Publisher: Curve Digital
Developer: Superflat Games
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What they say: In this psychological survival adventure, the masked protagonist must escape from a city ravaged by disease, by any means necessary. Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut is a new kind of adventure where the choice of how to survive is up to you. Sneak through without firing a single shot, or kill everything in your path. Eat and sleep well, or resort to drugs to keep going. Search for survivors, or try to escape the city alone. Look after your mental health, or descend into madness. Lone Survivor is a game where your choices genuinely matter. This extended edition of Jasper Byrne’s horror masterpiece expands Lone Survivor’s deep story with hundreds of tiny new details, more locations, more dialogue, more side quests, more craftable items, and even two completely new endings. Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut really is the ultimate version of this acclaimed game.
What I say: Survival horror has been, well…dead for quite some time. With Resident Evil becoming the gaming equivalent of a big dumb action flick and Silent Hill fading into the void, there really has not been anything to tickle the fancy of horror fans…until now. Feeling like a lost SNES/Genesis game from David Lynch, Lone Survivor definitely brings the creepy and the survival back to Survival Horror.
You start off the game nameless and alone in your apartment racked by odd dreams. The world around you has collapsed and the aftermath of some kind of
tragedy looms large. Monsters roam the halls and you have to juggle stealth and your precious ammo to survive. You must also take care of yourself by sleeping and eating when needed and food is a bit of a rarity. When you do sleep you sometimes meet individuals in your dreams that can offer help or offer cryptic clues as to what’s going on. As the game goes on you seem to lose what little hold you have left on your sanity. Despite the pixel-ish graphics the game just exudes creepiness. Everything contributes to the feeling of dread. The blurry graphics just add to the mysterious feel and the music is beautifully matched to the surroundings.
Lone Survivor: The Directors Cut is the Survival Horror game we’ve been missing and it was a touch of pure genius to mix the look of a 16 bit side-scroller with the sensibilities of a PSOne era horror game. Games like this make me be grateful to be a games in this new indie era. Fresh experiences like this are worth supporting. Even if you have played the PC version there are several new endings and other tweaks made. Both the PS3 and Vita version are pretty much identical and they support cross-save which is always nice.