Pacify

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a game by SKH Apps, and Shawn Hitchcock
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7.5/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 4 votes
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See also: Horror Games, PvP Games, Psychological Horror Games, Co-Op Horror Games
Pacify
Pacify
Pacify

Throughout the last decade in gaming, there has been a real shift towards truly gripping horror games taking the centre stage again. Games such as Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Outlast and P.T. really helped to bring bone-chilling scares back to the genre that was becoming much more action-heavy. So we look at a title that aimed to jump on this trend and ride it for all the success it could get. We are of course talking about the indie horror game, Pacify.

This one plays much like the modern survival horror games of recent memory such as Alien: Isolation or the aforementioned Outlast series. However, combines themes from games with a paranormal twist such as Forbidden Siren for example. It’s an interesting blend of styles that keeps the familiar gameplay fresh and draws you into the action.

Short but sweet

This game is admittedly an indie title and for that reason, the run time on this one is pretty short. The average player is likely to see this one out in about three hours. However, the three hours you have in this house will be packed with intense action, frantic puzzle-solving and a design that doesn’t show the unrefined tells of a standard indie horror game.

The animations are slick, the environments are well crafted and ominous, plus the character models are great, especially the little girl who will be the one chasing you throughout your playthrough. They render her to be a truly frightening sight which makes you want to run further and faster when things go wrong.

Then with regards to the gameplay, there is a real focus on exploration and discovery. Which translates to you focusing on objects and environments to solve puzzles. Which in turn, makes the jump scares caused by the omnipresent little girl to be all the more effective.

Play with pals

This game also has a co-op feature which isn’t necessarily something that is all too common with indie titles, at least not from launch. You’ll be able to play the main campaign with your pals and form a ragtag group that can solve puzzles fast to avoid capture. You’ll have near-death moments, altruistic moments where your buddies will lay down their lives for you and perhaps, with a lot of skill and speed, you’ll escape with the whole group in one piece.

There is also a PVP mode if you’re into a more competitive horror experience. This essentially pins you against one another in an experiment to see who can escape fastest. This is a fun mode that really tests how you handle high-pressure situations with both a ghost and potential enemies breathing down your neck.

I ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts

This game is by no means a masterclass in horror. It’s jump scares can be cheap at times and the format has been done many times and done better too. However, what this game aims to achieve, it does with aplomb. The environment although a little generic is scary and well designed. The sound design is adequate for the job at hand. The story is fairly competent and the puzzles are well made. Plus there is a series of game modes that you can play with your friends.

7

This game offers an awful lot for horror fans at a bargain price. So out verdict is go into this one with an open mind, don’t expect the world and you’ll have a really good time playing this one.

Pros

  • Decent visuals and sound
  • Competent puzzles and story
  • Multiple game modes including co-op

Cons

  • Short run time
  • Rather generic setting and format

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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