Tormented Souls is a classic fixed camera angle survival horror inspired by the original Resident Evil and Alone in the Dark and Silent Hill series. The game has a classic “here is a massive building to explore” along with lots of classic backtracking and (amazing) puzzle solving.
Does it live its expectations…. Well.. Sort of…
What can I say about the story? Well, truth is it is not great and its not bad. Like many classic survival horror games, this game has a lot of foreshadowing, especially at the beginning. By way of an example, games like Silent Hill, throughout the story you find yourself often wondering “is this all in his head”? “What happened to the person he is finding, like the Maria case from Silent Hill 2 or Silent hill homecoming with Alex and his brother”?
Tormented Souls, well, it’s easy to point out the obvious at the start. However, the story is still pretty interesting and a bit corny in the corners but hey – it has a better story than some other games I have played in the past.
Straight up – it is pretty bland. As a fan of the old school “tank style controls”, this was not really good when it comes to combat. For example, when you get a weapon, I want to take out an enemy! I want to take them out with a lot of bullets, old school style. This is made awkward as you can not move when you use your weapon. It is as if your feet get stuck in glue when you start to shoot.
Also, There is no push back when you hit the enemies. The physics feels a little “off”. For example, as the enemy takes a lot of hits, they can still get close to you and take you out. You’d think if you were getting shot you’d stagger back or at least move back in the direction you were shot at, but hey.
Controls & Puzzles
But from what I seen there is a step back but I could never figure out how to execute it on the mouse and keyboard. In regards to the puzzles, simply put – they are amazing. From classic Resident Evil style where you have to examine and combine things to the Silent Hill type puzzles – they are all here and they are all mixed into one. This makes solving puzzles incredibly fun (although you do have to backtrack sometimes). Backtracking can take you to different places as well as back to places where you might have missed something.
The Graphics are really nice – there is no lag and everything is really blended. There is a lot of graphic polish here and the Developers should be commended for it. Also, note there are a few minor game bugs that need tweaking (perhaps a small hotfix should do the trick).
I think the best way to describe this game is a “half and half” – with combat being pretty bad, the story telling pretty weak, but the puzzles and graphics are definitely on point. If you are a classic horror survival this will be good and the price.