Maid of Sker

Wales Interactive

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
64
Top Critic Average
36%
Critics Recommend
Based on 43 critic reviews
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Maid of Sker

Rating Summary

Based on 43 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

64

Top Critic Average

36%

Critics Recommend

Based on 43 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jul 28, 2020
Xbox OneJul 28, 2020
PCJul 28, 2020

Developer: Wales Interactive

Genres: Horror, Adventure

Brave the nightmares of the Quiet Ones. Do not panic…don’t even breathe! Maid of Sker is a first-person survival horror, set in a remote hotel with a gory and macabre history from British folklore. Armed with only a defensive sound device, you’ll utilise stealth tactics to avoid death amongst a cult of sound-based AI enemies. Set in 1898 and inspired by the haunting Welsh tale of Elisabeth Williams, this is a story of a family empire driven by torture, slavery, piracy and a supernatural mystery that suffocates the grounds of the hotel. Created and developed by Wales Interactive with a plot crafted by the writing talent and designers behind the likes of SOMA, Don’t Knock Twice and Battlefield 1. Features • 3D sound-based AI system as the core survival mechanic. • Realistic visuals featuring 4k uncapped on PC (1080p 60fps minimum). • A chilling story inspired by Welsh folklore fusing psychological, gothic and British horror. • Re-imagining of famous Welsh hymns Calon Lân (A Pure Heart), Suo-Gân (Welsh Lullaby) and Ar Hyd Y Nos (All Through the Night) from the spine-chilling voice of Tia Kalmaru.

Maid of Sker Reviews

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Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

An effectively eerie backdrop is undone slightly by frustrating stealth in this enjoyable indie horror game.

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Though Maid of Sker has an intriguing premise, it is very often a frustrating chore to play.

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Maid of Sker is a great addition to the survival horror genre and offers a wonderfully intimate and local threat that takes its influences from Welsh folktales. Eschewing the combat and weaponry of many entries into the genre, its gameplay loop of sneaking and hiding proves compelling and successfully manages to keep you feeling in danger at all times. When you add in some excellent sound design and atmosphere you have a Victorian horror that deserves a rousing reception. There may not be a welcome in these valleys but this is one vacation that genre fans should have no reservations about taking.

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Maid of Sker - in some ways - could be described as a sort of Resident Evil 7 without weapons. A dilapidated house full of puzzles, the backtracking that repopulates deserted areas at first and the general atmosphere, have brought to mind several times the Capcom adventure. Clearly, the technical side pays the price for an immeasurably lower level of production, but in the same way it outlines the strength of its own qualities. Maid of Sker, however, is all about stealth, and while it gives us some tools to distract or block enemies, it doesn't stray far from its initial structure. Had it not been for a dark, kneaded aesthetic and some rather unfortunate game choices, we'd have a little classic on our hands.

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Maid of Sker - Official Gameplay Trailer | Calon Lân

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Maid of Sker | Official Trailer - Suo Gân (Welsh Lullaby)

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Maid of Sker - Official Teaser Trailer (4K)

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