The fast-paced evolution of video game tech made survival horror one of the most overused genres in video games. The surge in popularity of zombie-themed games (thanks to Resident Evil) inspired both AAA and indie video game developers to come up with their own depiction of what a zombie apocalypse would look like. After all, what’s more fun than blowing up mindless brain-eating monsters?
Nevertheless, survival horror is not supposed to be bone-chilling, terrifying, and unforgivingly scary. For the most part, survival horror is supposed to be about impossible feats that cross the boundaries between fiction and reality. Survival horror does not go easy on the player by providing a bigger weapon at each milestone. It is something that punishes you until you become numb to even notice fear itself.
With that in mind, the survival horror norm depicted in the zombie-themed game has undermined some of the brutally punishing survival horror franchises in gaming. One of which is the Italian video game series called Remothered.
Remothered is one of those acclaimed yet underrated survival series in video games. The game pays homage to the Japanese point and click survival horror game for the PS1 called Clock Tower. Since its inception, the game has received multiple accolades from the industry itself. With that said, let’s take a brief overview of the overall gameplay, iconic features, and narrative of Remothered: Broken Porcelain.
Remothered: Broken Porcelain as you may have noticed in the lengthy introduction, is not your typical survival horror game that provides you devastating weapons and gadgets. What it does bring is narrative-driven gameplay packed with visual and psychological horrors. It’s more like Granny than Resident Evil. It puts you in a dimly lit claustrophobic environment. The game challenges your reaction time, decision-making skills, wits, and fear threshold in a single seating.
Remothered: Broken Porcelain will test your wits and smarts under pressure. You will play as a maid named Jennifer employed by the eerie Ashman Inn. Right off the bat, the game will introduce you to a cold, dim, and lifeless dwelling illuminated by dim lampshades.
If the setting is not enough to send shivers through your spine, the cat and mouse (where you are the mouse) gameplay definitely will. Although the game does provide you with small trinkets and consumables to temporarily drive away your pursuers. Those items do not shield you from the real horror which is the game’s immersive narrative. Setting the ambiance is Luca Balboni who brilliantly captured the essence of the Remothered: Broken Porcelain aims to depict.
Remothered: Broken Porcelain is not a long game but its slow-paced gameplay makes the experience feel like an eternity. Like its predecessor, the game is positively received by both critics and gamers. To that end, if you are looking for the survival game that provides you with the firepower to counter your enemies, this is not it. However, if you think you are brave or enough to venture into the dark and eerie side of survival horror, Remothered: Broken Porcelain is something that you should check out.
Remothered: Broken Porcelain is available for the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.