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  • Summary: From the creators of Until Dawn

    Switch between the perspective of 5 playable characters - All can live or die in your version of the story Multiple ways to play including 2 player online coop mode Hugely branching storyline that changes based on the decisions you make Each game
    From the creators of Until Dawn

    Switch between the perspective of 5 playable characters - All can live or die in your version of the story

    Multiple ways to play including 2 player online coop mode

    Hugely branching storyline that changes based on the decisions you make

    Each game in The Dark Pictures Anthology is a complete and original story in its own right

    THREE WAYS TO PLAY
    Introducing multiplayer to The Dark Pictures Anthology!
    1. SOLO STORY
    The complete terrifying story as a single player experience
    2. MOVIE NIGHT MODE
    You and up to 4 friends will play the story together on the couch, each controlling a different character

    And:

    3. SHARED STORY
    2 player online co-operative mode. Play the whole story online with a friend, making choices that affect you both.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 57
  2. Negative: 1 out of 57
  1. Oct 22, 2021
    90
    While not perfect, Supermassive Games hears players and House of Ashes is the best release in the Dark Pictures Anthology to date. The improved game mechanics, environment and story make it a creepy experience that is perfect for Halloween.
  2. Oct 21, 2021
    81
    House of Ashes marks a change of pace from previous episodes of the Dark Pictures Anthology, offering a horror story that also focuses heavily on action. The plot, which incorporates elements of films such as Aliens, Predator and The Descent, does not shine for originality, but is overall enjoyable and sufficiently articulated. There is still some occasional uncertainty in the interactions between characters, but overall the dialogues are good and the narrative crossroads are numerous and lead to endings that have significant differences between them. The new gameplay features do not change the gaming experience, but improve it slightly, while graphics/sound remains on good standards.
  3. 80
    The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes is far and away the best Dark Pictures game so far. It blends intriguing characters, compelling drama, and a killer twist to offer up what can only be described as the most honed experience Supermassive has put out in this series so far. It's got a few minor issues here and there – namely relating to the diversity of its cast and how much each of them plays into the overall story – but it's a horror experience that no fan should miss even if they weren't fans of Man of Medan or Little Hope.
  4. Oct 29, 2021
    75
    House of Ashes does not distort the philosophy of Supermassive Games. While retaining the cinematic staging of The Dark Pictures saga, this third episode now offers a 360 ° camera and better integrated QTEs. Thanks to its controlled rhythm, its claustrophobic atmosphere and its interesting plot, it surpasses its predecessors despite its flaws (uneven writing, cartoonish characters, frozen shooting phases…). For anyone who enjoys interactive experiences of the genre, this latest iteration of the anthology is worthy of curiosity.
  5. Oct 21, 2021
    72
    House of Ashes gives the impression of playing the same Supermassive game with a new story. The passage to next-gen systems looks irrelevant to a series that doesn't know how to evolve its formula. It has a better story than Little Hope, but presents the same issues already seen in the other two chapters.
  6. Oct 21, 2021
    70
    The formula works and is fun, even if it begs for a little more interaction. One of the best installments of the anthology so far.
  7. Oct 22, 2021
    40
    If only House of Ashes were possessed with something malevolent enough to actually scare us; sadly, it commits a litany of sins, none of them original.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Oct 23, 2021
    10
    Great game with great story. I love it. It so much better than overrated gta games with nothing special. But specially everybody ignored it. Very sad.
  2. Oct 25, 2021
    10
    Awesome thanks for making this beautiful game wow really appreciate it man amazing
  3. Nov 5, 2021
    10
    I've beat man of medan also little hope both graphically and smooth. Good game to just somewhat relax and beat.
  4. Oct 26, 2021
    8
    Better than the first one. Almost good as the second one. The game is not polished as you'd expect: texture loading time, the graphics kind ofBetter than the first one. Almost good as the second one. The game is not polished as you'd expect: texture loading time, the graphics kind of old. And sometimes character reactions don't match your actions. Definitely will buy the next chapter. Expand
  5. Oct 31, 2021
    8
    After trying man of medan and little hope, i have to say this is my favorite one right before until dawn, sure it has one or two flaws but IAfter trying man of medan and little hope, i have to say this is my favorite one right before until dawn, sure it has one or two flaws but I still had a thrill going through the game and I got really focused and tuned in to the story. So all in all if you liked until dawn and like a tense story then give this game a try. PS: am i the only one who got massive the descent vibes from this game? Expand
  6. Nov 19, 2021
    8
    узнал для себя сегодня окончательно, что я все таки фанат этой серии. Каждая игра это как по мне уникальная и типичная история, оченьузнал для себя сегодня окончательно, что я все таки фанат этой серии. Каждая игра это как по мне уникальная и типичная история, очень интересная получилась часть, 6 часов напряга без особо очевидных развитий сюжета, за исключением некоторых маленьких моментов , например выживание некоторых персонажей. По минусам - скипались диалоги когда поднимал какой нибудь предмет и кто-то в этот момент начинал с тобой разговаривать, ну и не было стабильных 60 фпс на пс5 в обоих режимах графики, но это мб уже больше доёб к пс5 а не к самой игре , хз. Expand
  7. Oct 28, 2021
    2
    Eh...it felt really disappointing. At this point I had hoped they leaned into the actual monster spectrum of these games but honestly it wasEh...it felt really disappointing. At this point I had hoped they leaned into the actual monster spectrum of these games but honestly it was so underwhelming I actually slept through half the game when I watched a playthrough. Animations looked janky most of the time, characters were boring and uninteresting, only one who was even remotely human was Salim. Also might I add the "Human" vampires like Joey, Kurum and the other dude look ridiculous with those **** squirrel teeth. Expand

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