Stealthily announced at Sony's Gamescom conference, P.T. was billed as a 'Playable Teaser' for a new first-person horror game by the fictional 7780s Studio. After the sort of frenzied investigation that only the Internet can provide, it was discovered that the daunting downloadable was in fact a demo for a new Silent Hill game directed by none other than Hideo Kojima. Needless to say, this clever reveal stands as one of the most ingenious video game marketing stunts in recent memory.
However, it isn't this promotional prowess which sees it take such a prestigious place on our list. Put simply, the reason that we've included P.T. is that it's an exceedingly well constructed game, from the very first second that it digs its macabre and unkempt nails into your mind, making you question every slight breeze and flickering shadow in its now infamous hallway.
On this fundamental level, it's an incredibly terrifying experience, but – as with all good horror – there's something sinister hidden behind the requisite moody lighting and jump scares. A risky pregnancy, a deeply troubled patriarch, a violent revelation – all of these disturbing details lurk beneath the surface, and are subtly exposed through clever environmental storytelling.
And this is arguably the title's greatest triumph. More than any other game, it demonstrates that through smart and economical level design, AAA titles can tell deep and evocative stories which require the player to put together the pieces themselves. What's more, its irrefutable success is undoubtedly the final nail in a stubborn industry coffin which for so long has dictated that a game needs to be a certain length for it to be popular.
Ultimately, one only needs to look at the robust discussions that the title has sparked to see how significant it will prove to be. Indeed, the fact that we're talking about what is essentially a one hour long teaser trailer several months after it debuted is a testament to how powerful and important Kojima's first foray into horror truly is.
Did playing P.T. leave you utterly petrified, or do you reckon that this deadly downloadable has been overhyped? Try not to scream in the comments section below.
[ Words: Kell Andersen ]
I don't even... P.t beats dragon age? Ooookay then lol. That's a first.
P.T for GOTY Silver, guys just think for a little time, imagine if sites about films begin to give awards to trailers over complete films would be awkward to not say ridiculous, I understand you liked this and wanted a new good horror Silent Hill and this looks promising but it's just a trailer/teaser, it should have it's own category like betas and alphas of games.
This is disappointing, I look for Push Square for some sense, something that the big sites have in some way lost and you guys do that, it's a sad day, but hey it's your choice and fortunately not mine, sorry if I'm being annoying, but I couldn't leave without saying something.
@ferrers405 @mitcHELLspawn We'll be doing a reader vote at the end, don't worry.
PT is a playable teaser, a demo. It's not a game that can be recognised as a GoTY contender, regardless of how good it actually is.
@ferrers405 Dragon Age doesn't desrve to be GOTY, anyway, even bronze.
@Gemuarto yeah I guess that's why it's winning tons of goty. Makes sense
@Gemuarto see this it's just about taste, you don't like, but it's a game, on the other way P.T. it's not a game, it's a teaser.
To be clear: we did discuss whether to include P.T. or not. We ultimately decided that it achieved more than the majority of other 'games' in our shortlist, so included it in our internal vote. It then scored enough points to finish third.
It's a tricky one, but I stand by our decision to include it. As Kell summarises in the above article: "The fact that we're talking about what is essentially a one hour long teaser trailer several months after it debuted is a testament to how powerful and important Kojima's first foray into horror truly is."
Also worth mentioning yet again that these results are decided by an internal staff vote.
We don't sit around and say "oh hey guys, P.T is definitely better than Dragon Age so we'll give it silver, okay?" because that would be ridiculous.
P.T. is above Dragon Age because it ended up with more points, plain and simple. That's democracy for you.
@get2sammyb One hour my foot. It took me two.
ITS GOT MORE ATMOSPHERE THAN ANY THING IVE PLAY ON MY PS4 THIS YEAR
Sharrup you lot! You want to make your own lists, your more than welcome.
For my money (or lack thereof, in this case), P.T. is definitely worth mentioning in the same breath as game of the year. It definitely had the best "poop the bed" moments. Personally I felt the finale was too obscure for it's own good, but hey, it's Silent Hill. So points for consistency I guess.
@get2sammyb @ShogunRok I'm not discussing it's qualities (which it has a lot), but the category, like it's name says P.T. (Playable Teaser) stands for a build for a game not a game per se, of course it's a democracy in your office, sorry, but none of your justifications above can truly excel It's classification.
Dang... I'm kinda with other readers on this one. This getting a silver trophy is a bit weird. "Hey guys, how was gaming this year?" "A demo was the third best game of the year man" "okay..." Makes it sound like an underwhelming year. I mean, it's not even the bronze trophy.
I wouldn't call P.T. A demo but more of a stand alone experience that will end up having nothing to do with the actual game in the end.
Shadow of Mordor for No.1?
I will admit that I was really surprised to find out P.T. made it above other games I would've picked over it any day, but if there's one thing I can say about it, it made me feel dreadful like no other horror game has done for me. I was literally shaking and on the verge of turning it off for how uncomfortable it made me feel. There's something to be said about that, and even though I personally wouldn't have voted for it over, say, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Second Son, or Dragon Age, many of my fellow editors did without any prior discussions. It just happened, so...there you go. Take it as you will!
@ShogunRok yes, it's plain and simple.. but that doesn't make it any less dumb lol. I guess P.T could have won if you made a demos of the year category.. but I mean come on. I'm fully aware some of 2014 wasn't as great as some had hoped it to be, but to give P.T your sites silver award for game of the year pretty much is just giving a middle finger to the countless other actual games that deserve attention and praise. Not only that, but in my opinion it kind of makes the site look silly.. obviously that's just my opinion though. Something tells me you won't find P. T be up for game of the year anywhere else on the planet. But yeah, can't wait to see what wins gold lol.
@DrJoeystein yeah when I played it, I was after hearing over and over that it was like the creepiest thing ever and so when I put it on I was moving at a snails pace practically lol because I was so tense but I ended up being underwhelmed because of how much I had been hyped up for it by other people. I hate when that happens! It's why I love playing my games before even reading a review or anything if I can. I find it the best possible way to get a complete honest idea if a game is for me or not.
It doesn't make any sense anyway.... even if it was the best ever demo of the entire universe.... it is like adding a trailer into a movie list...
And again, for someone who just approach ps4 now, it really looks this was a very poor year for the console...
@mitcHELLspawn #21 I quote every single word you said
@mitcHELLspawn @ferrers405 But the fact remains that we put it into the vote, and people voted for it, even over many other games. That alone says how highly some people think of it. If a demo can hold that sort of sway, then good luck to it.
As for the trailer and movie comparisons, that doesn't work. Trailers are taken from movies to provide a peek. And while P.T. is a peek to an extent, it's still its own entity, and can be enjoyed alone. It's certainly not a demo in the traditional sense.
It takes me back to when Portal was in a lot of people's GOTY list back when it was released as part of The Orange Box. That was only about 2 and a half hours long. Maybe rather than a trailer, people should be considering it more along the lines of a short film. I wouldn't really call it a demo either - demo's tend to be excerpts of games that are actually going to come out. This was more along the lines of Ground Zeroes, if anything. And if that can be released as a full game, then P.T. can be considered a full game too. Boom.
At least it worked, more than the majority of games this year.
I played this with my wife and when the girl appeared for the first time we actually screamed like little children! Best example of horror in a game I've seen so far, though I'd be concerned at how it could keep that up for a few hours.
I like this about push square! It's a very un-casual approach not sure I would have made this my pick, but it does force you to think outside the box. Thinking back, this actually was one of the better and unique experiences this year on PS4
As much as I enjoy this site and it's rampant fascination with the holding of platforms, I'm rather disheartened to see a barely-interactive tech demo beating Dragon Age and damn-near any other game released on the, wait for it ......., platform.
Feeling lazy today, boys?
@mitcHELLspawn uh which objectively amazing blockbuster ps4 title do you suggest? COD? Octodad? MK?....
@NicolaHayden exactly. Tech/engine demo, not necessarily the game/story demo.
This is the exact reason I come to Push Square. They think it holds its own and they voted on it. Provides a much more varied read than the bog standard I see on every other website on the net.
@LDXD @ferrers405 @mitcHELLspawn I think it's opposite of bad taste. In many things this game looks and plays like MMORPG, than single player RPG. And that's what I really don't like about it. I want engaging single player experience instead of this grinding crap fest.
@LDXD How can you know that this is nothing like mmo if you don't like mmos? Did you try to do some sides? Close 1000 rift portals, gather 10 000 shards and 100 000 stones and flowers. Yeah, very single player. And dat Skyhold is like tower from Destiny or village from Monster Hunter. Single player rpgs are about story, not about gather 10 of this, 7 of that on every coner.
Surely this is just a publicity stunt...(?)
Guess it really was a slow year for the PS4 :C
Um, shouldn't a vote for "GAME of the year" go to an actual......well, ya know......GAME?!
Good to see the Push Square staff finally admits that the PS4 had a rough year, software wise. Because other than the staff drinking an excessive amount of booze before posting this article, I have no idea why a DEMO should get a silver trophy in a "GAME of the year" vote.
With this way of thinking.....my 2011 GOTY vote goes to.......Dead Island. Ya gotta love that trailer!! So emotional!
Btw, how did that game turn out? Too soon?
@Rapidaz More than The Last of Us remastered or Outlast? Not sure about that one.
Looks like the readers don't agree with this article lol
@ShogunRok @get2sammyb I think us 2 things.
1. People not understanding the process if probably a part of the frustration/disagreement.
2. The fact that it's technically a demo, even though it's a REALLY GOOD ONE! still rubs people the wrong way.
Maybe this just shows that their should be another category for Demos/betas/trials. I agree with all the marks that P.T. hit, top notch game coming up but like everyone said...
@get2sammyb I'm on board. P.T. Was a gripping experience. I can't think of another game that was as emotionaly charged.
I would agree that, had this been a better year for gaming, P.T. probably would not have been considered for a game of the year award, or might not have got enough votes to make the list. That said, P.T. for all that it's primary purpose is as a teaser to announce Silence Hills is still a game and a pretty damn gripping and atmospheric one throughout its short length. It's surprise release and surprising purpose definitely makes it one of the major highlights of what was otherwise mostly hum-drum year for the PS4 and gaming in general.
@Gemuarto MH 😢 come back to PS, your home
@Gemuarto The scope of Inquisition is so big that you can actually choose the "level of grinding" you wanna have.
Do you wanna go after each dragon and then craft an armor with their scale? you can do that.
You wanna get all the herbs and cover your characters in potions? you can.
You wanna periodically check each market for some masterpieces to buy? you can.
You can, but you don't have to. I personally don't give a damn about potions, still being able to face any enemies, cos I carefully choose wich companion comes with me each time. But you can also just keep always the same three and upgrade them all the time. Or you can do all the subquest collecting tons of xp points upgrading them all. It is nothing like MMO. It is a very good single player experience so flexible and dynamic that each gamethrough can be totally different from each other. It is a very classic western rpg, so maybe the question is if you like that or not. But definitely not a grindfest. Nothing compared to a Destiny-rubbish....
It's damn good, and an interesting insight, though I'd have to say I disagree, albeit in the most respectful of ways. Still a preview of what's to come, even if it's a little game in its own way, and an amazing one at that.
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