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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: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  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 16, 2016
    10
    Awesome game. Beautiful music, stunning atmosphere, haunting and captivating. This is a rare and special gem of a game. A true bargain, IAwesome game. Beautiful music, stunning atmosphere, haunting and captivating. This is a rare and special gem of a game. A true bargain, I bought it before I even knew they would finish it because it was that special. Buy it and play it today. Well done team! What a treat for gamers! Expand
  3. Jan 31, 2018
    9
    A work of both visual and psychological horror. The thing that makes your journey into madness so tense is that you know there's alwaysA work of both visual and psychological horror. The thing that makes your journey into madness so tense is that you know there's always something waiting to happen around the next corner. An interesting approach for a horror game. Rather than using any sort of build up to keep the momentum going, Layers of Fear just sort of throws jump scares at the player one after the other. This is something most survival-horror enthusiasts might balk at. In any other game they would probably be justified in doing so. However, the moments developer Bloober Team crafted here are often deeply unsettling and backed by mind-bending shifts in the world around the player. You'll always know something is coming, but never what it will be.

    Every room and every hallway you explore in Layers of Fear can change in an instant. I never stopped being amazed at the immediacy of things like new paths appearing in the split second it would take me to turn my character's head. The incredibly trippy sights and creepy paintings you'll encounter as you progress give off some very Lovecraftian vibes. There are plenty of hauntingly memorable moments in store. There are some lamer scare attempts to be found throughout like falling objects and such, but for the most part the game is very inventive in finding ways to get under your skin. If only the narrative held up.

    You play as a struggling artist that's trying to complete his magnum opus. Each level consists of making your way through his mansion and distorted psyche to collect the items needed to finish the painting. As soon as you grab one you'll begin to see that some very dark things happened to get the protagonist to this point. There are various notes and memory objects scattered throughout the game that help fill in some gaps. Personally, I guessed what was happening early on. Something kind of hindered replay value for me. Going through the game a second and third time opens up some new stuff to find which further fleshes out the story, and despite being interested in seeing the other endings, I just wasn't compelled enough to give it a second go. A few minor differences wouldn't make up for going through the same scares again. At least not right away.

    For many this is going to be a one-and-done experience. Especially given that the gameplay largely consists of just walking forward. There are a few clever puzzles though, and it's style is perfectly suited for it's length. So don't let what I've said about the story and gameplay scare you away from Layers of Fear. It's a pretty incredible game in spite of it's weaknesses. It's unique approach to horror that has you questioning your perceptions of reality makes for one of the most memorable, creative, and downright freaky games out there.
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  4. May 6, 2016
    9
    Fantastic game that is worth every penny! Turn out the lights, put on your headphones, and buckle up! This game is like a nightmare that youFantastic game that is worth every penny! Turn out the lights, put on your headphones, and buckle up! This game is like a nightmare that you can't wake up from! Expand
  5. 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
  6. 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
  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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