Title: the devil in me
Developer: Supermassive games
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games America
Platforms: PlayStation 5 (reviewed on), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows
Release date: November 18, 2022
Since Until dawn, Supermassive Games has had the bar moved up, down and sideways in terms of the quality of similar games they have put out. From underneath (man from Medan) to high (The Quarry), they have increased their quality with each release of The Anthology of Dark Pictures. Not only their quality, but it seems that Supermassive has listened to the players and improved the game mechanics. With the release of The Quarry, they seemed to have reached the pinnacle of quality. From here it runs smoothly. Unfortunately there was only one way and that was now. Let me introduce you to the latest entry The Dark Pictures Anthology… The Devil Inside Me.
the devil in me follows a group of five filmmakers who are invited to a recreation of HH Holmes’ murderous castle on an island. The mansion’s owner, Granthem Du’Met, is extremely private, telling the group that they can film on condition of his face and nothing of him is filmed. Almost immediately upon arrival, Du’Met and his daughter stalk the island without telling anyone, leaving the group alone with a strange faceless man wandering the grounds and hallways. What begins as an opportunity for the filmmakers to legitimize their work with footage of a historical haunted house evolves into an actual haunted house. Hallways are full of traps and walls move to create disorientation.
Unfortunately, the surrounding area is about as interesting as the devil in me receives. Believe me, as soon as I saw that this episode was about HH Holmes, the murderino in me jumped with joy. Monsters, vampires and government experiments are scary, but there’s something about America’s first serial killer that will give you real goosebumps. The game seemingly starts in the past (or is it just the documentary) and then ends in the present with the most unlikely group of people you will ever meet.
The shitty nature of these characters could be the reason this game is such a failure. in the the quarry, I decided on different characters and vowed that if my darling dies, I’ll stop playing (he’s alive, by the way). in the the devil in me, I literally didn’t care if anyone off the island made it. Whether it’s megalomania, a salacious attitude, a tearful demeanor, or just plain boredom, these characters are so boring they think salt is hot.
Supermassive has attempted to incorporate rudimentary inventory systems into this installment, with each character having their own special “abilities”. By abilities I mean that a character has a card that can open drawers, use camera gear to reach high places, etc. I know they’re trying something different, but it ended up being ok. Worse, it seems the mechanics have gone back to WORSE than in man from Medan.
Walking around is a chore for any character you play because no matter who they are, they’ll have the sense of direction of a drunk sorority girl. Buttons don’t work half the time you tell them to, and every action sequence (like climbing something) features our “beloved” group of filmmakers with the dead, glassy eyes of a shark. It’s unsettling to say the least. I’ve seen better facial expressions in old episodes of goose flesh from the 90’s (if you know, you know). The environment art for the manor makes for a really beautiful and spooky place that would be really scary to walk around and explore. However, the glitzy and blocky character movements, monotonous puzzles, and boring dialogue ruin what could be great.
the devil in me had so much potential to be the coolest entry in The Anthology of Dark Pictures. house of ashes, while not The Quarry Size, was really scary and a great concept. With the increasing quality of each installment and how amazing The Quarry was, Supermassive had every opportunity to continue the hype and excitement with this release. Unfortunately, this game is dead quicker than any of HH Holmes’ victims. And you don’t fool anyone with the Granthem Du’Met name. Any true crime enthusiast would recognize Herman Mudgett from a mile away.
Unfortunately, the devil in me is DOA right out of the gate and can be the worst Anthology of Dark Pictures in terms of mechanics, the greatest waste of potential. I can’t tell if they tried too much or too little, but either way it doesn’t live up to its predecessors. you can play the devil in me If you dare, but be warned, the characters’ dead eyes will stare straight into your soul.
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The Devil Inside (PS5) Score: 4/10
With so much potential after their last successful release, Supermassive dropped the ball with The Devil in Me, leaving players with crappy graphics, crappy mechanics, and the craziest characters.