Last week I finally built up enough intrigue, and of course courage, to attempt Hideo Kojima's demo for the falsely titled 'P.T.', the publicity stunt for the actual project which as we now know is Silent Hills. For those that haven't given it a shot yet, you can find it for free in the demo section on the Playstation Store on your PS4. But be warned.
I had just finished The Evil Within, not particularly scary now, and felt that I could just quickly try out this demo for 20 minutes. My girlfriend wasn't at home, so there I was playing this on my own in the evening with no lights on in the room. What the hell was I thinking?!?!
At least this lucky bas!&%$ had a friend next to him to get scared with!! Now I'm a huge fan of Hideo Kojima's work, as well as that of Guillermo Del Toro. Del Toro may only be producing the project, but his insight into the horror genre will surely be witnessed in the final product that will be Silent Hills. We'll hear more on the actual nitty-gritty of the game closer to its 2016 release date for the PS4.
But it doesn't matter how much of a fan you may be going into this demo, I was not prepared for how terrifying this thing would be. I was dreading walking around that first corner every single time, I just had no idea of what to expect. And the baby trapped in the fridge crying above you was just...I just didn't know how to handle what I was seeing.
But it got me thinking, if a game that was supposedly 20 hours long came out and was like this for its whole campaign, I'm not sure I'd be able to play all of it. Naturally, Kojima is a man who knows how to create some great pacing, so the scares will assumedly be more spread out then they were in the P.T. Demo. But that atmosphere was just too much to handle sometimes.
Seeing that small girl climb on top of me and grimace, showing me all of her teeth was just horrendous. But even the creature up on the balcony that you can't see very well was killing me as I sat there in the dark.
I enjoy the old horror game from time to time for sure! I mean Alien: Isolation was one of the best experiences of the year, though its horror elements were certainly diminished in the last few hours. The sight or sound of that Alien coming for you was still creepy though. But P.T. is on a whole new level.
What do you horror fans think? Would you be able to handle playing 20 hours of Silent Hills if it was like this horrifying demo? If I had to review this game, I would feel like I was being forced to endure something horrendous...I'm not sure I'd be able to take it. Let us know in the comments gamers!