I have been staring at my computer for the better part of 20 minutes trying to put my enjoyment of this game into words. I have played so many horror games in my days and I have to say that this ranks up there with some of the greats.I think I finally figured out what to say.
This is the first time in a very long time that I got to PLAY a horror game. Let me clarify. This game felt like you were telling me a story and I got to experience it at my own pace. There was no bullshit that stopped me half way through an intense moment so I could find three pieces of paper, two key cards, and an old shoe before I was allowed to progress. There were no moments where I had to open 45 drawers and check 19 doors to figure out where I was supposed to go or what I was supposed to collect. There was never a time where you gave me 15 novels to read through so I could find 1 clue and a little bit of lore.
The sound effects were on point, a few times they might have been a bit too loud and I think it's something that could be tweaked but over all they were satisfying. The silent moments had the right amount of ambient dark background sounds to keep you on the edge of your seat while not bringing you to the moment of “What the fuck are all these weird ass sounds going on”.
I hate the idea of having to change flashlight batteries or in this case refill lighter fluid but in my whole playthrough the lighter never got below half and it honestly felt realistic with how long it would take for a zippo to run out of fluid so I can respect that. The one thing I really dislike is the idea of taking pills to “Calm yourself” or “Reduce panic” since neither of those things really make any sense. The best example I can give is imagine you are watching a great horror movie, the main character is sneaking around an abandoned house, being stalked by an unknown horror at every turn, death could be right behind the protagonist...and every 30 minutes they stop to put more fluid in their lighter and take a handful of pills. Being forced to open your menu and select pills or fluid really takes you out of the moment and in my opinion is something that should be reconsidered.
You had just the right amount of everything, from the sensitivity, to the movement, to the lighting, to the sound effects. This game has more potential than a lot of the games I've seen in awhile and I am very excited to see how the final product turns out. A solid 9/10