The Suicide of Rachel Foster
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The Suicide of Rachel Foster is a first-person “walking simulator” game that places players in an abandoned hotel in the middle of the Montana wilderness, unraveling the mystery behind a suicide from years prior. Similar in style to games like Gone Home or Firewatch, this walking sim mostly involves investigating clues and items as you walk around the sprawling hotel. Playing as a woman named Nicole, you must uncover the secrets behind the downfall of your family, spurred on by an adulterous affair between your father and a teenage girl named Rachel Foster. What starts off as a sad and upsetting story quickly becomes supernatural and mysterious in this twisted and spooky tale.
Main Game Features
- Explore a creepy and atmospheric hotel
- Narrative-driven gameplay
- Dark and controversial storytelling
In The Suicide of Rachel Foster you play as Nicole Wilson, the daughter of a man named Leonard McGrath. During her childhood, Nicole grew up in the Timberline Hotel, a luxurious rural getaway located in the wilderness of Montana.
After discovering an affair between her father and a teenage girl named Rachel, both Nicole and her mother left the hotel in disgust. Now in 1993, with both of her parents deceased, Nicole has inherited the Timberline Hotel, along with the responsibility of inspecting it before the property is sold. Arriving at the hotel during a historic snow-storm, Nicole finds herself trapped by the weather and quickly begins investigating the supposed suicide of Rachel. When her discoveries start to imply a bigger conspiracy, Nicole must figure out the truth before leaving the hotel behind for good.
Much like other walking simulators, the gameplay experience in The Suicide of Rachel Foster is slow-paced, with an emphasis on taking in your surroundings and enjoying the narrative. At the start of the game, you arrive at the Timberline Hotel and take a brief tour, checking out the various wings and rooms. This journey is guided by Irving, a FEMA agent stationed nearby who chats with Nicole over a jumbo old-school cell phone. You have a blueprint map to help you navigate, but the minimal design and lack of a player icon leave something to be desired. Apart from walking around, opening doors, and inspecting various items, there's not much else to do.
That said, Nicole does have a limited set of tools to work with, which you earn as you progress through the game. This includes a pump-flashlight, a microphone for capturing supernatural sounds, and a few other basic tools. Each day, you'll have various objectives on your to-do list, requiring you to trek through the hotel and investigate different areas. Irving offers his help throughout all of this, offering his guidance as the weather worsens and the hotel becomes more dangerous. There's no combat to speak of and only some very light puzzling solving, resulting in a mostly passive gameplay experience.
While The Suicide of Rachel Foster isn't the most exciting or groundbreaking walking simulator ever made, it's still an intriguing and creepy adventure. The straightforward objectives and slow-paced gameplay can be tedious at times, but the visuals are impressive and the atmosphere is appropriately chilling. Exploring the Timberline Hotel feels immersive and fun, with some fine attention to detail and evocative art design.
Unfortunately, the story falls out from underneath itself toward the end, resulting in a perplexing and unbelievable twist. Despite the flaws, The Suicide of Rachel Foster is an interesting take on a classic haunted hotel story. If you like other walking simulators, give this one a try!
- Great visuals
- Reminiscent of many classic horror stories
- Intriguing narrative with twists
- A persistent head-bobble effect
- Awkward dialogue
- Very little replayability