Hi gamers and welcome to another review. Today I am reviewing Narcosis. So what is this game? Narcosis is a Survival, horror at the sunless depths of the Pacific: Stranded on the seafloor with low light and few tools, an industrial diver takes desperate steps to surface before his dwindling oxygen — and sanity — give out. Influenced and inspired by unconventional horror and narrative-driven games, Narcosis is rooted in reality, but steeped in the surreal.
You play as a crew member of a deep sea mining operation that has gone sideways, causing you to saunter from place to place in hopes of finding a working escape shuttle. The story plays out in a series of non-diegetic monologues that slowly reveal themselves as something more as you progress. The game is very simple to play and that is you only have to navigate the ocean floor. Many times I got lost navigating the ocean floor which concludes to your death. The one thing that you must keep your eye on is your co2 levels, Once it runs out, your dead. Keep an eye out because there are co2 tanks to fill up. You even have flairs to help you navigate the ocean. You defend yourself you have a small knife.
The bulk of the gameplay has you adjusting to the slow pace at which you can move inside your diving suit, lovingly referred to as a “walking coffin”. Searching for oxygen to breathe, flares with which to see in the dark depths, and (hopefully) a way out is the simple premise of the roughly three-hour game.
Most of its visual can probably attribute to it being seemingly built around virtual reality, where crisp visuals come second to a non-barfy, smooth framerate. But the PS4 version shockingly doesn’t have PSVR support, meaning it can’t thrive on the immersive qualities of VR nor the gorgeous visuals of a native flat-screen gaming experience. The sound production isn’t the best and you even have music track during the game and I think it would be better without and get a sense that you are really under water.
Narcosis is neither a great nor terrible horror title — it’s simply fine. The premise is so strong but the full experience isn’t the best in its genre. The game is very simple to play and that is you only have to navigate the ocean floor. It delivers a brief but interesting story with a greatly memorable ending, but in several other ways, most notably atmosphere, Narcosis is dead in the water
Rating: 2 out of 5
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