Review: Dollhouse (PlayStation 4)

Dollhouse

Dollhouse is a frightening film noir horror story sure to send shivers down your spine. Survive a horrifying trip into the mind of detective Marie. Piece your past together, but watch your back, as something gravely dangerous is hunting you down.

Pros:

  • Black and white graphic style.
  • 6.32gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Graphics quality- Cinematic or action.
  • Sensitivity and invert axis options.
  • Two modes-campaign or multiplayer.
  • Puze horror gameplay.
  • Photo mode.
  • OK voice work.
  • Opening tutorial section with ongoing prompts and tips.
  • Voyeur mode-turns off enemy threats so no chance of dying.
  • Items show up as colors like blue yellow or green.
  • Death-you drops everything but can go back to your corpse and recover it all.
  • Game-you uncovers/fund clues and keys and explores an ever-expanding Labyrinth. Solve puzzles and use your camera flash to ward off an unknown threat.
  • Secrets and collectibles.
  • Tense atmosphere.
  • Stamina system which is used for running.
  • Torch-game is dark so a torch is paramount but does have a charge bar.
  • 4 narratives (difficulty)-Mystery (easy), Biography (normal), documentary (hard), family(extreme).
  • Interesting idea.
  • Horror aspects and feeling of dread and isolation.

Dollhouse

Cons:

  • Only one control layout.
  • Narrations are tied to difficulty.
  • Really small text/subtitles.
  • Small icons are hard to make out.
  • You can die in the tutorial.
  • Your torch has a short use time and is constantly recharging.
  • Clunky controls.
  • No map or guidance.
  • Slow pace.
  • Never quite sure what’s happening.
  • Few issues with interactions and picking up items not being recognized.

Dollhouse

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.2/10

Summary

Dollhouse, a game that sounds and looks really interesting. I still maintain as an idea it is excellent, being in constant fear of an unknown entity haunting you as you gain items and clues to solve puzzles and escape. Has loose links to the Dollhouse TV show but no celebrities were hired in the making of this game. The controls are clunky, the sheer ease of death and a constant feeling of being stuck and confused is Haigh aside from that it has a few shining moments with a strong style and I honestly would like to see a sequel with a more interactive experience. As it is Dollhouse is a neat idea that is not fully realized and has many flaws to prevent full enjoyment.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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