Developer Vertical Reach has today announced its PS1-style survival horror game The Tartarus Key will be releasing for PS4 on 31st May 2023. A new trailer can be viewed above, which should whet the appetite of classic Resident Evil and Silent Hill fans. Told from the first-person perspective, you'll play as Alex, whose wound up in a mansion full of wonderfully convoluted puzzles and traps.
The game's story is said to be at the heart of the experience, alongside its brain teasers. A press release sets the scene: "The last thing Alex remembers is being alone in her apartment. Suddenly, she's awoken in a dark and deadly mansion, with a stranger's voice crackling through a walkie-talkie and cameras following her every move. When Alex realizes she's not the only one caught up in this nightmare, she sets off to discover who—or what—is lurking in the shadows..."
It doesn't sound like there'll be much in the way of combat, and details from the studio essentially rule out any chase sequences. "As Alex, explore every dreadful corridor, escape complex rooms using brains over brawn, meet fellow captives relying on you to survive, and unlock the mansion’s many lethal riddles." Off the back of Tormented Souls, this looks like another classic survival horror experience fans of the genre will want to keep an eye on. It's out for PS4 on 31st May 2023.
Are you interested? Keep the survival horror renaissance going in the comments below.
Am I interested? Hell yes!
The PS1 graphical style really suits horror imo. It leaves just enough to the imagination to give it that edge (an essential feature in horror).
If this tickles anyone's fancy then I'd also recommend checking out Puppet Combo's games:
They're each about a fiver off the store and although they're short, that's quite a steal 😌
And here we go, what I was dreading for. After the (imo) great 16-bit nostalgia and a plethora of pixel-art games, the next generation of gamers/developpers are bringing the PS1-era 3D graphics nostalgia.
And oh my god how I don't want to go back to that time! While I acknowledge the importance of these first steps in the 3D gaming space, the games from that time look absolutely terrible and are completely unplayable.
Game devs, please, just skip the nostalgia of that time (or at least go the remake route like Final Fantasy VII or the Resident Evil games)!
It's a shame it isn't 3rd person but it still looks good.
Bring back Clock Tower!!!
Mhhhhhmm check please!
This looks really atmospheric and entriguing, I am definitely up for playing this!
I seem to really like jank-horror, so I'll check this out
If you like this kind of game, please, try Alisa. I hope someday Alise comes to consoles too.
@Olmaz Dont 90% of the games will be what you want not every game needs to be for you alone. Dont want no problem dont buy it.
@Flaming_Kaiser Never underestimate the power of trends. I can guarantee you these PS1-3D-style games will proliferate exponentially in the next 3 to 5 years, with glorious reviews from most outlets, even if in fact most people will never finish them, only playing them in part using their subscription...
Now, you're right not every game will be like that, but I'm just sad that so much creative indie potential will be wasted on a nostalgia that is, in my view quite unnecessary.
Yes but have it be Glock Tower instead.
it will be the exact same but Scissorman just shoots at ya with glocks
This was hard when I was young, I really hope they cleaned it up a bit.
@LordOfTurnips just don't make a sequel titled "Co** Tower" you git it?
@PSXDave what would the sequel to that be called? Cumsock Tower?
Tap here to load 13 comments
Leave A Comment
Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...