Those who have been reading past articles of mine may have noticed that I covered Song of Horror a lot as the premise of the game caught my attention and got my spooky meter going as I do love a good scary game. The wait is over and I can now finally say a big thank you to Protocol Games and Raiser Games for the opportunity to review! Now let’s see if the long wait was worth it!
Song of Horror follows 13 playable characters as they investigate the mysterious disappearance of famed mystery writer Sebastian P. Husher and his family. The investigation immediately goes out of control as the disappearances revolve around a mysterious music box and an otherworldly entity known simply as the Presence is responsible and has ensnared the investigators as well.
If you are a fan of the old-school survival horror games, this is for you! Immediately you will notice that the game is set up in the old-school 3rd-person fixed-camera style gameplay like the old classics of the earlier “Resident Evil” “Silent Hill” and “Alone in the Dark” games.
Controls for the game runs smoothly once you get the handle of them, there are tutorials that pop up and you can go back to them whenever you want, which is always a plus, especially if you play a little here and there.
The sound design is awesome and creepy! You will definitely need a good pair of headphones for this one as every sound you hear may potentially be a sign of danger, and of course, at moments of random scares helps make you jump a bit too. There is voice acting but unfortunately, some of the characters could have been improved acting-wise.
Overall gameplay is amazing. The permadeath mechanic used in the game helps add to the tension and caution of exploration as paying attention to hints about dangers within the level is a must as well as seeing if your curiosity will get the best of you… like it did me.
Another great aspect of the game is the difficulty settings, I really liked the creative way the devs did this, they named them after authors of horror, E.T.A. Hoffmann (Story mode), M.R. James (casual), Edgar Allan Poe (Normal), and H.P. Lovecraft (Hard).
Overall Song of Horror gives veteran horror gamers a taste of the old school kind of scares and chills that we all loved with a mix of exploration and puzzle-solving as well but with something a bit new like the advance AI that learns from the player’s actions in order to stalk and scare them, making every gameplay unique! With the spooky season approaching, Song of Horror is definitely a game you would want to play in the dark with the volume turned up!
On my scale of 1-10, Song of Horror is a solid 10 and can be enjoyed now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.