The teaser for Tormented Souls was enough to pique my curiosity. However, after viewing 20 minutes of gameplay footage, I clapped my hands in celebration. With Dual Effect and Abstract Digital handling development and PQube Limited taking care of the publishing, the three companies seek to bring back classic survival horror. All I have to say is that it’s about damn time!
Looking The Part
As someone who has been waiting for a title to faithfully recreate the survival horror experiences of old, Tormented Souls appears to be exactly what I’ve been waiting for. Players will take control of Caroline Walker and explore the Wildberger Mansion. Wildberger just oozes with an atmosphere similar to the Spencer Estate from Resident Evil. The sound design combines with the setting to form an excellent feeling of ambiance for the game.
In terms of gameplay, Tormented Souls utilizes tank controls and even static camera angles. Caroline has to survive the horrific situation she’s in, solving puzzles, collecting keys, and reading journal entries along the way. The game’s save system also takes from the old school games in the genre. Caroline will have to collect tapes scattered around Wildberger in order to save her progress using a magnetphone. She also won’t be defenseless during the adventure as she can wield a modified nailgun to fight off enemies. They seem to be able to take a lot of ammo to bring down as well, which will incitive players to be conservative with their resources.
Will It Deliver
So far I’m extremely impressed with Tormented Souls. The title seems to capture what I feel survival horror is about. It takes a lot of courage to release a title so faithful to the classics, due to them being considered dated by today’s standards. Instead of military specialists, they opted for a more grounded character. Caroline is untrained and ill-prepared for the situation she’s in, which makes her feel relatable. However, I do have to admit that the game can use a bit of polish before release. Some of the animations could use some work and I also wish that character’s mouths moved during dialogue.
Tormented Souls releases in 2021 for Steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox, and the Nintendo Switch. PQube Limited, Abstract Digital and Dual Effect, the ball is in your court. Don’t let me down.