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5 DAYS A STRANGER
Fear the welder
You are trilby,
famed gentleman thief. The last in the line of the defoe family has died, and
you want their loot. However, defoe manor isn’t what it seems. When you get
inside, the doors and windows slam tight and can’t be opened. Furthermore there
are four other people in the house. This is weird, but things take the turn for
creepy when people start to disappear, only to be found brutally murdered all
over the house. This is 5 days a stranger.
5 days has weak
character models, but the overall style is enjoyable. The animations are fluid,
and the blood splatters and decaying corpses are perfectly terrifying. The game
has a great atmosphere, especially in the nightmare sequences.
Sadly 5 days
isn’t the scariest game in the chzo mythos. While it has some disturbing
imagery and a dark story, you are rarely in a situation when you can die, and
the villain isn’t too scary when you get the truth behind him. The game has
awful pacing, the first two days in the game are insanely boring, only to be
broken up by short nightmares.
This game has
a wonderful soundtrack that can really create atmosphere. The main theme is
mysterious, the nightmare music is scary, and the backround sounds are creepy. Sadly,
the game does not have voice acting, which it would greatly benefit from.
The farther you
get into the story, the more creepy it becomes. Who is the man in the welder
mask who is killing people in this house? What is this curse that can’t let you
leave defoe manor? And what dark secrets does the defoe manor hold? Every
answer is wrapped up in a very satisfying way.
The game play is
rather simple. Mouse is to interact and the keyboard is used to move. Not bad,
but not great.
In all, this game
is a satisfying start to the excellent chzo series. It kicks off the series in
a great way. If you love games such as amnesia or silent hill, you will love 5
days a stranger.
Next time, I will be uploading a review of the sequel, trilby's notes.