Readers could know by now that I’m a fan of first-person video games the place you stroll round a stunning atmosphere and get creeped out. Close To The Sun shouldn’t be solely a type of, however it additionally has a enjoyable weird-alt-history plot the place Tesla kicked Edison’s ass and created an enormous floating ship-state of scientists in worldwide waters.
You flip up on stated ship after issues have gone a bit tits up, clearly. Your sister was one of many scientists engaged on the ship, and she or he was doing one thing to do with time, which is clearly an inadvisable factor to do. You navigate the ship, sometimes making contact along with her, Tesla himself, and a paternal and useful third scientist trapped close to the engines.
The pacing for the primary half of the sport actually is great. The inside of the Helios is plush and form of neo-Victorian steampunk, all extremely polished wooden and brass, and velvety upholstery, and also you begin discovering unsettling issues. Letters about spies, deserted rooms, piles of dismembered dead our bodies. Y’know, that ol’ chestnut. You’re stalked by way of the ship by each unseen monsters and an terrible human serial killer. Creep-o-rama. Very fashionable certainly.
It’s helped by a system meaning some bounce scares or creepy bits will solely occur when you’re wanting in the proper course, which suggests you don’t get that factor the place a scary violin screech occurs however you had been busy arsing about some place else, and miss no matter you had been alleged to catch sight of. Close To The Sun feels very modern in that regard. No nervous moments wasted.
Sadly there are a few annoying insta-death chase sequences to get by way of, and as soon as the unseen monsters turn into seen additionally they turn into a lot much less scary, which is at all times the best way. But on the entire I actually loved Close To The Sun, and hope the abrupt ending is a sign that there’s extra of it to come back. An enormous attractive sequel within the works. A woman can dream, eh?