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  • Summary: Kholat was developed by independent studio IMGN.PRO, inspired by true events known as the "Dyatlov Pass Incident". We follow the path of a group of Russian students which went for an expedition in the northern Ural Mountains. The team does not reach its goal, the entire crew dies inKholat was developed by independent studio IMGN.PRO, inspired by true events known as the "Dyatlov Pass Incident". We follow the path of a group of Russian students which went for an expedition in the northern Ural Mountains. The team does not reach its goal, the entire crew dies in mysterious circumstances. The player is thrown into the area where the tragedy occurred, years after the actual event, with a chance to discover the real course of the tragedy. Atmosphere of anxiety is dosed based on what the player is doing, making each gameplay a unique experience. [IMGN.PRO] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Jul 5, 2016
    80
    This thrilling story will keep you at the edge of your seat and will leave you wanting to know more about these events. Kholat won’t disappoint the fans of the genre and is worth a try.
  2. 75
    A poignant and masterfully haunting affair, Kholat’s flawed narrative and sparse environments aren’t enough to considerably detract from its overwhelming atmospherics and sense of adventure.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 8, 2016
    70
    Though technically unpolished, at at times frustrating, Kholat's imposing mountain is impressive. A good few hours of horror, hiding, swearing and reloading await. [May 2016, p.86]
  4. Mar 8, 2016
    65
    Kholat on PS4 is almost as good as the original PC version, but offers some minor hiccups like an unstable framerate.
  5. Mar 14, 2016
    65
    Kholat could have been an amazing game, but it just isn't. It's based on a true story and looks great. The game start really good, but then slips away in boredom. The tension it needs just fades away really quickly.
  6. Mar 10, 2016
    62
    It's partly a walking simulator, but the gameplay delivers some unexpected turns. The young development team clearly lacks experience, but it's still a promising first step.
  7. Mar 8, 2016
    40
    Grievously weighed down by its unforgiving orienteering mechanic, tedious gameplay and frame-rate issues, Kholat is more likely to leave you with your head aching rather than your head spinning.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Mar 9, 2016
    10
    Kholat is a unique experience, mix of adventure, horror, experience. It's NOT an easy game. It's challenging and does not forgive players whoKholat is a unique experience, mix of adventure, horror, experience. It's NOT an easy game. It's challenging and does not forgive players who are pushing forward without thinking. The map, compass and good terrain orientation are all necessary in Kholat. If you admire a good challenge set in amazing mood, graphics and sounds then this should be a treat for you. Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2018
    9
    Game in first person that will make you enter a story based on real events.
    This game of adventure and terror is inspired by an incident he
    Game in first person that will make you enter a story based on real events.
    This game of adventure and terror is inspired by an incident he had in Dyatlov, when 9 Russian hikers mysteriously died without knowing how or why. In the game, our character will have to discover the reasons why these Russian hikers died.

    This game is narrated by one of the most popular British actors, Sean Bean. If we add to that the environment of the game, the effects, the fear, its history and its graphic quality we can imagine that we are facing a masterpiece of fear games in the first person. This game you will enjoy from the first minute without any doubt.
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  3. Mar 15, 2016
    9
    One of the most underrated games ever! I think that's because it is not a typical walking sim. Kholat is a difficult game, in which you needOne of the most underrated games ever! I think that's because it is not a typical walking sim. Kholat is a difficult game, in which you need to be fully focused and think about what you are doing, and where you are going. I think that the most of gamers and reviewers are trying to rush through it as through any other walking simulator. But it's not this kind of game. There is so much to uncover, many layers of a storyline, a lot of creepy places and situations. Absolutely stunning music and voice acting. I just love it. Go and give it a try! It is worth it. Expand
  4. Mar 9, 2016
    9
    This game evades the comparison to any other game out there. I can see why it gets very different scores from various sources. It is hard toThis game evades the comparison to any other game out there. I can see why it gets very different scores from various sources. It is hard to grasp, difficult to understand at times. If you are looking for walking simulator - walk way. If you are looking for horror - you can find more typical game of such genre elsewhere. If you are looking for adventure - it is not a typical one. But I found in it something fresh that
    has incredible atmosphere, stellar voice acting, brilliant landscapes and mood. For the price I bought (18 EUR) this is definitely a good value. I spent around 7,5 hour with it and I love watching how other streamers player it. Go check it yourself.
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  5. Jan 18, 2019
    5
    I do like heavy story narrative games with minimal game play now and again. First impression kind of bad it wants to be terribly mysterious,I do like heavy story narrative games with minimal game play now and again. First impression kind of bad it wants to be terribly mysterious, but it is terribly boring slow with bad controls. Why is the run button set as the uncomfortable hold L3? When the unassigned L1/R1 bumpers would be so much more WAY comfortable. Wow some bad graphical pop ins or what? Sean Bean great actor in a not so great game oh weil. What is this? Arty farty snow Slenderman or something? Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2016
    3
    typical indie walking simulator. not as horrible as firewatch but still not very exciting either, although there are a few nice jumpscares intypical indie walking simulator. not as horrible as firewatch but still not very exciting either, although there are a few nice jumpscares in there. framerate goes severly down at times, and there is only one type of monster in the whole game. graphics are average at best, but again not as bad as in firewatch Expand
  7. Sep 3, 2016
    2
    Let's play a game: Never Have I Ever.

    Never have I ever... Had to look up a walk through guide to see where I needed to go right at the
    Let's play a game: Never Have I Ever.

    Never have I ever... Had to look up a walk through guide to see where I needed to go right at the opening seconds of a game.
    Never have I ever... Could not read an in-game map
    Never have I ever... Watched trailers and game play of a game, liked what I saw, bought it, and then upon playing it for a little, absolutely hated it.

    Even with a patch released to fix bugs and issues, the game is technically lacking big time. Massive frame rate drops, a ton of major freezes that lasted a few seconds before the game resumed, terribly short draw distances and audio dropping. Game play wise, the map is hard to read (when I saw hard, I mean impossible unless you're a cartographer), compass is impossible to use as it doesn't function like a normal compass, instead showing you where the last camp you found was. There are wooden spikes in the ground serving as traps to those who aren't looking where you're going, but most of these traps are hidden under snow. Even if you are looking where you're going, you're gonna find and die in one of these hidden traps. The creatures in the game are awfully placed, most of the time they'll turn a corner behind you and kill you from there even though you could not have known it was there (since there are no music or visual clues that something is right behind you). You have to constantly check behind you, which is a pain because it makes progressing slow, and causes the game even more frame rate issues with the constant turning of the camera.

    Environment is pretty well done, the mountains and trees are quite detailed... Until you get real close and see that trees are paper thin and reminiscent of PS2-game trees. Ledges and cliffs are hard to navigate because sometimes where you need to climb up or down is impossible to tell, or (when climbing down) you die after dropping a couple feet because "That's not a way you're supposed to be able to go *wages finger*." Save points are so few and far between, that if you die, you most likely have to replay between 10-30 minutes of the game again just to get to where you died........... Only to die again because the game is poorly designed.

    Repetitive deaths in the same locations, combined with insanely infrequent save points make playing this game your own nightmare. So if the game wanted to create a nightmarish experience, it's done a fantastic job. If the game wanted to create a GOOD nightmarish experience, it falls right on its face, breaks its nose and runs out into the snow storm, left alone to either bleed our or freeze to death with its fate left a mystery.

    PLEASE DON'T BUY THIS GAME
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