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  • Summary: Layers of Fear is a psychedelic horror where you take control over an insane painter in his quest to finish his magnum opus.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Mar 8, 2016
    100
    Layers of Fear isn’t just about being terrifying, as it has a solid story that deals with some dark material even though you could very well miss the majority of it if you aren’t diligent about investigating your environment.
  2. 90
    Layers of Fear is everything a mature, modern horror game should be. Subtle, smart, unnerving and genuinely intriguing.
  3. Apr 7, 2016
    90
    Whether or not the PT hype-ship has finally sailed in to the distance, you should pick this up and give it more than the viewing of a YouTube Let’s Play.
  4. Feb 14, 2016
    80
    Frightening, disturbing and psychedelic, Layers of Fear is an excellent horror experience inspired by P.T. The Bloober Team’s game might be a little too short and not so much interactive but it’s a great journey inside a psychotic mind.
  5. Feb 25, 2016
    74
    Layers of Fear is like a videogame based on Edgar Allan Poe's tales. Several technical issues arise, but it achieves the feat of making us feel tension and fear.
  6. Feb 15, 2016
    70
    Layers of Fear delivers on its promise of a unique vision of gothic horror, but the game leans heavily on creepy dolls and other cliche genre gimmicks to jump scare players as they explore its shifting corridors.
  7. Feb 19, 2016
    50
    Despite some creative visual tricks, Layers of Fear doesn’t have sharp enough teeth to maintain its bite.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Aug 1, 2016
    10
    One of the scariest games I've ever played, if not the scariest. I played with surround sound late at night. The sound design is top notchOne of the scariest games I've ever played, if not the scariest. I played with surround sound late at night. The sound design is top notch and the littlest strange sound or effect made me so scared to move in the game. I felt so scared I almost wanted to quit, but I pushed myself to finish the game in one sitting. I actually liked that there was no combat in the game, so the horror was more focused. The story and voice acting was also very creepy. Only minor faults was the control could have been a little sharper, but I got used to it eventually. Also towards the end, the puzzles were a bit ambiguous and it was annoying to figure out what to do. I'd say the first 95% of the game flows nicely though and even though you are incredibly scared, the game is so addicting, you want to continue to see what's next. I also love all the effects and tricks they use during the game. I was really impressed and wowed with all ideas that were used in the game. If I ever recommend a horror game to anyone, this will be at the top of my list! Expand
  2. Feb 18, 2016
    10
    A truly horrifying experience. Played alone, in the dark with a head set on, this game can bring about some extremely intense heart poundingA truly horrifying experience. Played alone, in the dark with a head set on, this game can bring about some extremely intense heart pounding moments. Layers of Fear doesn't just rely on jump scares, but manages to borough deep into your mind as you find out the tragedy that has befallen our protagonist and how he has reacted to it. As he desperately tries create his 'Magnum Opus', his sanity tearing away from him at every seam, you will find yourself drawn into his dark and twisted mind, wishing that he, and yourself, find a way back to normality.

    While the game-play is never much more than walking around a large, ever changing house, opening door after door, this game is more about the narrative and the evolutionary nature of creating of artistic work. Plus it's always fund to be terrified to your very core... Right?
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  3. Feb 16, 2016
    10
    Fanstastic game ! I want more !!! The best horror game this year! This game is amazing !!!!Fanstastic game ! I want more !!! The best horror game this year! This game is amazing !!!!

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  4. Mar 23, 2018
    8
    achei esse jogo quase perfeito! assustador,misterioso, gráfico ótimo! mas o que me incomodou foi as leves travadas durante a game play alem deachei esse jogo quase perfeito! assustador,misterioso, gráfico ótimo! mas o que me incomodou foi as leves travadas durante a game play alem de que as vezes a interação com objetos era falha! pois era uma tarefa difícil abrir uma simples porta ou gaveta(as vezes). mas ainda sim foi uma surpresa nessa geração! Expand
  5. Mar 28, 2016
    7
    This game has a lot of good things going for it, but nothing was put together in a satisfying way.
    Layers of Fear was a game that I was
    This game has a lot of good things going for it, but nothing was put together in a satisfying way.
    Layers of Fear was a game that I was worried about; due to the fact that people were saying it was one of the scariest games in recent years, even going as far to call it scarier than Outlast. So what do I think of it? Well, it's a very well made game, but it fails to hit it's mark when it could have easily been a truly scary game. The graphics are nice, the soundtrack is perfect, and there are some genuinely scary moments in the game. As I traversed deeper into the game, I became more scared and unaware, and that's what a horror game should be, it needs to build up to something that will either shock you, or scare you. The game does use many jumpscares to its advantage, but most of them come out of nowhere when you least expect them, such as opening a door and it slamming against a wall, a loud scream coming out of nowhere, etc. It's a solid horror game overall, but it falls victim of horror cliches. It uses almost the exact same scene from P.T, and the place is scattered with wheelchairs, ala Silent Hill. Plus the ending is worthless, making everything end so fast, despite what you've accomplished. But overall, Layers of Fear offers a solid horror experience that should not be overlooked.

    Layers of Fear gets a 7/10.
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  6. Dec 25, 2018
    6
    Graphics: 5.8 Sound: 6.2 Gameplay: 6.2 Fun/Story: 7.0

    A solid horror game but very simple and linear. The poor graphics doesn't help to
    Graphics: 5.8 Sound: 6.2 Gameplay: 6.2 Fun/Story: 7.0

    A solid horror game but very simple and linear. The poor graphics doesn't help to create the terror environment.
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  7. Oct 2, 2016
    0
    Pretty pointless false advertising game. Presented as horror experience it become walking simultaor with 3 hours of drawer opening, readingPretty pointless false advertising game. Presented as horror experience it become walking simultaor with 3 hours of drawer opening, reading newspaper articles and pushing some buttons. There is no gameplay at all. Remind me a lot to Gone Home. Framerate on PS4 is probably around 5 fps and is for that bad gfx unexcusable. There should be some ESRB rating "for none of the ages". Expand

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