Now then. Let me start by saying this: I don’t have a lot of experience in “survival horror”. Or horror in general, if you don’t feel like subdividing into smaller categories. I’ve played my share of games, but there are still huge gaps I haven’t put much effort into filling. How big are these gaps? Well, let me put it this way: the first Resident Evil game I played from start to finish was Resident Evil 5. I’m not much in the way of the horror genre, and with the Month of Pumpkinpalooza almost over I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out. I should try to broaden my horizons.
So that’s why I tried out The Evil Within. Not finished, mind, because I never would have done that in time for this post. But I’ve taken strides with it. And conceptually speaking, there’s no beter game to start out with. It’s by the guy who practically made survival horror a thing (plus helped with Killer7)! It sounded like a nightmare come to life thanks to a couple of previews! It’s a bold counterclaim against the mindless power fantasies that are trying to strangle the medium into submission! What’s not to love?
It turns out there’s a lot. I’ve spent a LOT of time waiting for the game to get scary -- and, you know, good. And right now, I doubt it ever will.