By Mike BC
What You Need to Know:
Layers of Fear: Legacy is a horror/suspense game that follows a painter in a large estate. You play as the painter who is trying to finish a painting. I won’t tell you what you’re painting because it is tied to the story. What I can tell you, is that you’ll want to pay attention to details while you play the game. Every time you complete a section of the story, a bit more of the painting is revealed until the end of the game when you see your masterpiece. The story is revealed while you complete a series of puzzles that range from easy to rage inducing. Be careful when you turn around. The scene may change just that quickly.
Layers of Fear: Legacy does an amazing job keeping you plugged in. I found myself wanting to go back for more every time I stopped playing. There were nights when I found myself going to sleep far later than was responsible. The story that it tells is a work of art. I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the level of depth that came from a story inside of a horror game. Typically, horror relies less on good storytelling and more on the fear. Layers of Fear: Legacy struck a good balance between the genre and the story to be told.
Despite my praises so far, this game was far from perfect. Even though this game sits in the horror category, it wasn’t that scary. For fans of the genre, it may come up short on the scare factor. The game really felt more creepy than scary. In the easier puzzles, it didn’t even feel like a game but more like an experience. My biggest concern with the game was the technical issues that I ran into. On one occasion, the puzzle repeated itself but wasn’t responding to the normal cues that got me through it the first time. After restarting the game, I was able to complete the puzzle but then the game had an error and closed itself. When I restarted the game, it moved to another puzzle. On other occasions, the game would have errors and close itself randomly with seemingly no reason to have done so. My hope is that these were isolated to my Nintendo Switch and not indicative of the whole game. My other thought was that it may be a Switch port issue not seen on other consoles. Regardless, I would be remiss in my duties as a reviewer if I didn’t report on the issues that caused me to disengage from the game. The game has so much promise, but you are taken out of the game when these kind of issues arise.
Should You Play?
Layers of Fear: Legacy is a good game. Though it has it’s faults, I really believe anyone who enjoys a dark story will enjoy playing this game. Be patient, as it has a slow start, because the payoff will be incredible. Thanks to the Bloober team for the opportunity to review this game. I am happy to recommend it!