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“The Park” is a short narrative horror game (approx 3-4 hours’ gameplay) set in a derelict theme park. Seeking your son who has run ahead of you and has vanished out of sight. As you search for him, you’ll start to unravel the history of the park as well as begin to experience more of the horrors within both the park and yourself. It’s a game that probably merits the unfortunate tag “walking simulator” similar to Firewatch but in a positive way. It doesn’t feel forced in any way.
The game is VERY atmospheric. If you’ve ever wanted to explore a terrifying amusement park after-hours but don’t have the guts to in real life and because it’s highly illegal I’m sure, this is the game for you! There are a few jump-scares but they are executed well and in no way cheap or tacky. A great play for fans of games like ‘Outlast’ and ‘Amnesia’ although not as hands-on as these. The graphics are fantastic and the environments once inside the park are amazing visually.
The ending may leave you a little angry or left in the dark about what happens, but I can’t help but this that is deliberate and the creators plan on making another installment to the franchise. But the story is pretty good.
This brings us to the question everybody wants answered. Is it worth it? Personally, I think it’s slightly short for the price, but the experience is worth it if you enjoyed games like the previously mentioned FireWatch. Overall I’m happy with the game but as for replay value, it’s pretty low. At the price point of 12.99 on steam I would probably wait a little if you aren’t sure you like this style of gameplay.
The Park drops on Playstation 4 and Xbox One on May 3rd.
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