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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: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 100
    Fear. Pure fear. The most primal of emotions is the overwhelming one while playing Layers of Fear.
  2. Feb 23, 2016
    90
    There have been much shorter and less polished games for the price point of £15.99/$19.99, so even though it's not exceptionally long, the quality easily counteracts this. If you're after an enthralling experience, horror fan or not, Layers of Fear is a great way to satisfy the itch.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Mar 27, 2016
    90
    Smart, spooky and psychedelic, this thrusts you into its story, whirls you about and leaves you dizzy. You'll hate and enjoy your stay in equal measures - in the best possible way. [Apr 2016, p.76]
  4. Feb 16, 2016
    81
    Layers of Fear is an unexpectedly great horror game. Bloober Team has one of the worst games ever, Basement Crawl, and one of the best horror games on PS4, PC and Xbox One. Enjoy it... and be careful with the pictures.
  5. May 28, 2016
    80
    3-5 hours may not seem long for a game, but the quality of those few short hours is really worth it. With a reasonably low price tag of around $20, I think you'd be missing out on a very intriguing and very exciting game. While deep down yes, it is your bog standard psychological horror scare tactic jamboree, its executed in such a way that it blows others like Slender or SCP-187-b clean out of the water.
  6. 60
    Layers of Fear is an unsettling and occasionally frightening game that succeeds in keeping you on the edge of your seat, though it doesn't deliver up to its potential and ends up feeling a bit lacking.
  7. Apr 13, 2016
    60
    What you’re left with is a short slice of horror that’s got a few genuinely brilliant ideas up its bloody sleeve, but one that dulls the edges of its own experience with a lack of subtlety.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. Mar 2, 2016
    10
    Unbelievable game! Amazing atmosphere and sound which is the hallmark of a great horror game. It perfectly walks the difficult line of notUnbelievable game! Amazing atmosphere and sound which is the hallmark of a great horror game. It perfectly walks the difficult line of not showing too much and letting the player use their own imagination as the fear platform. Just heard a baby crying? Yea, you have to walk toward that sound. Scared of that dark shadow around the corner? Yea, you have walk that way too. And whatever you think you just saw will get twisted in some weird, strange way.
    The game is described as "psychedelic horror. Couldn't describe it better myself.
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  2. Feb 22, 2016
    9
    Fantastic. One of the best horror games I have had the pleasure of playing. Stunning visuals, captivating story and above all the level designFantastic. One of the best horror games I have had the pleasure of playing. Stunning visuals, captivating story and above all the level design in truly breathtaking! The game may be short and there are some lengthy load times, but length should not be the final judge of what makes a game great, story and game play make a game great. And Bloober Team's Layers of Fear does not fail to disappoint. I am looking forward to what this game studio has in story for us next! Expand
  3. Feb 17, 2016
    9
    A horror masterpiece with stunning sound design and a chilling atmosphere which manages to really grabs your attention from the start. LayersA horror masterpiece with stunning sound design and a chilling atmosphere which manages to really grabs your attention from the start. Layers of fear contains some really interesting "mechanics" and concepts but can sometimes struggle on the performance side. Frame drops are frequent but not too bad that it gets in the way of enjoying the game.Definitely worth a buy for anyone, not just horror fans. Expand
  4. May 7, 2021
    8
    Good horror story game from Bloober Team, which I played through in 5 hours.

    For me, a very atmospheric, creative horror experience, in
    Good horror story game from Bloober Team, which I played through in 5 hours.

    For me, a very atmospheric, creative horror experience, in which almost every Jumpscare caught me. I'm not really vulnerable at all, but I didn't stand a chance in this game. In addition, there is constant discomfort, always goose bumps, really well done.

    In terms of gameplay, it's just quite lame, but you know that from these games, so I had no problem with it. I just enjoyed the completely crazy staging and let the atmosphere patter down on me.

    The story about the artist's story and what was happening in the house was interesting enough and added to the overall picture.

    What I did not understand at all, whether the woman kills you if you get too close or not. At least it always put you at a different point, so that I always avoided the howling. Sometimes it felt like a "chase" but never really put it into perspective. That irritated me rather a bit than it would have driven the atmosphere forward in a profitable way.

    The music and the sound in general were also perfectly integrated.

    Conclusion

    The look is very unique, creative and atmospheric, mixed with a good sound and a solid story. The game doesn't completely knock me off my feet (I thought The Medium was better overall, but you have to keep in mind that Layers was also released a lot earlier), but it clearly surprised me in a very positive way. Entertaining but making full use of the time, for me there are 8/10 paintings.
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  5. May 9, 2017
    7
    Una experiencia de horror única en el sector en términos de narración y diseño audiovisual. La forma en que la historia se narra medianteUna experiencia de horror única en el sector en términos de narración y diseño audiovisual. La forma en que la historia se narra mediante objetos y la interacción con el escenario "a los Dark Souls" le viene muy bien al ambiente generado en éste juego. Es muy recomendable como experiencia de horror y en general la elección de escenarios es muy buena. Tengo sólo dos problemas con éste juego, el primero es que el rendimiento en Xbox One es regular, y eso influye sobre todo en una experiencia tan sensitiva como esta, si el framerate sufre nuestra percepcion del ambiente también, por eso es problemático. Lo segundo es que siento algunos puzzles demasiado forzados, hubiera preferido que fuera sólo un walking simulator, pues la resolución de éstos no aportada nada narrativamente hablando. Expand
  6. Jul 29, 2019
    6
    Layers of Fear really doesn't have too many layers, I think the game jump scared me twice at most, but hey maybe I'm just dead inside. TheLayers of Fear really doesn't have too many layers, I think the game jump scared me twice at most, but hey maybe I'm just dead inside. The atmosphere Bloober Team created is really good though, as well as the unique way they warp and contort space around the player to make them feel extra uneasy. Unfortunately after the first couple of times it does get old and you're mostly left with repetition, horror cliches/tropes and some basic puzzles which aren't much fun to solve. Props have to be given for the Victorian setting and vibe of the game being so fully realized, including the graphics. For a game that's only a few hours long I just wish it kept things fresh and interesting throughout the whole story instead of exhausting most of the cool ideas. Expand
  7. Sep 22, 2017
    0
    Un FPS horrifique qui est censé faire peur mais dans lequel on baille à s'en décrocher la mâchoire. En fait, on ouvre et on ferme des tiroirs.Un FPS horrifique qui est censé faire peur mais dans lequel on baille à s'en décrocher la mâchoire. En fait, on ouvre et on ferme des tiroirs. Et on ouvre des portes aussi. Et on claudique à 0,5 à l'heure comme un boîteux de Parkinson dans cette baraque de merde.

    Programmé (?) avec Unity, ce pseudo-jeu sans goût et de mauvais goût lorsqu'il y en a, tourne comme une patate sur console, soit environ 20 im/s avec des pointes à 25. Comment peut-on sortir une telle "chose" aussi bancale affublée qui plus est d'un aliasing qui tyrannise le regard ?

    C'est la "magie" des jeux indés qui peuvent tout se permettre, boulottés par des cons incapables qui osent tout, et il en faut de l'audace et du je-m'en-foutisme pour bricoler et vendre une telle grosse merde !
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