Developer: Caustic Reality
Publisher: Blowfish Studios
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 02/07/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Infliction Extended Cut is a updated version of infliction tat boast new content with new endings
You play as Gary Pout, family man returning home to retrieve your wife’s plane ticket. Something happens and you wake up in your house, but is it your house? Gary seems to be in his own hell. Chased by a vengeful spirit. Will Gary survive and find out why he is stuck?
The story is well uninspiring and very boring to be fair, there are a few issues with the story. It reveals most of the major story plots to the player in the first few hours, this leads to the game feeling hollow and uninspired in the latter hours. As any horror fan knows that drip feeding information is the best way to ramp up the chill factor. The next major point I want to point out the game uses too many horror cliques with a trip in an asylum for instance.
One aspect of the game I would have liked the developers to have delved in to is the underlying themes of Infliction Extended Cut. These are depression, substance addiction, Poor mental health, and child neglect. Instead, the devs used it as a narrative tool only with not much understanding of the subjects.
The gameplay plays from a first person perspective, with puzzles galore and one upset ghost trying to kill you. As these are all set pieces, the developers have done an outstanding job of making the game feel and looks creepy. There are plenty of times I felt something will happen just because of the atmosphere. The game keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way, though.
After completing the first run through run through there is a NG+ mode this mixes things up somewhat. With items being in different places, puzzles being different, and our lovely ghost being more frequent, it definitely ramps up the fear. With death almost around every corner.
Overall, Infliction Extended Cut keeps the horror factor high with its atmosphere. However, it lacks some originality and understanding of mental health. With that said, I enjoyed the game, but there is better out there.