When I got the chance to take over at TiX with Rich I was looking forward to working with a team of new people and reviewing some cool games, little did I know that I would have to review a game because the whole team were too scared to review it!
When a review code came in for Slender: The Arrival we couldn’t find anyone brave enough to take it on and since I reviewed Outlast late last year it was left for me to step up and take the game on.
Slender: The Arrival is a sequel to Slender: The Eight Pages which was released on PC in 2012, and is developed by Blue Isle studios. The Arrival was released on Steam last year but has now made the jump to consoles.
You play as Lauren, who is searching for her friend Kate who has gone missing. Lauren crashes her car nearby and has to walk to Kate’s house, which is where you take control. The autumnal scenes at the beginning remind me of the game reminded me of Life is Strange. The game looks beautiful, as you approach Kates house darkness falls over your location. Armed with only a torch you’ll need to find you way around the house looking for clues to help you discover where your friend is.
There are 5 chapters in the game and they are quite good fun, each chapter requires you to do something to move on, such as find 8 book pages within a certain area. What I quite liked was the fact that within this area there are 10 locations for you to search, the whole time you have the Slender Man teleporting around trying to catch you, if he does you’ll need to restart the chapter. When you restart the chapter the locations will have randomly swapped!
Although the Slender Man isn’t scary he does a great job of distracting you, as he approaches you, your screen distorts and all sorts of noises fill your headset to add to the scare tactics. With only a flashlight to help you get around you can easily lose track of where you are, I found myself drawing a map to try and help me round in the end. Other levels require you to open windows or turn in generators to move the story along. The levels aren’t difficult, but the require a cool head to not let the Slender Man put you off, if you can manage that you’ll have no problems.
Most people will finish the game in around three to four hours, but those of you who like to explore and take their time will find the game last a bit longer. It was nice to play something a bit different, for the most parts levels were designed really well, though escaping the Enemy was sometimes impossible which became frustrating. The visuals are excellent and the audio does an amazing job of sending you a bit crazy when you are trying to concentrate at the task in hand. It’s also worth noting that the game won’t really hold your hand, you’ll have to work out what’s going on all by yourself, to be honest it’s quite nice to be left to my own devices.
If you are looking for a quick game to play through one evening then this is right up your street, stick on your headset nice and loud, turn the lights down and brace yourself!
Thanks to Reverb Communications for supplying TiX with a download code
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