in the Darkness" takes the unsettling approach of realism. It's convincing as a story of a 1970s cult, and Freedom Town is a chilling look inside an isolated cult in the middle of the jungles of South America.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2019

The Church in the Darkness is a thought-provoking experience that should absolutely be on everybody’s to-play list

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Culture of Gaming
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2019

You won’t find many games like this. The mirroring of reality and history, the pensive and sober presentation (unlike the over-the-top Far Cry 5) puts you in a different headspace as a gamer if you’re earnest about the experience from the moment you step into the jungle. If you want to experience something that is distinctive, a far cry from what you might be used to, The Church in the Darkness will give your conscience a workout. The weighty subject matter is not for everyone, however.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2019

That said, The Church in the Darkness is a smart stealth game that impressively warps to reflect your actions. It lets you get in and break out as you see fit. While failure still feels like failure, success is sweet and varied. Once it gets a hold of you, you may not want to break out, at all.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Aug 8, 2019

In sum, The Church in the Darkness is a highly replayable game with shifting gameplay goals for each playthrough.

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Top Critic

Aug 13, 2019

The Church in the Darkness has much more value as an idea and as a story creation tool than it has as a game. For people like myself, it’s interesting how the information the game sets as constant from the beginning, but does not reveal to the player, can influence the way a narrative organically develops, and guides the player to adopt different play styles to suit.

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Impulsegamer
3.4 / 5.0
3.4 / 5.0
Aug 14, 2019

A challenging, randomised religious infiltrator game.

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God is a Geek
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2019

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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Gamefa
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2019

The Church in the Darkness tries to be different and it is, but it's not always "good different". Gameplay is boring and dull, but the whole atmosphere and story are acceptable and fun at times. Each time that you start the campaign, some things are different, which makes increases replay value. Overall It's not a memorable experience but it's a different one that you can try for its nice atmosohere and story-telling.

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PC Invasion
Aug 6, 2019

While I can't call The Church in the Darkness bad, it's a disappointingly limited experience. Once the excellent setting and the randomization wear off you're left with a clunky top-down stealth game.

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AbsoluteXbox
2.6 / 5.0
2.6 / 5.0
Aug 17, 2019

The Church in the Darkness is built on the mechanic of making numerous runs through the story with the aim of encountering all the different end games, but it just doesn’t hold your attention long enough to make it worthwhile sticking with it.

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DualShockers
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2019

The Church in the Darkness tells an engrossing and chilling tale, but it's technical problems will suck you right out of the experience.

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Game Informer
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2019

Procedural generation does little to bolster the one-dimensional gameplay and lack of a compelling narrative

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Aug 2, 2019

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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Screen Rant
Aug 5, 2019

The Church in the Darkness seems to have an interesting concept, but the reality is that infiltrating a 1970s cult isn't as much fun as it might seem.

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3DNews
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2019

An interesting idea but mediocre execution. When your game is supposed to be replayed almost 20 times, samey gameplay becomes a major issue.

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TechRaptor
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2019

The Church in the Darkness is full of bold narrative topics, but the gameplay and presentation fail to match, making it quite difficult to experience the message.

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FingerGuns
4 / 10
4 / 10
Aug 2, 2019

Aside from the vastly eclectic endings, the gameplay just isn’t enough to sustain it through several attempts to find them all. The gameplay never deviates from avoiding vision cones and knocking some people out if necessary. And as the game is encouraging you to experience it over and over again, it really needed a compelling reason to work your way to another ending. The premise and the endings are the clear standouts. It’s the bit in-between that makes it feel like The Church in The Darkness is a squandered opportunity.

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TheSixthAxis
3 / 10
3 / 10
Aug 2, 2019

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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