Nosferatu: The Wrath Of Malachi
Whether or not Nosferatu scares you will largely be determined by your ability to withstand frights of a 'shocking' nature. With a creepy atmosphere and a relative lack of lighting, this game could've been something special with the right balance of horror, but instead generally relies on cheap tricks and monsters that appear out of shadows to do you in. Borrowing a page from such films as Bram Stoker's Dracula, and other gothic period piece movies, Nosferatu sets you in a castle that would look absolutely perfect as Count Orlock's manor from the 1922 silent motion picture, Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror.
Beyond that, the storyline is remarkably simple, providing you with the same hunt and retrieve puzzle game as presented in other FPS titles. Most of the actual storyline is provided as box filler material, so you won't be left guessing for most things, and it does seem at times that this was a labor of love, with the sort of attention to detail that tends to make a game stand out. The weapons seem suitably authentic, right down to the flintlock pistol that takes a while to load and only holds one shot. It isn't entirely realistic, as you can reload it in just a few seconds, but instead of giving you a gun that holds multiple rounds, you'll need to pickup multiple pistols, load them all at once, and then you can quickly switch from gun to gun, bad ass pirate style.
On a purely visceral level, the combination of Nosferatu's graphics and sound make for a chilly experience. As I noted previously, it isn't that frightening on a grueling psychological level, just a jump out at you and make you scream level. I'd originally considered knocking this game a bit more. It doesn't innovate, uses a few cheap tricks (like the 'shock' horror) and doesn't have multiplayer replay value. However, it's also value priced at around $30 retail, and also seems to have a good amount of polish. All in all, it isn't what I'd call a great title, but it is this close. Oh, that's me holding up two fingers really close to one another. Yep, that close.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP