Visage released on October 30, 2020 from game developer SadSquare Studio. It was funded via the crowdfunding website Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight Campaigns. Visage takes its inspiration from the famous but canceled P.T. game that had previously been announced in 2014. 

What would you do if you woke up from a terrible nightmare to find yourself with little memory locked in a house? Welcome to Visage….

PLOT

Throughout my playtime with Visage, I have gathered that we are trying to determine what happened in the house that we are apparently trapped. As I progressed, I unlocked doors and unraveled mysteries. However, every mystery that I unlocked seemed to lead to a further mystery. I have not gotten to the end yet and I am still working on it. I found myself unable to stop playing because I kept saying to myself just a little bit longer, I want to see what happens next, or let me unlock that door and discover what’s hiding behind it. 

GAMEPLAY

Visage, is a first-person survival psychological horror game. It starts off with a bang, or actually six bangs. Then you wake up not knowing if what you just witnessed was a psychotic dream or horrible nightmare reality. As you play you find keys, which unlock doors and safes throughout the game. As you unlock doors you can open new chapters to play. The entire time you never feel like you are alone in this house and I found myself expecting to turn around and see someone behind me. While playing through the chapters you uncover clues that lead to a better understanding of what is going on. I got a serious Babadook vibe while playing. 

PROS

If you like psychological horror survival games, then this is right up your alley. Visage knows what it is and states it right up front. It is a difficult game that many players will find challenging. The prize being the story is definitely, worth it though. One thing that I loved about Visage, is that it kept me wanting more.  I just wanted to know the story what happened to the family. Who was Lucy’s friend? Questions that I still pondered after turning the game off. 

CONS

Gameplay is tough, but to be fair the developers do state that right up front when you first load into the game. It is a bit time consuming and some of the puzzles take time and a bit of luck to figure out exactly what to do next. I am not saying that takes away from the experience, but I did find myself stump as to what I should do next in a few places. It is a bit slow going and some players may be turned off by that. 

THE VERDICT

Visage is a good story told through a good game. It uses the atmosphere to build tension and the soundtrack is eerie.  I would say that Visage is worth playing simply to experience the story.  

 

RATING 7 out of 10

 

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About the Author: Derek Brown

Derek Brown is a caring father, a loving husband. He has been writing since before the dawn of time, or since he was old enough to learn how. He has self-published one book already, Until the End, which will be enjoying a paperback release in late 2017. As a result of the screaming voices in his head he has almost finished his second book, An untitled collection of short horror stories and dark twisted poems. When he isn’t being tormented by the demonic voices he is a full-time nurse. Derek is probably the biggest, Bob’s Burger’s Fan to ever write horror stories. He also somehow manages to find time to Cosplay as, Batman, The Dark Knight and can been seen cheering up the faces of children at hospitals and schools. As if he wasn’t busy enough he also does photography on the side. Horror photographs will be coming soon. He also enjoys video games, watching movies (sometimes directing short films),
By Published On: January 13, 2021Categories: Game Reviews, GamesComments Off on Visage