War is Hell, and so is the human mind, but when both collide, how can one tell one nightmare from another? This is what awaits players in Ad Infinitum. I’ve been keeping an eye on this game since I became the Gamer Guy here at Horror Fuel, and now that it’s finally here, you can bet I’m all over it! I want to give Hekate Studio and NACON a big thank you for sending over a copy!
In Ad Infinitum, a young, troubled German soldier is living a nightmare that’s taking him back and forth between the trenches of WWI, and his family’s Berlin mansion. Along with reliving the horror of what he saw in combat and the war within his household, he is also facing otherworldly terrors.
Now, on to the game itself! Ad Infinitum‘s controls remind me a lot of the Amnesia games with how you interact with the game’s environment, so it’s easy to learn and remember the controls. When it comes to the game’s art, I was pleasantly surprised that the graphics shown in the trailers are in the final cut of the game! I love the lighting engine and how it’s used to make the mansion forboading with minimal lighting, and keeping the trenches on the battlefront well lit but hard to make out monsters in the distance.
When it comes to Ad Infinitum‘s sound, headphones are a must! The haunting ambiance within the mansion and the haunting sounds of trench warfare keep you on your toes. I also love the sound design for the creatures! The soundtrack is pretty decent as well, as it helps set the tone for certain scenes within the game.
When it comes to Ad Infinitum‘s gameplay, it’s very reminiscent of games like Amnesia and, in a way, Layers of Fear. You explore, solve puzzles, find lore to help explain what’s going on, and trust me in Ad Infinitum, I’m still trying to figure that out (Am I dead or not?!). At times, you will have to use stealth to get past enemies and find places to hide if they notice you (or outrun them!).
Overall, I enjoy Ad Infinitum! It’s intriguing, it’s spooky, It’s mind-bending, it’s fun. I can’t say anything bad about this game, except, for a few times, there seemed to be a rendering issue with some portions of the trenches in one level. On my scale of 1-10, Ad Infinitum is a 9.5 as it’s not quiet on the western front, and it’s just in time for the spooky season!
Ad Infinitum is out now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.