Song Of Horror Review (Xbox Series S)

A 3rd person, fixed-camera survival horror adventure. Our Song Of Horror Review has us fearing the Presence, a mysterious entity you cannot fight: stay alert, hide, breathe slowly… Explore cursed places where unseen spirits and lost souls linger in a true horror story for the ages.

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Song Of Horror Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 10.6GB download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Four Difficulties – E.T.A Hoffman, M. R James, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P Lovecraft.
  • Graphics – film grain filter, brightness, and chromatic aberration.
  • 3 save slots.
  • The prelude acts as a tutorial.
  • Immersive horror gameplay.
  • The game is meant to be played many times as it randomizes and changes every game.
  • Permadeath is recommended but is optional.
  • 3 font sizes-small, medium, and large.
  • 3rd person perspective.
  • Cutscenes are in-game change to a black and white cel-shaded graphics style.
  • Strong voicework.
  • You can skip cutscenes if you so wish.
  • Dots show on screen to show what you can interact with.
  • Icons say what type of interaction it will be.
  • A light source is a powerful tool in the game and you can use the right stick to move it around.
  • Four characters – Sophie Van Dened, Etienne Bertrand, Alexander Laskin, and Alina Ramos. Each has its own light source style, special item, and unique set of stats for speed, stealth, strength, and serenity.
  • There are more characters to play as in each of the chapters with 13 being the grand total.
  • The game takes place in multiple areas from a somewhat living mansion to mental hospitals and abandoned Abbeys.
  • The game changes as you play based on interactions, actions, and any death.
  • Puzzle elements.
  • You can examine and rotate full 3D. Models of any collected items.
  • Tense atmosphere.
  • Doors can be opened, closed and you can listen to noises on the other side.
  • Map to help with navigation and shows points of interest and your location.
  • Can block doors or slam them shut on people? With a QTE.
  • When a character dies they drop all their items and they are shown on the map.
  • Lose all characters and you have to start the episode again.
  • Uses vibration of the pad is a good effective way.
  • Save and exit.

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Song Of Horror Review Cons:

  • You don’t get much help with navigating or knowing what to do.
  • Modern tank controls take some getting used to.
  • A lot of key findings to open doors.
  • Slow pace.
  • Seeing anything can be tricky.

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Song Of Horror:

Official website.

Developer: Protocol Games

Publisher: Raiser Games

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.6/10

Summary

Song of Horror is a fantastic take on the horror genre. Usually, I don’t go in for these games but I thought I would at least try, after a few hours it had me hooked. It’s a 3rd person game that has you choosing a character and going into a location to get clues about a missing writer called Sebastian. What awaits you is a fixed perspective game that uses an entity known only as a Presence and it will be always chasing you down and you can never fight it, listen to doors to avoid danger, slam doors onto the Presence in order to survive. It’s a fantastic game as it does a lot of things right from using light sources as the main tool in finding things, the levels are well planned out and allow freedom whilst staying on task, the horror is jump scare heavy but it creates such tense anxiety-ridden atmosphere that you will be always on edge. Song of Horror can and will be played many times, it’s a game everyone will experience differently but make no bones about it, Song of Horror is a fantastic ride.

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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