Outlast. Layers of Fear. Visage. Maid of Sker. Amnesia. PT. If you've played any one of these games, you've essentially already experienced MADiSON. Replicating the familiar mould of indie horror games released throughout the PS4 generation, very little sets the Bloodious Games project apart.
Waking up in some decrepit house with a demon on your tail, you'll perform the typical tasks of solving puzzles through environmental clues and matching up items with the unusual contraptions they correspond to. You'll have free reign of the house, unlocking new rooms as you go and encountering ever-escalating brain teasers. Limited inventory space then makes you pick and choose the items you carry on your person, with unwanted wares stored in the safe to cut down on backtracking. Sound familiar?
The one thing MADiSON does differently is its camera. Not the player-controlled camera, but rather the one protagonist Luca holds in his hands. The old-school device is used during specific puzzles to change and modify them, revealing new clues or interaction points after taking pictures.
While it is a neat mechanic that suggests there could always be an extra layer to any single puzzle, it can become frustrating when there's not. The game occasionally succumbs to that all too familiar feeling in horror games where you've got a bunch of items to use and a load of puzzles to solve, but nothing seems to be matching up.
As you're wandering the house, it doesn't do a particularly good job of keeping you on edge either. You'll hear noises off in the distance and objects — like the telephone — will seemingly turn themselves on and off at random, but you'll quickly acquaint yourself with the title's tricks. At least scripted sequences provide more effective jump scares as the demon stalks you and manipulates the environment.
One more fiend you'll need to contend with — that's more of the unexpected kind — is the frame rate, which constantly hitches. It's relatively smooth most of the time, but evidently at random, the screen will freeze to a crawl for a second. Sometimes quickly occurring one after another, it's an obvious technical flaw.
Maybe you'll find something to like if you've never played a horror game like this before, but for anyone well-versed in the genre, the ground MADiSON covers is very well-worn.
These devs are really starting to suck with these walking simulator borefests. I'm still shocked how no one has taken any type of inspiration from Fatal Frame's camera gameplay. I know its still basically "shooting" but it was great having the enemy be directly in your face to get a crit shot.
As much as I wish I could collect every horror game, the fact this is just so similar in its makeup to all those other titles definitely puts it right at the back of the queue. Especially as there's recently been some rather unique alternatives or titles that pretty effectively emulate the 'big boys' of horror, such as Fobia. Shame.
Removed - current gen piracy/emulation
Kinda seems like something that will hit PS plus at some stage I just wish Project Zero would go on sale at some stage
I think this review is not very accurate. The other pages give it 9, 9.5, 8.
Better try it to decide.
Looks like something I'd like a lot. Plus made by 2 guys over 5 years, something worth supporting. Don't know if I'll pick it up for PS5 or Switch yet though.
@nico013 Interesting 🤔 after reading more of these reviews this does actually seem like something I'd want to try... Not something I usually do for these types but I think I'll check out some gameplay
This is the third indie horror in 3 weeks! With Fobia and Oxide room 104. There's been the quarry too. Slow down with the horror games guys!
Yeah I think this is when it becomes arbitrary reviewing things on a scale. I love horror games and comb through itch.io every few days looking for them. I think this will be much more than a 5 for me.
Wow, Push Square is really starting to stand out for all the outlier reviews. This is getting 8s and 9s from most outlets
@nico013 While it is an outlier for sure, this is the writer's opinion, so to say it's "not very accurate" doesn't make sense
@Nepp67 let's see you make a game sweetie
@Gloamin yet you want assassin's creed, resident evil to be the same old thing
@ColKojakSlapheadIII here's a solution don't play them
@Zombiechris What. Me? How do you know that about me and why are you being so aggy? 😂
Did you even see my second comment? I made a judgement based on this review and then opened my mind after reading others and seeing some gameplay. Sorry if I offended you. Although theres no need for all the personal judgements here.
I look forward to playing this one eventually.
How is the FOV in this, or does it have a slider? Curious as I do love horror games like this, but unfortunately some of them makes me motion sick due to horrible FOV.
Yeah, this is getting stellar reviews outside of this one. Lowest outside of this one I’ve seen is an 8 and there’s a lot of 9s. Way lower here than everyone else. Sounds amazing from the other reviews I’ve read. Shacknews said it was one of the best horror games they’ve ever played. I’m in!
@Gloamin oh ok boo and make sure bring your camera
@Zombiechris have you played/ completed it? If so, how was it?
@Gloamin I don't have it but seen some people play it on twitch on twitch and looks good and interesting to me
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