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Song of Horror is a genuinely atmospheric, creepy horror game, with the major selling point of an enemy that you're never actually sure about. The advanced AI system of the horrors you face, combined with sound, visuals and other game mechanics make for one of the more engrossing and captivating horror titles of recent memory. There are some faults, such as backtracking and a bit of adventure game logic when trying to solve puzzles, but these do nothing to stymie everything Protocol Games are bringing to the table.
Song of Horror has been an extremely long wait for me. So much that I almost didn’t know if it would finally release. It’s with great pleasure to say that the developers absolutely nailed what they were attempting to do here. Creating a classic feeling survival horror game with some unique elements and permadeath. It’s tense, it’s creepy, and while it might be a bit slow for some, if players can allow themselves to get absorbed into the experience, they are in for a treat. I was reminded of Alone in the Dark and Eternal Darkness during my play through, and I couldn’t be happier. The first two episodes are live now with the third going up in December, fourth in January, and the fifth and final in March. If the first episode is any indication of the rest of the games quality, consider me signed up and ready for any forthcoming console ports. Song of Horror left me terrified in the best ways possible.
Song of Horror is a great adventure with a thickening nightmare atmosphere that suffers from controversial punishment system. Interesting puzzles, nice graphics and the concept of gameplay with the death of characters should please all fans of the genre.
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While we've only seen one episode, Song Of Horror has all the components of a strong horror adventure game rivalling those that many of us grew up with. Its puzzles won't wear you down with frustration and the horror environments are sure to deliver a scare.
The perfect start to an episodic survival horror: it presents a terrifying story and its slow dynamics accompanied by an overwhelming and mysterious atmosphere.
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Eerily Quiet is another fantastic horror experience with solid atmosphere and fun puzzles, facing the same creature is becoming a bit repetitive to be honest though, and there are some technical issues. still, this is highly recommended for fans of the genre.
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Song of Horror's scariest aspect is its permadeath feature - not because it's spooky, but because slogging through levels is an absolute chore. Worse yet, Song of Horror punishes the player for exploring its admittedly beautiful environment. Neat technical features and meticulously crafted lore do somewhat make up for its faults. But ultimately, none but the most hardcore horror fans will give this game the time of day (or night).
In terms of moment to moment gameplay, Song of Horror can feel a little bland. The puzzles are inconsistent, it lacks scares, and the narrative is forgettable. However, the game’s willingness to go all-in on its interesting permadeath mechanic makes it a unique horror experience that manages to disguise its flaws with ambition. It may be largely centred around a gimmick, but with each episode feeling relatively brief, its one that doesn’t wear out its welcome.
In episodic video games, which are becoming more and more popular, the first episode is essential and is the biggest chance for the developers to convince players to continue playing their future episodes. Unfortunately for Song of Horror, this first and very important step goes horribly wrong as it suffers from tons of issues in almost every department. Right now, there is absolutely no reason for anyone who played it to go on and purchase the second episode, unless the developers really up their game.
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