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The one thing I think truly made Silent Hill scary was the atmosphere. The subtle sound effects, the Hellish music and the fog rolling down the streets set the tone for the critically-acclaimed survival horror game. I have been waiting years for someone else to create something with the same effect. Something that could truly scare me not just with monsters that go bump in the night, but the ever-important environment with its dark corners and suspicious sounds and movements playing on your paranoia. Ladies and gentleman, I am proud to announce that I think I finally found that game.
Among the Sleep recently released its Alpha version for free to gain feedback from real-time players on the development of the game. I decided to take advantage of this and see this game for myself. It's everything I thought it would be, and better.
This is maybe the first time in a long time I have played a scary game and actually felt fear. And let me tell you, after years of horror games, it takes a lot to scare me. In Among the Sleep, I don't know when to hide or stay in the open. I dunno if something is a sound effect or just background music. It's utterly terrifying because I have no idea what to expect. I don't know if this game is entirely an invisible paranormal presence or if I am going to see something skulking in the shadows after me. That uncertainty hanging in the air is just completely horrifying. The darkness and lighting effects make the house extremely eerie, almost like a scene out of The Poltergeist with subtle glows of dim lights and cracked doors. Krillbite Studios has done a fantastic job delivering a sound horror experience, one that has never been done before. Seriously, who thought of creating a horror game through the eyes of a two-year old? Genius! My question is, is this house truly under the spell of the paranormal or is this just a two-year old's imagination?
The best part about all of this is this game is only the Alpha version. This isn't even the best copy and it's already blowing my mind.
If you've read my writing in the past on Game Informer, you know I am extremely critical of horror games. Not too many recently have impressed me and I see upcoming games lacking originality in story content, but so far this is a good start. Upcoming games include the much-talked about, Outlast, and Daylight (which I seemed to get mixed up for some reason) along with a brand-spankin' new Amnesia (so excited for this one!). If you want to try Among The Sleep yourself, you can get it at their Kickstarter page. If you play it, let me know what your thoughts are on it.