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  • Summary: You take another drink as the canvas looms in front of you. A light flickers dimly in the corner. You've created countless pieces of art, but never anything like this. Why haven't you done this before? It seems so obvious in retrospect. Your friends, critics, business partners soon, they'llYou take another drink as the canvas looms in front of you. A light flickers dimly in the corner. You've created countless pieces of art, but never anything like this. Why haven't you done this before? It seems so obvious in retrospect. Your friends, critics, business partners soon, they'll all see. But somethings still missing

    You look up, startled. That melody Was that a piano? It sounded just like her... But, no that would be impossible. She's gone. The'yre all gone.

    Have to focus. How long has it taken to get to this point? Too long, but it doesn't matter. There will be no more distractions. Its almost finished. You can feel it. Your creation. Your Magnum Opus.

    Dare you help paint a true Masterpiece of Fear? Layers of Fear is a first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration. Delve deep into the mind of an insane painter and discover the secret of his madness, as you walk through a vast and constantly changing Victorian-era mansion. Uncover the visions, fears and horrors that entwine the painter and finish the masterpiece he has strived so long to create.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Feb 27, 2018
    92
    Layers of Fear: Legacy is among the best options among psychological terror games for the Switch, if it is not the best. Precious historical work, comfortable gameplay, very good graphics, soundtrack and sound effects that are very well executed.
  2. Mar 7, 2018
    90
    A brilliant horror experience that ticks all the right boxes. Just make sure you play in a dark room with headphones on.
  3. Apr 26, 2018
    82
    Layers of Fear: Legacy is a brilliant horror story for (almost) all ages and levels of terror stamina. The artwork takes your breath away and the content in it keeps you guessing. Even though the controls for this game on Nintendo Switch are a little clunky I am confident making Layers of Fear: Legacy a priority on your gaming menu would be a very favourable decision.
  4. Feb 21, 2018
    80
    Two years after the release Layers of Fear remains even on Switch an excellent walking simulator in spite of limited longevity.
  5. Feb 21, 2018
    78
    This is a game that plays with us, taking us where it wants to and it's impossible to resist its story. However, bad optimization weighs down a great game that is still worth the effort and gathers so many influences from horror games and works such as those of Edgar Allan Poe that becomes a fun, terrifying option.
  6. Mar 9, 2018
    75
    In some regards, Layers of Fears is special despite its sometimes clear faults. However it’s somewhat clear lack of polish in its performance can, and most certainly does take away from the otherwise spooky immersion.
  7. May 2, 2018
    60
    Layers of Fear Legacy features a simple and accessible gameplay mechanic that puts the player in a horror-themed adventure that includes a very detailed and well-designed visual environment, as well as some interesting puzzles. It doesn't live up to its full potential, though, as it could be much more immersive and feature more action moments and after some game time, it feels somewhat less appealing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Feb 24, 2018
    9
    I love horror games. I'm a big fan of Silent Hill, Resident Evil, and The Evil Within. I didn't think I would find Layers of Fear scary forI love horror games. I'm a big fan of Silent Hill, Resident Evil, and The Evil Within. I didn't think I would find Layers of Fear scary for one big reason, you can't die. I figured if you took away the threat of death, you would take away what's fear inducing about a video game. I was wrong. Through excellent pacing, mind bending psychological effects, and wonderful sound design, Layers of Fear managed to scare the heck out of me. In fact, I had to take frequent breaks during my time with the game. I made sure to play with headphones and in a darkened room for maximum effect. Even in portable mode, this game unnerved me. If you are into horror games, I highly recommend picking this game up! It's excellent value for the money, and a great way to get your horror fix on the go! Expand
  2. Jan 24, 2019
    9
    A great ride in a haunted house, with some jump scares and a story that gradually becomes understandable. Play in the dark with headphones forA great ride in a haunted house, with some jump scares and a story that gradually becomes understandable. Play in the dark with headphones for a better experience. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2019
    9
    What a blast to play it on the Switch! Playing this in handheld mode when everything around you is dark and silent is to good. If you want toWhat a blast to play it on the Switch! Playing this in handheld mode when everything around you is dark and silent is to good. If you want to experience it to its max, play it with headphones when its dark and you are alone in your bed. Absolutely worth every dime! Expand
  4. May 30, 2019
    5
    If you like the thrill of ghost rides this may be your thing. The game is masterful in building up strong suspense and then suddenly scaringIf you like the thrill of ghost rides this may be your thing. The game is masterful in building up strong suspense and then suddenly scaring you into pieces, especially if you wear headphones. It stays within the realm of psychological horror and won't bore you with cheap elements like zombies. The surrealist horror scenes are cool and I took a lot of screenshots.

    However, all the gameplay revolves around intense jump scares and searching for (sometimes too well hidden) story pieces in-between in drawers, bookshelves etc., and opening doors to follow the predetermined path. Many people out there do like jump scares, especially when they are done so well - this game is without doubt a great ghost ride. But for my personal taste they are simply a cheap horror element, and be warned if you feel the same and expect more mystery and depth from a horror game. The underlying story is there, it's horrific, and a lot of things go on in your own mind while you slowly uncover it. But it also leaves a lot barely explained.

    If you expected more story depth due to screenshots of surrealist scenes and how they use famous paintings, and the promise of showing the mind of a mentally ill painter, then you may, like me, end up a bit disappointed. The scares have connections to the story, but in itself rarely contribute to it, they rather illustrate it.. It's usually just surface. Due to this I had to force myself through the second half as I expected more than a linear ghost ride with mostly meaningless visuals.

    Another thing I found a bit annoying was the strong asset reuse. Also, Layers of Fear does not seem to be optimized for the Switch. It is my only Switch game right now where the fan can be noticed, virtually running all the time, and it cooks the little thing quite a bit so that I took some worried breaks in-between.
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  5. Jan 22, 2020
    0
    Ce jeu est nul, nul, nul et archienul. Une déception sans nom. L'histoire est inintéressante, les décors faussement artistiques, les scénarioCe jeu est nul, nul, nul et archienul. Une déception sans nom. L'histoire est inintéressante, les décors faussement artistiques, les scénario est faussement intellectuel et les jumpscare insignifiants. De l'horreur discount dans une maison soi disant hanté. On ne se sent pas du tout concerné par l'histoire et on a juste la désagréable impression que les auteurs se moquent de nous. Expand