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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.
One of the things I find lacking in this game are the control mechanics (they are clunky and awkward, although I do like the sanity challenges). I also didn't care for the limited nature of the locations or for the fact that there is very little backstory and explanation of the family dynamic or their relationships. Finally, the play time is just atrocious. $39.99 for a four-hour game? Good thing I got it as a gift. I put at least 20 hours into the original, and I didn't pay nearly that price (although, admittedly, the original was for the PC and that used to be cheaper by nature). The original had multiple locations and the puzzles were more varied and more involved. I enjoyed the puzzles in this version, I just wish there had been more of them.
I feel that THQ Nordic dropped the ball in this one. Their other games have been much better (e.g., Arcania 4, Book of Unwritten Tales 2, etc.). Although I liked the game, I don't foresee playing it again, mainly because it was so short.