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This is a rather early reviewish post. I played through Episode 1 last night, and must say that the creepy factor seemed very low. It just was not scary at all.

The collection factor was high lol. I find it rather entertaining that there are SO many collectibles in this game. There are times when I hate collectibles with a passion and other times when I like them. This game has both. The manuscript collectibles are really interesting, its a nice touch that they are voiced over (so when you pull up the manuscript to read it Alan reads it to you) and they serve as a foreshadowing at some points, blatant give aways in others and backstory elsewhere. Then there are the pointless collectibles. Like those dang thermoses.

The light vs dark aspect is interesting, the combat is made fun and challenging because you have to take down the enemy's "armor of darkness" before you can attack. I can see it getting very hard and difficult to keep up with when faced with more than 2 or 3 enemies. The enemies are pretty relentless (I'm playing on hard). I do feel that it is a little late in the videogame era to STILL have enemies that throw improvised weapons at you (such as a scythe) and then magically pull an infinite amount out of their back pockets.

The camera is good IMO, but its a little over sensitive. Sometimes it feels like I'm literally throwing the camera around to nauseating effect. Since the flashlight is tied to the camera, combat gets very tunnel vision. You have to point the light (and the camera) at one enemy at a time, thus leaving you blinded to any others that are around. I'm sure it will be easier as I learn the play the game more, but it is also positive cause it can make for some very intense moments.

The lip synching in this game is TERRIBLE, absolutely ATROCIOUS. It really is the worst thing ever. There was one point where Alice was talking and she said an entire sentence, perfectly enunciated, through a very toothy smile with only her bottom lip quivering a couple times. Its a minor flaw but it is a very jarring one. Its painfully obvious.

The dialog is hit and miss. At times it felt forced, unrealistic and B movie. At others it was near perfection. Then there were times where it literally made no sense at all. There are radios scattered around the town that you can listen to and hear a talk show. Its late at night (the hour is undisclosed, but the DJ makes it seem to be very late, like early AM late) and someone calls in to report their dog missing and people should keep an eye out for him. Didn't make sense to me either.

On the whole I'd give it a solid B. The overall atmosphere (while not all that creepy) is wonderful and it looks like a well polished, very interesting game with minor issues. Very much looking forward to playing more into it.

It would seem I'm posting Zippy style today...

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