Developer: Dual Effect, Abstract Digital
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Serise X, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 14/04/2022
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
There is something about the classic survival horror genre that gets the hairs on the back of my neck to prickle. The fixed camera angle, the tank controls and fixed shooting position. Tormented Souls is bringing the classic back for today’s players.
In Tormented Souls you will play as Caroline Walker, who receives a letter with a picture of twin girls. The letter states these girls have disappeared in a hospital called Winterlake.
So of course Caroline goes to Winterlake to find out what has happened to these twins. Of course, she is knocked out as soon as she arrives. And wakes up in a bathtub, on a ventilator and missing an eye. Instead of getting out of there, she still pushes on with finding out what happens to the twins.
Typical horror tropes ensue throughout the entire game. Tormented Souls keeps close to the survival horror games of the early 2000s throughout.
Survival Horror Classic
Tormented Souls is out and out a classic survival horror game. Each to both its strengths and determent. It is squarely aimed at the hardcore old school gamer. With the fixed cameras and just out of sight enemies that you normally hear before seeing. With standstill aiming for gunplay might put off fans of newer horror games. Caroline has a nice dodge mechanic that is needed to keep her away from the weird monsters.
The camera angles are what makes these games scary and keeps the player on edge, not having any idea of that is in front of you. Only the noise of scraping claws or other weird sounds. To add to the horror vibe, the camera is tilted to make the world feel like it is a bit more crazy than it already is.
There are plenty of puzzles to solve and items to combine to keep any survival horror fan happy. Instead of just clicking an item, then where it is to go there is a cursor that you will need to move about to interact with the puzzle.
With this being the Nintendo Switch version, there are obvious limitations to the graphical capabilities. None are so much clear than Caroline herself in the opening sequence. The into is jumpy and freezes. The worst part is, however, is when you get a closeup of Caroline, she looks like a NPC from the Alone In The Dark series back on ps1. This problem also seems to bleed down in to the enemies. They are blocky and not as polished as the world it’s self.
Overall, Tormented Souls is for a set fanbase of old school survival horror games. I loved my time with it, not so much the graphics. I felt as though it leans too much in to the old school aspect and could alienate some fans.
But for a budget horror title, Tormented Souls, it is definitely worth playing.