Life can be tragic and sometimes there can be no escape from the terror that eventually prevails over your existence, especially for those who lived in the dark days of the early 20th century. Once a well known and admired painter, you are on a precipice, just waiting for the next terrible occurrence to send you flying over the edge to absorbed by the madness that awaits. You have already lost those who mattered, those who you loved – your wife and child, leaving you alone in the massive Victorian mansion that you call home. Your fame has dissipated and you now have just one thing left in your life, one thing that could mean everything, you have to finish the Magnum Opus. Finish this painting and discover the truth about who you are and what you have done.
Before starting you are instructed to turn out all of the lights and wear some headphones to get the best experience, advice I followed. Layers of Fear is a deep, dark and at times demented psychological adventure horror game. I say game, but really it is more than that when you are sat in the darkness and all you can see, hear, experience are within the world created for you by the game makers, you are part of the game, you quickly become absorbed. This is of course the intention of our friends over at The Bloober Team. They want you at their mercy so that every facet of the game can be truly appreciated.
As you progress through the story, that is heavily inspired by the works of art from past centuries, dark, heavy and intense art, you uncover the collection of personal items that trigger memories and allow you a little more of a glimpse into our protagonists mind. Everything is not as it seems though, the landscape in front of you changes, it is filled with endless hallways, changing rooms and dark, demented thoughts. The sometimes psychedelic atmosphere takes you into the twisted and tourmented mind of the painter, urging you to finish the Magnum Opus.
Great fun, Layers of Fear will make you jump, scream, laugh at your self and keep you captivated, a fantastic addition to the horror genre.