When I first heard of this game, I saw it on a post on Twitter showing testing of the combat animation and was instantly taken in by the look (though it was roughly done) but now Tormented Souls has been unleashed and PQube was amazing enough to let me have a look-see at their game that touts its bringing back classic survival horror.
Tormented Souls follows Caroline Walker, a young woman who was suddenly called on to visit an abandoned mansion that is also a hospital, upon arriving she is knocked out and wakes up in a nightmarish scenario where twisted creatures roam the halls and her only weapon is a nail gun.
The controls of the game are very smooth and can be mastered quite quickly and handle very much like the classic survival horror games we grew up on! No surprise as the game is heavily inspired by “Resident Evil” and “Silent Hill”, which you definitely see a lot of SH in this game!
The combat mechanics of the game is very much like the old-school horror games that add more tension to the fight as the game’s camera is fixed and at times at awkward angles making aiming a bit tricky (there is a bit of aim assistance).
The graphics of the game are amazing! The light engine really adds character to the setting and creepy vibes as well which pairs well with my next point, the sound. The sound design and musical score of the game fit the classic look and feel of survival horror.
The save system is a lot like the old Resident Evil games where you need an item to use at save points, in this case, it’s a tape recorder with a tape.
Overall Tormented Souls is a beautifully done nostalgic trip into the world of survival horror that’s been missing in more recent games, it said it was bringing it back and it did to my satisfaction! On my scale of 1-10, it’s an 8.5 as the game could use a bit more jump scares and a difficulty setting.
Tormented Souls is out now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox X/S, Steam, and Nintendo Switch.