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Agony review

You know when you get an email from PR repeating just how adult a game is that you’ll be expecting to play an ‘interesting’ game.

Agony is a first-person adventure that sees the player take charge of a Matyr, fated to Hell, who must escape the underworld by coming face-to-face with the terrifying Red Goddess.

You begging by waking in Hell, with no memory of how you ended up there, all you know is that you need to find the Red Goddess. In order to survive you’ll need to sneak around trying to possess other citizens of hell that will help increase your power.

It has the making of quite a good video game, it’s just a shame that its execution lets you down. Agony is graphic, you’ll see bodies being ripped in half in great detail, while others are impaled on giant spikes, whilst they are still alive and if that’s not enough, you’ll see corpses engaging in sexual acts with demons.

The developers, Mad Moon have clearly put some painstaking effort into the graphics and details of the environment, there is plenty of nudity, including demons with heads shaped like Vaginas, plus there are more boobs and knobs than you can shake a stick at, however after a while you will become desensitised to the graphic nature and hell begins to look a bit samey.

The narrative got tired very quickly, which isn’t helped by the naff Voice Acting, however the rest of the audio design was superb and will send shivers down your spine. Hellish scream of pain echo around you, while drops of blood will embed in your ear canals.

I was let down by the poor gameplay mechanics and unfair checkpoint system. You’ll spend most of your time sneaking around trying not to be caught by the various demons in the game, trouble is, the frustrating AI and level design sees you die far too easily. You are able to distract enemies but even that feels laboured. When you are caught and killed your spirit leaves your body and you are given a small amount of time to fly around and find another body to host you.

The trouble is if you don’t find body quickly enough you’ll end up back at your last checkpoint, but in turn they feel poorly spaced and you’ll often find yourself having to replay large chunks of a game you won’t really enjoy.

Agony seemingly wants you to be in agony just trying to work out what the hell it wants you to do, when you do finally figure out what their intent is you become hindered by a frustrating camera and terrible frame rate.

I really hate giving games a hard time, but in the case of Agony I’m feeling lees sympathetic, don’t waste your time on this one.

Agony set for hellish 2017 release

The survival horror genre has seen some massive changes over the years. Games such as Resident Evil set a course for game developers to push boundaries and see exactly what scares the living bejesus out of us gamers. As players we love to be scared, a morbid fascination into the occult or just plain simple jump scares in games has us going back for more and more. With the introduction of VR, the horror genre doesn’t seem to be dying off, in fact it looks to be ever more popular.

With all that aside MadMind Studios are grabbing the horror genre, sprinkling a little of their disturbing dust on it and setting it free to the masses. With a line up of developers that have worked on the likes of The Division, The Witcher 3 and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, Agony is a game we will definitely have to take seriously.

Agony see’s you as a tormented soul fresh in the depths of hell with no memory of how you got there. You will have the ability to control the minds of others, giving you the necessary skills to progress through each stage. The ultimate goal is to escape hell which will mean a meeting with the all powerful Red Goddess.

I must warn you though, like I said the horror genre has seen some changes, Agony pushes the envelope a long way and some people may find some of the footage disturbing. Put it this way there’ll be no “That was too close; you were almost a Jill sandwich.” quotes in this game.

Now if that wasn’t enough Madmind also released an extended gameplay trailer, I’ll warn you again, this is no picnic either.

MadMinds depiction of hell is a quite a disturbing one don’t you think. As you can see from the intro Unreal Engine 4 is the driving force behind this game, the same engine that gave us the epic visuals in Gears of War 4 and many other titles. With that said the power of the Unreal Engine will definitely make this a game visual work of art. Just watching the trailer gave me the same sense of dread I felt the moment I launched the very first Silent Hill, and I wasn’t disappointed with that.

Agony is set to be released on PC and Xbox One some time in 2017, I for one am really looking forward to it. I’ll probably only play about 10 minutes of it before I’m scared out of my my mind but hey, I’ll give it a bash.