My Review of Visage

A new contender emerges for scariest game of all time.

Visage Game 90

Visage Definition: To face; confront; brave.

When the PR team for Visage contacted me about reviewing it as a serious contender for one of the scariest games of all time, I was skeptical (that’s what the marketing team for every “scary” movie or game says). But now? It definitely made the list.

I would describe the game as a cross between P.T. (Playable Teaser), Layers of Fear, and Emily Wants to Play, 3 other games that make the list of scariest games of all time. Unfortunately, I never actually got to play P.T., and after the game it was teasing, Silent Hills, was shelved after Hideo Kojima’s departure from Konami (though there are rumors that the project is now back on), it was impossible to play. Konami scrubbed P.T. off the face of the earth as much as they possibly could. The only way to play it was to buy a used console that already had it installed.

Following suit, Resident Evil 7 also had a playable teaser for their game, and I got to play it this time around. The general idea and style of just being trapped in a house and having to use your whits to puzzle your way out is just plain fun.

The project, by developer SadSquare Studio, started on Kickstarter as a clear love letter to P.T. They took that starting premise and expanded it into quite a deep game. With the success of Visage, their very first game, I can’t wait to see what they do next.

My only real gripe, which isn’t all that fair, is that the game lacks the triggering of any controller vibration whatsoever for the action that’s taking place on screen. Understandable, as the game is a port from PC, which obviously has no vibration function. I imagine it was a matter of time and budget constraint, but definitely a missed opportunity in terms of turning the scare factor up a notch or two, especially for jump scares or when a monster grabs you.

Don’t get me wrong, even so, the game is still very scary. It’s also fairly difficult. I definitely had to look things up a few times after spending far too much time wandering around aimlessly. If you like to be scared, this game is a must.

Snaps of My Journey Through the Game

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