The closest thing I’ve ever done to deep-sea diving is drinking water too fast when I’m mega-thirsty and choking myself half to death. I don’t like the idea of being a sheet of glass away from a watery grave. I don’t even like watery gravy. A new underwater horror adventure allows me to replicate that terror in a controlled environment, so I can crap my actual pants while drowning at the hands of a giant spider crab in a virtual world. If I could think of I way I’d like to die, I’d have done it by now, but underwater, running out of oxygen and being eaten by crabs while an octopus blows its inky load down my throat, wouldn’t even make my top ten.
Narcosis is an underwater horror adventure, seemingly designed exclusively for VR that doesn’t actually have VR support on the PlayStation. Which is weird because any positive I took from it was based around the thought “I’m sure this would be amazing if I had a VR headset”. The game is claustrophobic and intense and sits about one per cent above my personal line of ‘fuck this, it’s boring’.
It begins like a lot of parties end, fully submerged in a swimming pool with distant voices telling you to try and get out. Suddenly, like the day after the party, you are transported from this memory into a deep dark cave of despair. Your submarine has got a big hole (like your mom), and the entire crew are dead, or about to be as soon as you see them. Your mission in the game is to get to another submarine so they can get you out’ve the water. The actual game is robbing the corpses of your friends for useless shit while trying to stay alive.
The controls are very sluggish, by design, emulating the slow ponderous pace of a deep sea diver. If you get too close to a dead body or a giant spider crab your character starts to have a panic attack, causing you to take in too much oxygen, so you have to take him away from the environment, stick on Headspace and get him to chill out. Then continue. The game takes maybe three or four hours to complete and isn’t really that interesting, but it is very atmospheric and if this kinda stupid shit appeals to you, you may enjoy this. I was almost entirely frustrated with the game the whole time.
Still, other people seem to like it, and it can’t all be pretentious morons that enjoy walking simulators.
Narcosis (Playstation 4)
Cephalopods are actually relatively harmless to humans, so there’s nothing to worry about. Just kidding. There’s probably one behind you right now about to suck out your brain.
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