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BlackSoul: Extended Edition
"BlackSoul: Extended Edition" is an old school survival horror game with an intriguing story set in England in 1972: people have been turned into psychotic killers by an unknown infection and you must try to help Ava and Sean survive in the quarantined area and find out the truth.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (94 reviews) - 36% of the 94 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 26, 2014

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"An old-school third person survival horror game. Developed by XenosVision."

## June 11

Hi everyone,

BlackSoul version 1.2 is now live.

With this new update we finally managed to remove all those remaining boring loading screens from the game, both for Ava and Sean.

Next is coming soon.

Thanks for your support and stay tuned.

# Update 1.1.3 - Sean gameplay

Hi,

we managed to remove almost all of the boring loading screens you run into playing as Sean...keep working on the remaining.

Log update:

"BlackSoul: Extended Edition" is an old school survival horror game with an intriguing story set in England in 1972: people have been turned into psychotic killers by an unknown infection and you must try to help Ava and Sean survive in the quarantined area and find out the truth. You won't spend all your time on a killing spree, but you'll need to solve many puzzles which will challenge you.

Forget any government research labs in which they're working on some kind of ultimate weapon; instead think of something much sadder and crueler...and even if the story is not based on truth, we'll tell you about some events that really happened in the mid century.

## System Requirements

Minimum:
• OS: Xp SP3, 7 and Vista
• Processor: 2.8Ghz dual core
• Memory: 2 GB RAM
• Graphics: 512Mb with OpenGL 3.0 ( Intel chipset not supported )
• Hard Drive: 3200 MB available space
• Additional Notes: low budget graphics might not work - Windows 8 is not officially supported
15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
43.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
One of the most enjoyable games I've played in recent memory. It is absolutely riddled with flaws but it manages to be a great game regardless of them. If you can get used to them and treat them as 'rules' the flaws don't overcome all the love with which this game was designed, and the more work they do on the game, the more easily recommended it becomes. The awful load times are *gone* now. I imagine they contributed hugely to the low score on this one, but they've been fixed.

No official controller support. That's mandatory in a game like this. I played with Xpadder but there should be integrated support already. Xpadder needs to be run as administrator and it can still be a bit wonky.

Now, who's the game meant for is people that are fans of the original Resident Evil games. I see some Silent Hill in here as well but mainly Resident Evil. If you're familiar with them you can tell by my Steam avatar that I'm fond of Resident Evil. My favourites in fact. What that means for thi game is something similar to fixed cameras, and it operates with tank controls. Many people have criticised the controls of Resident Evil for being poor, but they're very finely tuned (besides the very first game in 1996) and carefully designed; they just take a whole lot of getting used to. Unfortunately, Black Soul's are not a good. The truth is it's the camera. People are mainly thrown by the camera in Resident Evil and that's the case here. The trouble is Resident Evil's cameras are perfectly designed (from Resident Evil 2 on; the 1996 game had abysmal cameras), so it's really a matter of getting used to them. Black Soul's camera is not well designed. But I got used to it. There's an over-the-shoulder camera as well but don't play it that way, please. Makes it boring. Live a little and get acclimated to the regular camera.

The mystery is compelling, both in gameplay and story. Unfortunately, though the story is generally well done (despite being done nigh entirely in documents) the finale doesn't quite deliver. Worth playing to the end, though.

A huge difference between this and Resident Evil is the lack of auto-aim. *Usually* it's not a problem, per se, but I'd have preferred a different sort of combat. This takes far more getting used to for people not accustomed to fixed cameras, although I wish there were a lot more properly fixed camera angles, supplemented by the auto-aim of Resident Evil. The way it's done now is a 'cinematographic' camera that follows you from a sort of weird (but workable) angle for nearly all areas where there's combat, and the fixed angles are largely reserved for non-combat areas.

Combat system is lacking but combat is clearly not the focus of the game. It works well enough, but I prefer classic Resident Evil. A chief problem I do have with it is that if you run past a bunch of enemies, so long as they're aware of you you can't interact with any thing but doors (actually, I think you can pick up health and ammo). This makes combat essentially necessary in many cases where I'd have just called the lift and left.

My other main problem is I wish saving were a bit less exploitable. Game's a bit too easy this way.

And last is the map. I appreciate what they were trying to do, and if you follow the map from the beginning of an area it's grand, but if you try to pick up in the middle of one of these maze-like sections you'll have some trouble. I'm conflicted on this.

If you like classic Resident Evil, get this game. Really.
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
A solid old-school survival horror game. It is not a ripoff of Resident Evil, but more of a tribute to the PS1 versions. It takes many elements from classics like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Alone in the Dark, but is still unique enough to stand alone. It has challenging puzzles, some that will make you think for a bit, but all are logical. The combat is rough around the edges, but once you get use to it, it functions well enough. The Devs have been posting updates recently, and most of the previous complaints have been, or will be soon fixed. A very impressive effort went into this game, considering it was made by two people.
Their are minor grammatical, and spelling errors, but the Devs are Italian, so it is to be expected from a non-English speaker. Nothing that affects the game in any way. The flaws are all minor, but the charm and atmosphere easily make up for it. If you are a big fan of 90s survival horror, this is a true spiritual successor to those classics. I wish the Devs the best of luck, and thank them for an amazing and enjoyable experience.
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
This game looked good to me but got mainly negative responds, so I figured out I'd buy and see for myself, specially considering the cost. Here is what I have found.

Gameplay/playability: After the last update most of the annoying loading screens have been fixed, which is a good thing since it appeared to be the most annoying topic. Launcher acts weirdly at startup but then the game runs smooth. Also I had minor troubles capturing the screen when I tried streaming this game. Remapping keys is tricky, since I have found options to remap forward\backward movement, but not left\right, but as long as you don't hate WSAD you'll feel comfortable. Cinematic screen has been said to be a pain, but tracking mode makes it close to RE 4\5\6 games. Fights don't seem difficult on the highest available on first walkthrough level to me, but I think I'm just playing fine-ish. Puzzles are very appealing, require imagination but not designed to keep you at one place for ages.

Visuals\style gets very high grade from me. If you price high-res textures and modern visual effects, this definitely won't work for you since technically the graphics is somewhere at resident evil 2 level. On the other hand, if you can bear that, I think overall level design is catchy and stylish, pretty well made (you don't expect to see things like lens flares in a game like this, but they are there).

Sound\atmosphere is overall haunting and much better than were my expectations for it. Probably the hardest thing to compare to other games, but I think it is done pretty good.

Story: I'm sorry, I haven't gone too far to make a judgment on that.

Summary: This game is what it claims to be--an old-style survival horror. Those always had few issues so unless you're really willing to trash this game down for some reason I don't see any point in bringing it up, 'cause it is still more playable than most of games coming out lately. Closest game on all aspects that comes to mind is Alone in the dark 3, from recent games--Resident Evil Remastered (which loses to BlackSoul on almost every aspect in my opinion). Complete steal for it's price and one of the nicest games I've played recently.
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
128.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
I feel like if you wanna make a fair review you should finish the game first and give your opinion later.
I can say that this game have some features and influences from other old games and I am glad that even the game didn't became a sucess, at least the devs tried to give a shot and made me feel some nostalgia from the past.
This game is not recommended for people who never played (or don't appreciate) a horror games like Silent Hill 1, Resident Evil 1,2 and 3, Alone in the dark 1, and so on, basically, old games.
Ok let's start then...

Positive:
- Background Music
- Amazing details inside mansions
- Lightning
- Interesting puzzles
- Long gameplay (Aprox. 8-10 hours 1st time playing)

Negative:
- Amount of enemies (to much in my opinion)
- Combat system (every bite means you need antidote. It doesn't matter if you point to the head or to the foot because damage will be the same. Hard to avoid bites sometimes no matter what)
- Not enough supplies (antidote)
- Lack of story
- The maps don't mean nothing to me, hard to understand
- To much back and forward (Like you are in the hospital and you have to go all the way back to the farm house.. )
- The game crash a lot, to finish my walkthrough guide I was always praying that the game won't crash when loading
- Ending is very disappointing

Points to improve:
I really appreciate the fact that the devs removed the big loadings inside the game but there is something more that I would like to add...
- Removing the amount of enemies,
- Nicer maps for cemetery and hospital, like in Silent Hill
- Improve battle system
- Put as default the option tracking mode (easier for beginners)
- Extend the ending or make a different one, please
6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
very similar to old-skool resident evil.

my favorite thing is you can change the camera from old skool resident evil style like in code veronica where the camera follows you but switches at certain points, or you can make it just like resident evil 4, over the shoulder.

the atmosphere is even similar to older resident evil. it has the creepy eerie feeling to it that you got when playing resident evil 1-3.

the zombies look awesome and so far are traditional walkers.

the graphics are to my liking, not the best graphics in the world but they work beautifully for this game.

there are puzzles that are just like what you'd see in resident evil. find the knob to this door, find the key for that, what's missing here? etc.

finding ammo, weapons, keys, etc are just like resident evil.

if you liked the older resident evil games at all, then you will love this. or if you never played them but like survival horror games then get this.

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CONS:
controls are easy to use, but it takes a minute to get used to. perhaps they need to add side stepping. you can turn with the mouse, and the keys WASD are to move around but A and D turn you, unlike most games, but i can already turn with the mouse, i keep using A and D to move around corners as i would in other games but keep forgetting it doesn't do what i want lol. not game breaking at all though.
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despite the few cons this game has it is still very fun and a great game.

don't listen to any other reviewers that give this game a bad rating, they don't know what they are talking about.