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Old Gods Rising

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Available on:PCMay 20, 2020

Developer: Bad Blood Studios

Genre: Adventure

Thomas Winston, Professor of Ancient History and recently fired host of the popular TV show “Finding Britain,” has been in hiding for weeks. Publicly embarrassed by the revelation that his latest book was largely based on fraudulent evidence, he decides to accept an invitation from maverick film director, Maz Kayfer, to act as a consultant on his new film: “Old Gods Rising.” Ashgate University, where the filming will take place, seems to be an ideal location, but when Tom arrives, things get very strange, very quickly.  Has he become the unwitting star of Kayfer’s latest film?  Or, has he stumbled into something far more sinister? Old Gods Rising is a first-person adventure mystery that puts you in the role of disgraced History Professor, Thomas Winston, as you explore Ashgate University and try to uncover the truth behind the strange events that seem to be unfolding. Examine architecture and artifacts to find clues about the university's ancient origins, and use your expertise to decipher long-forgotten languages and cryptic carvings. Solve the puzzles that block your progress and uncover hidden areas that could help you decide what is real and what is not. As you search for answers, use the phone numbers you have collected and navigate conversations to build a more complete picture of what is actually happening and why. Are the Old Gods rising? It's up to you to decide.

Old Gods Rising Critic Reviews

Old Gods Rising takes a great premise, but unfortunately does very little with it. The barren, but confusing campus leads to pointless wandering that does little to reward exploration and the narrative is delivered through generic exposition. The one successful aspect is the sense of uncertainty and unease that permeates the experience, yet this isn't enough to maintain interest. The Old Gods may have been better off staying put.

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It’s only a couple of hours long, but Old Gods Rising stewed me in my own juices so thoroughly that I woke up, confused, at about 2am, looked at my aforementioned boyfriend as he slept, and thought “he was definitely in on it with Maz… he looks too smug”. That’s got to be a well crafted story, hasn’t it? As long as you don’t mind not having all the answers at the end.

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Old Gods Rising is an unfortunate mess. While it has a story that immediately hooks the player, a world that's begging to be explored and understood, and boasts fantastic environmental sound design, the current state of the game is unplayable. The numerous bugs and glitches restrict this game from being a great title. Until those bugs are patched out, you're better off spending your money elsewhere.

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For those okay with being given very little to actually do, apart from one actual puzzle and a few token situations, and just being relegated to soaking up the atmosphere, this game will deliver a good time, even if it is only for a few hours.

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