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- A modern re-imagining of the acclaimed gothic-horror adventure series
- Interactions with vision-like apparitions which help you learn more about the past of your family
- Eerie atmosphere focusing on the horrors of the mind, in the style of EA Poe and HP Lovecraft
- High quality voice acting from a compelling ensemble cast
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A modern re-imagining of the acclaimed gothic-horror adventure series.
Interactions with vision-like apparitions which help you learn more about the past of your family.
Eerie atmosphere focusing on the horrors of the mind, in the style of EA Poe and HP Lovecraft.
High quality voice acting from a compelling ensemble cast.
Scotland, 1926. Following the suicide of his father, David Gordon visits his ancestral home for the first time in his life. A life that is soon threatened by the dark secrets that claimed the sanity of many Gordons before him. Tormented by nightmares and waking dreams for all his life, David fears that it might be his destiny to follow in his father's footsteps, down a path that leads to madness, and death. Is there really a Curse that has been haunting his family, like his father believed? It is up to David to uncover the horrible truths, buried under generations of silence and fathoms of stone. Black Mirror Castle demands an offering...
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The Atmosphere is off the charts! If you've ever found yourself curious what it would be like to wander through the pages of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft brought to life, then I can honestly say you have arrived. The Gordon's Family Castle is gothic and a powerful presence in the story. The dreary, rain soaked landscape surrounding the Castle is equally enjoyable but I had the most fun while exploring Black Mirror.
The Characters are each memorable thanks to the incredible character design and, while not all the voice acting is superb, I'm a bit of an old school gamer myself, so I found myself reveling in a few "campy" voice overs.
The Puzzles are challenging, but not to the point of being unfair. Ever single puzzle that I came across I was eventually able to workout, some rather quickly. All puzzles were enjoyable, my favorite being a roll top desk in the Library.
Loading Screens are a thing of the past, at least, the place for loading screens is before entering into a large open world. Within the Castle itself are multiple loading screens, sometimes lasting 15-30 seconds before allowing me into a new room. And God help you if you walk into a room and accidently walk right back out. To say that this game tests your patience is an understatement.
Quick Time Events are excellent when they flow seamlessly into the action of a story and they can really punch up the excitement, it done well, however, these quick time events were tedious, overly simply and completely unnecessary to the overall point of the game. I did enjoy the mechanic of trying to maintain your sanity at certain points, but the delivery is what really proved to be the biggest disappointment.
Glitches of this magnitude should not be in a game that is going to be released to the public. Period. There were two occasions that my game ended prematurely because my character became frozen in place in the middle of a cut scene, which meant I had to restart. Not only this, the game crashed on four back to back occasions while trying to navigate through the final Chapter of the game. And not only that, sometimes the game will simply freeze for a couple seconds while my character is walking across the room. Let's hope there is a patch coming in the future.
So why three stars?
Honestly, I find a game like this acceptable on PC for the price of $20 and I wish that I had waited until this game was on sale before purchasing because I would have been much more impressed with a $20 price tag and more prone to forgiveness. There isn't much replay ability to this title, aside from a few one off choices that have not outcome on the end of the game. The story is what I would have expected so I can't fault it since, again, I'm a fan of the previous titles in the series. If you're coming into this blind, I would recommend Black Mirror if you're a fan of Poe or Lovecraft.
I can honestly say that this title is okay. I didn't love it (oh how I wish that I had) and I found the time to beat the game, roughly five hours, to be entirely too short to justify that price tag.
This game was made by KING Art and THQ Nordic neither of whom make particularly great games in my experience, Black Mirror is a broken, unoriginal mess. I wanted to like this game, as a fan of gothic horror, but this one isn't worth your time. Cliche are one thing but this game is where there is zero surprise when "The Butler" comes out of nowhere and tries to kill you kinda cliches. The game is very short, and takes place an extremly small world, the main castle has about 5 rooms of relevance, there's a backyard, and one other location, thats pretty much it. The puzzles are... decent theres nothing thats gonna make you run for a walkthrough you should be able to do them all on your own but there pretty dull as well. The plot really dosen't make any sense you spend the entire game learning about your family's secrets unfortunately most of the time everyones so busy playing keep away with the dark secrets that the game forgets to give you any actual pay off and reveal anything also it's really hard to keep all the myriad of family members 3/4 of whom you never actually meet straight this could have been solved by simply giving the players a family picture to point out whom was who and how they related to you. Motivations are all over the place as well, the character models look like playdough and the characters will frequently stare off into opposite sides of the room while they pretend at talking to once another, most scary games benifit from having a way to get a game over, this is a rare exception as the the gameplay in this game is so bad that the rare instances when your in danger it just becomes a pain in the ass to start over cause you did'nt know what was going on. Moving about is tolerable but only just and for most the the game a women with the candle will be following you through the house, this means that you will constantly be stopping and waiting for her to catch up so you can actually see. The glitches in this game are bad... REALLY bad, there were at least 3 crashes on my first playthrough witch ended in a fatal crash that corrupted my save data and made it impossible to complete the game making me reinstall the game completely... this happened twice so if you do play this game make frequent hard saves. Finally I completed the game on the 3rd try, I hold out little hope that KING will sufficintly patch this game in the future as they havent with a previous game. Even when you get to the end... theres honestly little pay off for the trip. Don't bother with this title no matter how cheap.