Summary: Carrion's unique premise of playing as the monster is backed up by great puzzle and action gameplay, culminating in one of this year's most unique indie releases.
A Unique Concept
Play as the monster in Carrion, terrorising and attacking the very people you would typically play as.
Great Puzzle & Action Mix
Carrion's fantastic mix of puzzle and action game play will keep players enthralled from start to finish.
The weak narrative might not be enough to keep some players invested.
Top Critic Average
Carrion is often obscure, uncomfortable, unsettling, and distressing. And this is why we loved it.
However, frustrations aside, Carrion was still an entertaining playthrough. As one of Devolver’s major releases of the year it doesn’t quite hit the high mark I expected. It doesn’t need to be a breakthrough experience, though. It’s just plain fun, and I could see myself playing through again.
Carrion is a fantastic game that flips horror tropes on their heads and allows you to be the one slaughtering the ignorant and incompetent humans. There is actually a lot more depth to the gameplay than I anticipated, which never led to a dull moment.
Carrion is the perfect marriage of John Carpenter and Cronenberg horror, with an almost unsettling glee as you careen through the game devouring all in your path.
It’s equal parts Metroidvania and player directed blood-bath and one of the best games of the year so far.
Carrion’s concept of playing the evil, inhuman creature that’s out to eat everyone is definitely interesting and, at times undoubtedly visceral despite its distant 2D perspective, letting you bloody up rooms and leave halves of corpses lying around for later consumption. Its movement enforces the foreign nature of its protagonist but frequent frustrations like repeated difficulty spikes during combat and getting lost in its unremarkable facility do chip away at its awesome parts. Nevertheless, if you can weather some frustration, you’re in for a lot of delicious dismemberment and many horrified screams as you take Carrion’s flesh beast on its bloody journey.
CARRION is a masterful experience in reverse horror where you play as the monster and ultimately a threat to humanity. The story is simple yet intense, the gameplay is loads of fun despite its quirkiness at times, and sound and visuals are top-notch, and I am finding it rather difficult to not recommend this game. With 2020 going the way it is, now is the time to cheer for the monster.
Carrion is a lean but undeniably fun reverse horror with plenty of clever ideas that will have you second-guessing meatballs.
Carrion struggles to depict the idea of “having power” as nothing else than a brainless venture. Something you inherited. Therefore, every action and every killing lose its meaning. Even though you are a monster, your actions are never questioned or given context. In the end, the gore is the only thing that really makes you feel something. Gross, at most.
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