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Generally favorable reviews- based on 126 Ratings

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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: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. Dec 27, 2017
    10
    Gioco Fantastico,riesce a suscitarti emozioni pur non avendo molto Gameplay.
    Ottimo lavoro veramente.uno dei giochi horror migliori mai visti
  2. Feb 18, 2016
    10
    I love this game! Was planning to wait, sleep, and stream it later today. But heck - once I tested out the opening scene I had to finish it.I love this game! Was planning to wait, sleep, and stream it later today. But heck - once I tested out the opening scene I had to finish it.

    Ends out the story is rather complex and requires the pieces to fit in order to fully understand. Without giving away too much spoiler - I'd assume the game is a run down of the mental anguish the artist endures with each painting. Even if he captures a lost beauty in each painting he can not recreate anything as good as what he lost. Given what I found at the end in the kitchen, and the letter in the desk of the office, along with the items you collect throughout the game trying to recreate that beauty lost to a perfection. I assume he needed a sample of the original to attempt painting it from more than just memory.

    The story reminds me of Exmortis. Graphics similar to Silent Hill. Jump scares of Dead Space 2. And some scenes either FEAR 2 or Among the Sleep.

    Either way - This is the long awaited game I desired ever since Slender New Arrival was too short and easily completed with minimal effort. Great job overall. Left the story do be decided by the player based around clues uncovered along the way.
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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. May 18, 2016
    8
    Layers of Fear has been out for a while, and there have been plenty of reviews on the game. Most don’t care for it, however there are some whoLayers of Fear has been out for a while, and there have been plenty of reviews on the game. Most don’t care for it, however there are some who haven’t heard of it; let alone played it. I want you to take everything you’ve read or heard about this game; good or bad, and those reviews from IGN and Metacritic, and various others need to be thrown out the window for a moment. I’m not discrediting their work by any means. I’m simply stating that those who’ve reviewed it and weren’t phased by this game just didn’t give it a solid chance, nor immerse themselves into it. I’ve never played a game in my life that’s given me anxiety the way this one does, and I’ve played them all; from the very first Resident Evil as a kid, to Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s P.T. (The Playable Teaser for Silent Hills) back in 2014. Let it be known right now that I haven’t finished the game. I can’t. I am mentally having a hard time moving the protagonist any further. It’s not because I don’t want to, no, it’s because my mind won’t let me. To me that says this game has done its job. Layers of Fear is a psychological horror that, without you realizing it, plays on your innermost fears, and in a weird sort of way it brings them to life. I’ve spent the most of an entire month attempting to make it through this game. I never finished it, now here we are in May, and I still can’t finish. I walk around that corridor in what seems to be an endless loop, over and over again. Until finally I make it around the wall and notice that everything’s changed. Books are scattered all across the floor as I keep moving, and I make it around that bend again, and this time there’s a bloody couch which has the words “Going in Circles” written on it. The light goes dark, and the door to my left opens up. I see a silhouette moving from inside the room that I haven’t walked in front of yet. Whatever it is is in a rocking chair, and the maddening squeak only confirms my fear. The game wants me to see what’s inside. But I don’t want to see what’s inside. So I pause the game. I take a few deep breaths and try to move toward the door. I still can’t. I pause the game again, take a sip of my coffee, and try once more. I inch forward ever slightly, looking around the room in the game, hoping that when I turn around, something will be in front of me to kill me and just end it. It doesn’t happen.I have to face that fear and move forward. Nothing still. I decide it’s time to get up and write a review on the game because I’m too afraid to actually keep playing. Layers of Fear has done its job. Layers of Fear is about an artist; more specifically an anonymous painter who has seemingly lost his mind trying to create the perfect masterpiece. Only this masterpiece is done with more than just paint. The story itself is gripping enough to keep you playing, or at the very least, keep you trying to play. You want to continue to know what happens next in the game most people would label “Walking Simulator”. That is, if you can keep walking. The atmosphere in the game is enough to stress you out if you’re not careful, and if you let yourself be immersed into the game, the psychedelic nature of the horror triggers will get to you the way they did me. I still want to finish the game, and eventually I’m sure that I will. For me, there isn’t a single horror film out there that I’m afraid of; and that’s because I can’t immerse myself into the film. When it comes to a video game, that’s a whole different story. I can become whoever the game is about, and easily put myself in their shoes. You must do this in Layers of Fear. Don’t sit there and tell yourself “Oh, it’s just another stupid horror game”, because it’s not. There’s quite a lot to be experienced in Layers of Fear, and fear is just the beginning. Bloober Team nailed it with this game despite popular belief, and I feel that they should be proud of their work.

    This game provides no combat similar to games like Outlast, SOMA, or Amnesia: The Dark Descent; so that means no monsters to fight, and the few ghosts, and ghoulies that you may encounter only serve in giving you death without the possibility to escape. In fact, the only real monster in the game is the one holding the controller. It’s because of you that certain events take place. What door do you go through? Which drawer do you open? How long does it take before you make it back to the painter’s room? All of the triggered events depend on you. However, it all leads to the same outcome in the end. Or does it? A game that plays on your fear so well, that it knows when to trigger some event to scare you, and most of it is anxiety as we’re all very familiar with, you get that overwhelming sense that something is wrong in your own world and that is what’ll stop you from moving forward.
    One of the only things I can say negatively about this game is the frame rate drop that on the PS4 version, can be a bit unbearable at times.
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  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. Apr 1, 2016
    6
    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 isIt'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 Expand
  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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