The Farm 51’s dark amal­ga­ma­tion of gen­res keeps things odd

XBox: The Official Magazine (US) - - PREVIEWS - Bandai Namco De­vel­oper The Farm 51 Xbox One ETA 2017

Hor­ror games have a prob­lem to over­come. For a time, sim­ply lean­ing on the tra­di­tions and beats of cin­e­matic hor­ror was enough, as the nov­elty of be­ing cast at the cen­ter of the ac­tion would counter even the most cyn­i­cal genre stal­wart’s doubts. But the jump scares and tech­niques that have kept us on our toes in games like Res­i­den­tEvil, TheEvilWithin and even Dead­S­pace are start­ing to be­come in­creas­ingly fa­mil­iar, los­ing their po­tency – even if, ad­mit­tedly, we still leave the light on at bed­time for a few evenings af­ter a good scare ses­sion. (You don’t?)

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