Not quite your standard hide-and-seek
With horror games, one must always be on the lookout for a new concept. And Perception looks like it might fit the bill.
Perception is a new horror title by indie developer The Deep End Games. The team’s members are themselves industry veterans, having come from projects such as Bioshock and Dead Space. Perception has already been released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but it’s Switch release is coming this Halloween.
Its core concept focuses on what the player can and can’t see. Taking the role of Cassie, a blind woman, the player must rely on hearing and wits to “unravel the mysteries of an abandoned estate that haunts her dreams.” (source)
As a narrative game, Perception promises to be more unsettling than downright terrifying. GameInformer’s review describes it as “a memorable horror experience that thrives because of its unique setup and gameplay.” Exploration as Cassie is naturally slow, as environments are revealed via ‘echolocation’ and the tapping of one’s walking stick upon surfaces. It can be a little time-consuming, but it also makes the player eerily intimate with the gruesome setting’s unfolding.
It’s true that this sort of person isn’t likely to survive the high-octane monsters of, say, Resident Evil: Biohazard or Outlast 2. But Perception has a clever concept in that the monsters are similarly blind, becoming aware of one’s presence through the sounds one makes. Gameplay is rather tense as a result, as one must make sound to progress, but also must avoid making too much lest they attract the monsters.
Perception looks to be a relatively cheap, unique horror experience for those looking for something outside the standard milieu of spooky games. It will be available on the Nintendo eShop on October 31 for $14.99.
For more information, check out the gameplay trailer below: