When you think about the word horror, what comes to mind? A memory? A choice that you made in life? But what if that horror, that moment of pure fear became more psychological in ways where your mind will put you into a place that you will soon not forget. Certain situations can get our heart rate up and think of the worse case. But if you were, in fact, in that situation, how do you think you would handle it, and do you think you would ever be the same after? Does developer WildSphere bring the horror? Let’s find out with OXIDE Room 104 for the PlayStation 5.
OXIDE Room 104 is a psychological-horror game that combines escape room gameplay and action that is set inside an old motel. So before you go in trying to think you can escape, there are some things you should be aware of. First, if you are easily startled by horror, be warned that some of the scenes are intense. Second, you will want to make sure that your DualSense controller is fully charged. You don’t want to be caught in a situation that you find that you cannot get out of because you forgot to charge. Third, make sure you have a good pair of headphones there are things that really need to be heard. Fourth, I am not going to spoil anything for anyone. And finally, have some fun. With all that said, let’s continue…
When I first heard of OXIDE Room 104 and saw the trailer, there was something that I could not help but think about and that is the SAW movie franchise. Because it’s that type of horror that you will soon experience here. From the very start of the game and presenting itself in a movie-type atmosphere, I knew I was in for a treat. You play as Matt, who heads to a motel and as the camera pans away, it turns to you waking up with no clothes on in a bathtub not knowing exactly what has happened other than you are wounded. It’s from this point you will need to find your clothes, but out of the bathroom in hopes of escaping this motel.
But there is one thing you will notice about the bathroom door is that your name, MATT, which looks like it is spelled out in blood. What is important here is you only have four chances to succeed and every time you don’t, you start to see your name go away. But keep in mind, every time you don’t succeed, you must start over again in the bathtub and also things around you have changed.
There are creatures that you will either try to avoid, sneak past, or try your aim with the gun that you will need to worry about as you will start to learn about the evil that is Eva. Not only do you have to worry about escaping and evil things, but there is also a mad doctor who is holding you hostage and will punish you every time you have to wake up from the tub. More on this in a few.
As you try and escape the variety of rooms throughout the motel, you will find letters that help piece things together along with different puzzles that will need to be solved. Items such as ammo and health supplies, for example, are located throughout. Again, if you happen to have to start from the beginning, those items may very well not be in the same spot. You will just need to learn from your previous time in the rooms just to get a feel of what needs to be collected.
Now, as I was playing through and after my second unsuccessful attempt and how I was really going to do this review, I decided to go a different route with it all. As I mentioned, when I first heard and saw the trailer for the game, I did receive those SAW vibes and I wanted to see how it could go graphically if I didn’t make it. I can say without a shadow of a doubt, that what WildSphere has done here is something brutal and horrific, and really just added to all the vibes I had about this game. But a warning, what you are about to watch is not for the faint of heart. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Now, if you would like a different perspective of OXIDE Room 104, you can always check out the review from The Indie Legends…
Let’s talk about the graphics and sound. Graphically, the atmosphere that is provided here does give this eerie feeling with walking around at night time and the lights from the motel hitting just the right way to even the night gloomy sky gives the look like the hope you never stay in this type of hotel alone. On the PS5, the detail is really well done and I spent time actually looking over the smallest things just to check them out. The sound and the screams from the rooms that you pass by make you think should you try and help or survive this mental nightmare. The small sounds that you hear make you want to look and make sure nothing is just crawling around you.
There are a few things that I hope to get updated. For one, it felt to me a little bit like the aiming was just a bit off. Maybe this was by design, but there were a few times that I would try and shoot a monster and had it in my sights and missed. And really the only other thing that is missing is a VR mode. There is just something about playing this game and seeing the potential of additional fear and horror if it was able to be played in Virtual Reality.
OXIDE Room 104 brings the chills and horror atmosphere and is not afraid to leave some of the more simple things laid out on the table for you to enjoy. Sometimes in life, we are faced with our most terrifying fears that we may be too afraid to actually face. But sometimes it takes facing our fears to build our characters of who we are destined to become.
OXIDE Room 104 is out now digitally for PS4 and PS5 on the PlayStation Store and the physical release is available at a retailer near you and coming soon to the Perp Game Store. A review code was provided. To learn more about WildSphere, please visit their site, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time, I am going to unlock the rest of the different endings.