Dear Reader. I’m sorry to inform that you’ve been committed to the The Blackwood Pines Sanatorium. We promise to take the utmost care of you during your recovery. Please enjoy your stay. That is.. IF YOU EVER TRULY RECOVER!!! BWUHAHAHA!!!
Sony went all out for Supermassive games’ PS VR exclusive, The Inpatient at PSX 2017. They brought Blackwood Pines to life, as I was wheelchaired to my demo station by an assigned Doctor. I could heard the screams of other patients along my journey to “recovery”. Freaky? Yes. A great experience? Oh yeah.
Set 60 years before the events of Until Dawn, you’ll have a better understanding of what exactly happened at the infamous crazy house before everything went to hell. The demo started with me being questioned, as I was asked these questions, I had choices to make. If you’ve played it Until Dawn, you know how this works. Every decision you make (supposedly) changes the game, as the butterfly effect causes ripples to the outcome of your story. During most of the demo I was strapped to my wheelchair, though at one point I was able to get out of it, as I explored my quarters, controls felt smooth and fluid. One of the cooler aspects in the final build will be the ability to say the answers to the questions, making the experience feel even more interactive when it drops in January 2018.
Something else that makes the experience feel even more real HAS to be the graphics! I’ve played a multitude of PS VR titles since the headset launched in 2016. Everything from short experiences to full-blown VR games such as Resident Evil 7. I’m here to tell you that The Inpatient is easily one of the most graphically impressive games I’ve seen yet for Sony’s VR wunderkind. When the Doctor reached to touch my hand, reassuring me that everything would be ok, I leaned in to get closer look on his face. The details we’re staggering. You can clearly tell that Supermassive Games took advantage of everything they’ve learned with Rush of Blood, as they’re truly harnessing the power of the PS4 with some great results. The crazy part? The Sony rep. I talked to said the game is still being optimized for release. So it could potentially look ever better upon release.
While the demo only lasted around 15 minutes and I most certainly will not post any spoilers, I returned to my normal life impressed, knowing that Supermassive Games will be starting off 2018 with one helluva’ scary bang. The rep with Sony mentioned to me that the game would be a 5 to 6 hour game, so expect plenty of twist and scares come January 23, 2018.
Will you be taking a visit to the Blackwood Pines Sanatorium this Winter?!