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I Played: Simulacra (Spoiler Free)

Genre: FMV Horror.

Developer: Kaigan Games

Publisher: Wales Interactive

Platforms: IOS, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC.

I played this game on the PlayStation 4.

One of my fears in the age of technology is losing my phone. It’s my watch, calendar, bank card, as well as my phone. It has so much information within its small frame, I would be lost without it. If a stranger were to find my phone, they could access so much information about me and aspects of myself within its files.

As you start the game you can look through a phone you’ve found, which belongs to someone called Anna. If you take a look through the various conversations on her messenger apps, you see conversations of varying tones.

As you go through the game, you realise that Anna has gone missing and it is up to you to work with the contacts in her phone to locate her.

Of course, it isn’t simple, this is a horror game.

As you go through the information on her phone, you’ll soon see that Anna’s phone isn’t working properly. It glitches and that is followed by abrupt and unnerving noises.

The deeper you get into the game, the more eery it becomes, then you’ll start to realise you aren’t in control of the situation as much as you think you are.

I won’t spoil anything, but I’ll say, you need to play this game with headphones for the best experience.

Anna, where are you?

The game has an interesting plot and characters to support that, at many points in the story, I found myself feeling supportive of some characters to outright suspecting others of being involved with Anna’s disappearance of sorts.

I also enjoyed the branching options the game had, it has so much replay value and so much hidden within it.

Real suspicious, Greg!

The voice acting was also hilarious. I’m not sure if it was intended to be this way, but it reminded me of the voice acting from games like the original Resident Evil B movie vibe.

There were aspects of the game I didn’t like, however. There were typos, some could be chalked up to “texting language” others were obvious grammatical errors. It wasn’t enough to break immersion, but it was enough to catch my attention and draw it away from the game briefly.

The game would also crash for me every so often, it never crashed during any save points, thankfully, but it was very frustrating as I found myself getting drawn into the game, just for it to crash, then I’d have to work my way back to where I was.

A lack of a manual save feature was also a little frustrating, being able to save at certain points during subsequent play throughs would have been great during the trophy clean up, but that’s just a minor inconvenience.

This game is worth playing, it has so much to offer if you’re after a horror experience outside of the usual zombie/monster games on the market.

Photo by Cristian Dina on Pexels.com

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I'm Stacey and I'm 29 years old. I write about life, mental health, video games & everything in between!

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