[Review] Agony (2018)
Agony is a first-person, survival horror game set in Hell. You will begin your journey as a tormented soul within the depths of the Underworld, without any memories of your past. Equipped with the special ability to control people on your journey – even possessing demons themselves – you’ll have all the necessary tools to survive in the extreme conditions of Hell.
I hope my frustration doesn’t show too much while doing this review, but I’ve got to tell you, I’m a bit miffed that I blew 40 bucks on this instead of waiting for a sale. I was very excited when this game first arrived but after playing the first hour or so, I’m kind of let down. The gameplay is not only extremely tedious and repetitive, but the graphics are pretty bad too. The voice-over acting is extremely cheesy and the bad mechanics and levels left me lost as hell. So far, I haven’t enjoyed the game as much as I would have liked.
I will admit that the overall atmosphere and sound is awesome though. It has a very unique setting, and it’s executed more or less flawlessly, but the repetition involved, even that gets old fast. I’d recommend waiting a little while for them to release some very much needed patches before buying Agony…I sure wish I had. There’s an overabundance of screen-tearing but to be fair, they’ve already stated this will be the next thing getting a fix, so here’s hoping for the best on that.
Somehow my saved data also got corrupted and I had to erase everything I had saved, my entire progress and everything and just restart it. This isn’t just coming from me, it’s well known in nearly every other review out there. Once I went back in, it happened again on my new playthrough for some reason. So there goes another couple of hours of hard work. It also deleted not only my saves, but all my collectibles ended up missing. The most aggravating issue is that it’s incredibly easy for you to get stuck in between the floors and into the walls while in spirit mode or while you are crouched.
The gameplay is also way too slow. Wandering around aimlessly through mazes and solving puzzles all while trying to avoid enemies you can’t even kill isn’t my idea of a fun game. You will probably get very tired of hearing the same two people saying the same lines over and over and over again too. One thing I’d like to mention, to those who have said the game is too shiny, etc, you can turn off those graphics effects in your settings menu. Makes it look much better honestly.
All in all, there’s still a long way to go before this game is fixed enough to where you can enjoy it. I applaud the studio for at least listening to our concerns, it’s not as bad as everyone makes it out to be but these bugs really do ruin it for me.
I found this on Kickstarter.com, June 27, 2018, and this is what they had to say…so yeah, let’s keep our fingers crossed because I really do want to enjoy this game!
We regret to inform you that our company is currently struggling with financial problems. Due to technical and legal reasons, Madmind must cancel the development of Agony Unrated. Part of the team will continue to support Agony on Steam and consoles by publishing new patches.
Regarding the Xbox One patch – we have managed to find and fix the bug that was present on the Xbox One X console. We have sent the improved update to our publisher, who will pass it to the Microsoft today or tomorrow and we are expecting it to be approved in the next couple of days.
PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will get another patch this week. It will introduce many fixes and a highly refined lighting system.”
About the product
- Surpass the limits of your mind and exploit every shadow to hide and survive as you test your nerves of Steel and Venture into the most secret realms of hell
- Find secret patterns and draw them with your own Blood on the sacrificial Stones, collecting ancient artifacts along the way and using their powers to discover hidden paths in another dimension
- Huge, visually stunning levels and uniquely terrifying game design; find your path through a mystical floating Forest and other hostile environments
- Resist the seductive yet dangerous ‘Red Goddess’ in this terrifying story of horror, eroticism, and damnation inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Inferno
Genre: Survival Horror
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Developer: Madmind Studio
Game Engine: RE Engine
Platforms: MS Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Steam
Mode(s): Single Player
Reviewed by: Chad Bartlett
Our Rating: 2.8 /5
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