If you love classic survival horror titles, Tormented Souls needs to be on your radar. It’s a terrifically terrifying love letter to Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Alone in the Dark. With brilliant puzzles, a genuinely scary setting to explore, and unsettling monsters to face, it’s the kind of game that will shock you to your core and stick with you long after the credits roll. While it undoubtedly wears its old-school inspiration on its bloodied sleeve, make no mistake: Tormented Souls is a modern survival horror masterpiece.
Tormented Souls is a melancholic love letter to the fans of classic survival horrors. You need to play it if the phrases “fixed camera angles”, “tank controls” and “backtracking” give you goosebumps. [11/2021, p.32]
This is for the fans a masterpiece of horror, looks like some horror game from ps1 and ps2 , the game remember me lost things about this golden era of horror classic. The game is hard but is perfect for à survival horror.
If your a fan if true survival horror you need to try this game out..Sure it fall short of the REs and SHs, but it's a damn good effort..Amazing atmosphere with well balanced gameplay just like the legends use to do..I love the protagonist, she is instantly compelling in the best way making you want to save her.
Tormented Souls is an excellent love letter to survival horror games of old. With that comes limited saving, dodgy voice acting and clunky combat but that doesn't detract enough from the exploration and puzzle solving to sour the experience. Fans of the genre absolutely must give this a try.
As an indie game Tormented Souls is never going to reach Bloodborne or Resident Evil level of polish but that’s ok. Despite its lower end graphics (compared to the latest titles on current generation, and even last generation consoles) it holds up. It holds up because it plays on that nostalgia for the survival horror games of old.
The average gamer might want to think twice before picking Tormented Souls up, as mechanically it feels outdated and often rather unwelcoming. The lousy voice acting and unconvincing character models will provide further reason for them to throw in the towel early, too. However, if you’re a fan of old-fashioned survival horrors and find yourself yearning for one that offers a modern lick of paint and a new setting, there’s a very high chance you’ll absolutely love it. It’s not as good as the classics of the genre, but developers Dual Effect and Abstract Digital have delivered something that is hot on their heels.
Is it more difficult to play than it should be? Absolutely. Did the developers make it more annoying than the 20-year-old games which inspired it? Indeed. However, it still manages to be a charming experience for fans of this content because the care the developers put in is so patently obvious via fantastic locations, a solid story, and a final boss fight that doesn’t try the player’s patience. The developers clearly wanted to bring back retro survival horror in a way that people could enjoy, and while they don’t entirely succeed, it’s good more often than it isn’t — and that’s more than I can say about the glut of Resident Evil and Silent Hill clones out there.
Admittedly, it is refreshing to see
this classic style of game brought
back to modern consoles, and some
players may even appreciate the
way this feels like an at-times-terrifying ’90s throwback. But even
if you can look past its unoriginality,
the lack of polish in stiff voice
acting, character animation, and
numerous bugs break the
immersion. Retro revivals are cool,
but if a game brings nothing new to
the table and ends up worse than
the existing ones it’ll inevitably be
compared to, you may as
well just dust off the old
PlayStation and play those
instead. [Issue#6, p.88]
Magnificent game. The developers really know what elements make a good survival horror game and they are executed beautifully. Brings back a lot of mechanics from Resident Evil and Silent Hill, including some iconic jumpscares. The graphics are amazing and the stiff animations / clunky combat fit very well in this setting. The story is creepy as hell! And the game isn't short at all so it has time to build up tension and a complex story. 10/10!
If you're a fan of the 90s Resident Evil experience then this is a good add to your collection. It involves tough puzzles, jump scares and journal reading containing a story and clues that help create a storyline, but don't expect anything visually impressive. Don't expect the replicated controls and horrible dialogue of early Resident Evil to give you anything new in Tormented Souls. I was disappointed that in 2021 and '22 the developers didn't care much for more updated controls. Or sounds. The dialogue is painful! The enemy visuals are cheesy and lack variety. The music isn't bad, but that's quickly overshadowed by the unrealistic footsteps, attacks, and voices. The real experience are the challenging puzzles, tougher than most Resident Evil games even.
A game made to remember dated mechanics and does so by enhancing graphics, and that's it. The visuals are pleasant and the sounds are gross and creepy, but the AI is horrible. I quickly became bored with enemies and found them to be more annoying than scary. When developers chase after the tank controls of original horror games, they always seem to forget that the best utilization of the camera angles, is the use of blind space. You can use the sound to your advantage and make things out of sight twice as scary. This did not. The puzzles were fun and the story was so-so. I couldn't understand why early on you meet someone else in the abandoned hospital filled with monsters, and the protagonist is just like, "oh yeah, someone else is just here and that's not weird nor should I question it." It immediately took me out of the game.
This game has a great retro vibe and decent spooks. But my god, the gameplay is weak, the cameras can be funky, and the second half is basically Walkthrough Bait. I finished it but I was thrilled when it was over.
I wasn't sure how I'd feel about a retro-style horror game, but after the first few minutes of gameplay, I was thrilled with what Tormented Souls was about and the throwback style it used. Everything was polished and the amount of detail was a great treat. It was scary, and the storyline was gripping. The puzzles were unique and fun. The music was a treat. Mixed with spooky sounds of an old mansion fit so well.
SummaryTormented Souls is a return to classic survival horror. With a fresh twist on the fixed perspective adventure, Tormented Souls modernises for a new generation - as Caroline Walker investigates the mysterious disappearance of twin girls in a terrifying mansion-turned-hospital.