CARRION Reviews

CARRION is ranked in the 67th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
40 / 100
Jul 22, 2020

There just isn't a reason to play Carrion. There is little narrative, repetitive combat, limited puzzles, and almost zero horror elements. The atmosphere is okay and it reminds me of Alien but that's about as far as it goes with horror. Just leave this monster stuck in the vent.

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5 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2020

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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GameMAG
Top Critic
5 / 10
Aug 11, 2020

Carrion has all the potential to become really interesting, but right now it feels like a technical demonstration of an incomplete concept.

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Video Chums
Top Critic
5.5 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2020

Carrion is a game that I would love to play through in one night with a group of friends as long as I'm not the one playing it. While it's not the best Metroidvania to navigate, it's a joy to watch. If you love horror, especially old monster movies, this is worth checking out for the atmosphere alone as it makes for a rather spook-tacular night.

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6 / 10
Aug 14, 2020

Carrion embraces its identity as a "reverse-horror" experience, offering some viscerally violent action that is not for the faint of heart. Presentation here is top-notch: this is a polished title that Phobia Game Studio has taken a lot of care in crafting. Sadly, it stumbles in its core gameplay. The combat is poorly balanced and navigation can be a frustrating chore, but when Carrion does transcend these trappings, it does so with a sadistic glee that makes it unmistakable amongst its peers.

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Twinfinite
Jared O’Neill
Top Critic
3 / 5.0
Aug 4, 2020

As it stands, Carrion is an impressive, creative, and inventive game on paper. In practice, it ends up being a rather middle-of-the-road experience, with unfulfilled promised of potential greatness. If you’re looking for an inventive new take on the Metroidvania genre, Carrion might be what you’re looking for –but don’t go into it expecting it to be Super Meat-troid.

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6 / 10
Oct 31, 2021

Despite the gameplay and level design being pretty middling, we still think this game is worth a spin. It’s all about the atmosphere, and the organism itself, both of which are rousing successes and worth the price of entry alone.

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Jul 23, 2020

Carrion is a great concept that becomes repetitive in practice.

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Metro GameCentral
Top Critic
6 / 10
Jul 23, 2020

Playing as an alien monstrosity is a great idea, and at times works well, but the fiddly controls and awkward mix of gameplay ideas doesn't gel together well.

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6 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2020
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6.5 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2020

Does the the disturbing "reverse horror" of Phobia Games Studio's Carrion live up to the concept, or does it miss the mark?

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Aug 4, 2020

Carrion is a game I’ve been looking forward to for a while. And though I am more than a bit disappointed I got stuck, I’m still eager to play through again sometime soon. It’s an absolute steal at $19.99. Warts and all, this is a fascinating and wholly unique game. I’m glad as always that Devolver Digital takes chances on titles like this, and can’t wait to see what’s next from Phobia Game Studio.

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70 / 100
Jul 28, 2020

If you’re sick of playing victims in horror games, watching thrillers through the lens of a hapless protagonist, and instead just want to vent your frustrations on them, this role reversal of a game will sate your bloodthirst.

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Gameliner
Bram Noteboom
Jul 28, 2020

The horror genre is packed with everything you could wish for.

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7 / 10
Jul 22, 2020

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.

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GameSpew
Chris Mc
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2020

It’s a real treat for horror fans and one of the most original games I’ve come across. There were so many moments that left me with a grin a mile wide, from pulling a string of victims up into the ceiling to turning a soldier against their former friends. But if you choose to wreak your own brand of horror upon Carrion‘s hapless humans, just be prepared to step away when there’s no-one left to torment.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 12, 2020

Carrion is a very cool concept held back by frustrating map design and repetitive combat.

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7 / 10
Aug 4, 2020

Phobia taps into a very visceral sensibility with Carrion’s fluid, action-based mechanics, which are both simple and fun to execute.

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7 / 10
Aug 1, 2020

Carrion is remarkably successful in so far that its visuals, sound design and interaction come together to create something truly horrifying, beautiful and engrossing, but its novelty wanes, and what you are left with is surprisingly superficial.

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3.5 / 5.0
Jul 22, 2020

There's plenty that Carrion gets right beyond the fluidity and attention to detail its horrific, blood-red monstrosity is given.

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