Verfasst: 20. Juli 2014
I hate to write this review, I really do. The world needs more serious horror titles like this that are story and atmosphere-based as opposed to action games with horror themes.
The problem here is twofold.
1. They forgot to actually create a game around the story. Finding items precious to the orphans? Fine. Putting them on their graves to free them? Awesome. Putting those graves at random in a massive maze with very few identifying marks and no way to mark your progress? Yeah, massive mistake. That's just not fun. Using standard maze navigation tactics accomplish nothing, because you aren't looking for one goal or exit, you're looking for a dozen. The no-inventory rule is fine as well, forcing you to carry one item at a time. But ONLY if you can actually locate your destination.
2. They lack the technical skill to make an engine that supports the kind of game they want to make. It's clunky, and while it looks okay with details cranked up in the settings, the actual physics of it all are horrible. You drop things at random, and have to scramble around to see where they fell among extremely busy textures. You have no interactive options except with 'hot' items. You can't move small objects to get around them, you can't jump, it's all very 1996.
The end result is that it's just no fun. The Huntsman is designed well. I like the idea of the slow, inevitable stalker-like villain. The story is interesting, the acting is good, the way the ghosts interact with your smartphone is clever. None of that can counteract the tedious nature of the game. It defies common sense and logic: if you were really trying to navigate a maze and were somehow incapable of carrying more than one small item at a time, you'd figure out SOME way to mark progress in the maze. Breadcrumbs, whatever. Drawing out a map. SOMETHING. Nobody would just wander around lost, repeatedly. The building is full of potato sacks, but you never grab one to carry these items in. It's all just a way to draw out what amounts to an extremely small game. You could blow through this in two hours if you could carry more than one item.
I wish the devs would have consulted with more experienced designers in the development of the game. Just a handful of other environments, a smaller maze, and an increased limit of carrying such as three items would have made the difference between an atomspheric movie-you-play-through and a game that's effectively a spooky version of taking out the trash.