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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 in The
    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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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 28, 2021
    96
    The Dark Pictures games so far have set high bars in terms of story and production quality, and House of Ashes easily hits and even occasionally surpasses them. While I wasn’t so keen initially on one aspect of the tale, it turned around completely on a second play, but even to begin with it was nowhere near enough to ruin what is a fantastically acted and put together story, wrapped up in some of the most stunning audio visual work to date. Horror games are hardly in short supply, but very few reach this level of brilliance.
  2. Nov 9, 2021
    80
    House of Ashes is a great interactive adventure and offers a fantastic story, with a great dose of terror and claustrophobia, and also action and some of the best conflicts between characters in the entire anthology.
  3. Nov 9, 2021
    80
    Despite the slow nature of the first half of House of Ashes, when it gets into its stride it is a homage to classic science-fiction action horror titles that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The scares may not be as obtrusive as the previous titles in the anthology, but this may then appeal to those that aren’t necessarily horror fanatics.
  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. Nov 10, 2021
    75
    At the end of the day, I still enjoyed my time with House of Ashes. It is the best story so far in the series and even with the issues I had with both the glitches and gameplay, this was a decent time overall. If you have played the series this far, you know what you’re getting into. If you want to give this one a shot to see what The Dark Pictures is all about, you can’t be this one’s story and premise. Just keep in mind, there will be some really strange bugs that come along with it.
  6. Oct 21, 2021
    70
    In all, House of Ashes feels marginally better than Little Hope, which I felt was certainly better than Man of Medan. That means The Dark Pictures entries are, by my measure, on an upward trajectory, and I sincerely hope Supermassive is able to make more of them. While I don't think this series has achieved its full potential yet, I think it's just one really great script away from achieving that. As a game, The Dark Pictures is in a great place now. As a script, this third entry in the series goes for The Descent and winds up only decent.
  7. Oct 21, 2021
    50
    The Dark Pictures: House of Ashes is unfortunately a step backwards compared to the previous episodes of the series, at least in terms of the script, atmosphere and technical realization. The affordable price makes it interesting for those who don't want to miss a single chapter of the anthology, but others should turn to the previous chapters or wait for a possible fourth episode capable of bringing the horror series back on the right tracks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jan 8, 2022
    10
    This one is definitely the best of the series. Each game is getting better and better and I cannot wait until the next installment!
  2. Jan 2, 2022
    10
    Потрясающая игра, с каждой частью все лучше и лучше.
  3. Oct 25, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Это самая лучшая часть в серии. Интересный сюжет и самое главное полностью непредсказуемый, если опираться на стиль предыдущих частей. После добавления фантастики игра преобразилась и стала интереснее и неожиданной. Я сначала подумал, что опять какой-то газ или грибы или ещё что-то психотропное, а не тут то было) и за это сценаристам огромный плюс. Система выбора и последствий порадовала: приятно было думать о том, что мои решения приводили к тому, что персонажи оставались живы на протяжение всей игры и осознание того, что они могли погибнуть десятки раз в течение игры. В предыдущих частях было как-то не так. Игра очень кинематографична с неплохой графикой, но немного "деревянными" лицами)). Сами персонажи интересные. Интересно было наблюдать и принимать участие в их отношениях. В игре хорошая оптимизация. Огромный плюс за русскую локализацию и за привычные маты в разговоре, что придаёт диалогу между персонажами натуральности и реалистичности. Трейлер в конце игры к четвёртой части интригует, мне показалось, что будет что-то в стиле фильма "пилы" ) Спасибо за отличную игру. С нетерпением жду следующих частей. Вы сделали мои выходные ;)
    P.S. Критики в своём репертуаре. Поставить абсолютно субъективную оценку (69-74 балла) весьма неплохой игре и не побоюсь даже сказать, что одной из лучших игр этого года. Это далеко не проходняк. Поиграйте для начала и прочувствуйте игру, прежде чем ставить такие плохие оценки.
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  4. Jan 6, 2022
    10
    Awesome graphics incredible graphics interesting characters and story and great graphics
  5. Dec 14, 2021
    8
    3 ème épisode de la saga "The Dark Pictures", the house of ashes ne change que très peu la formule de base. On est face à un jeu purement3 ème épisode de la saga "The Dark Pictures", the house of ashes ne change que très peu la formule de base. On est face à un jeu purement narratif avec un gameplay limité, souvent synonyme de QTE. Les choix cruciaux sont toujours de la partie avec la possibilité de réussir le jeu avec tous les protagonistes en vie, ou aucun...
    Dans ce 3ème opus, on constate que la technique s'améliore avec des décors plus "grandioses" et des textures plus travaillées même si tout n'est pas parfait.
    Niveau scénario, il est meilleur que le 2ème (little hope), mais je garde tout de même ma préférence pour le 1er pour le moment. Le doublage français est pas mal par contre la synchro labiale est souvent aux fraises.
    J'espère juste que pour la saison 2 (il reste encore 1 épisode à venir pour la saison 1), ils iront plus loin dans le gameplay et revenir à des titres plus jouables comme Until Dawn.
    Cela reste un très bon jeu pour ceux qui aiment le genre, ce qui est mon cas.
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  6. Oct 25, 2021
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It took me almost 5 1/2 hours in co-op for this interactive survival action "horror". I also played the predecessors in co-op and overall House of Ashes is the best part for me. In retrospect, part 1 was rather weak, part 2 does it better and part 3 ultimately the strongest.

    Nevertheless, you don't get your money's worth in terms of horror, House of Ashes is much more geared towards action. But that doesn't really bother me, for me personally there isn't much good horror anyway (regardless of whether it is a film or a game).

    the atmosphere

    We liked the setting very much, the narrow streets in this outdated system of ruins created an oppressive effect and made the demonic beings more threatening. The game has a fabulous staging that is graphically pretty, but has to deal with bugs and texture errors. The reloading of textures in cutscenes was already done in a very high density (Series X). The facial expressions were also a bit bumpy in places, which is a shame, especially with such a game that is more of a film than a game.

    But I found the presentation itself outstanding, because a lot is staged by numerous video sequences. The cut scenes in particular were pretty good.

    story

    It's just more action than horror. The Iraq war had to serve as the starting point for the setting, but the whole thing then turns into very exciting and sometimes surprising twists and turns. I hadn't really expected to explain where the "demons" come from, even if you probably know it from well-known film adaptations. I just didn't think about it and was then all the more surprised and, above all, positively surprised how the game was developing. Even at this junction in the story relatively at the end, the scenery is really good again and grows beyond itself.

    I basically all liked the characters, even if some of them were very questionable characterizations, but that's part of the character. Otherwise, in terms of dialogue, it is not the yellow of the egg, to put it cautiously, but there are really worse things. I found the conversation with the two "warring" soldiers' factions at the end very strong.

    For me a significant increase in story building, but also nothing special here. To be honest, I never approached the Dark Pictures Anthology with the expectation of experiencing the finest storytelling. It just goes with everything in the background.

    Gameplay

    Well, you know what to expect in terms of gameplay. That is not much. It's just more of an interactive film without great gameplay. Sometimes a Quicktime event here to explore something in the form of a walking simulator. It's banal and suggests a little more freedom in exploring, especially in the catacombs or the temple area, but it's still very, very limited. Here the game could have offered a little more gameplay sections, which does not mean that the cutscenes should be shortened.

    The co-op worked very well for the most part and is divided up in an interesting way. My colleague could then make a comparison in the stream from time to time and there were clear differences until the characters were brought back together or not (4/5 or 4/6 survived with us, I don't even know how much those were). These differences existed right at the beginning of the tutorial, where everyone had completely different video sequences.

    SORRY, we had desynchronizations from time to time, so that sometimes it did not go on because one of them had reached progress faster or connection errors (despite a two-sided perfect connection). Fortunately, this only led to going into the main menu for a short time and accepting loading times because the co-op partner was still playing on a One X. Annoying and definitely open to criticism, but not a complete break because the save points were set well.

    Conclusion

    So far the best part of the series for us and very fun, exciting and also surprising. Unfortunately, the horror is neglected again. 8/10 demons.
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  7. Nov 7, 2021
    5
    "The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes" is indeed a game full of horrors - unfortunately, you may just not find it where you´d really"The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes" is indeed a game full of horrors - unfortunately, you may just not find it where you´d really expect it. Mostly uninteresting characters and a boring story without any notable scares make the third entry in the series the weakest to date. It´s really hard to imagine how the franchise is attempting to survive another five years of sequels when it´s already suffering from a complete lack of new ideas right now. Expand

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