I like strolling around the internet to find things. Sometimes something good actually comes up through all the BS.
That’s how I found this Perception game.
Perception is a horror game in development that’s actually coming out for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and the Switch.
We’ve had our many sorts of heroes in first person games. The silent ones, the noisy ones, the heroes, the villains, the “normal” guy, but from the minds behind BioShock and Dead Space comes a heroine who’s just a little different than a normal character.
Well, she’s blind.
But if she’s blind, then how could you ever play a video game that requires you to see what’s going on at all times?
I’ll tell you, it’s because our heroine, Cassie, has a unique ability that lets her navigate on her own and get a sense of what’s around her: Echolocation. Yeah, the thing bats use. The game has you playing as Cassie, but you won’t be able to see anything if there’s no sound coming out of anywhere. Cassie makes a clicking sound once a second or so which lights up the surrounding environment so for a brief moment you can see what’s around you before it fades to black again.
But what’s the story? Well, you are Cassie, a blind heroine who must use her echolocation and quick wits to escape a presence in a house that haunts her dreams. That’s all we have to go off of right now.
But before I go any further, I just want to say: this is a really f*****g cool concept to base a game off of.
Horror games are an interesting genre of video game, and what makes a horror game good is about 10% story and mechanics, and 90% atmosphere. I remember when I was playing Silent Hills 2 in my friend’s basement at night, we were hanging out and then my other friend decided to scare the s**t out of me by screaming as I was walking through a dark hallway. I screamed out of pure terror. But that’s the experience that makes these games so good, you see a horror game and you want to test yourself. You want to see what that game has to offer, what experience you’ll get out of it. And Perception looks like it’s going to be one hell of an experience.
They’ve put out a couple of gameplay trailers at this point showing how the game looks and what you should expect when you play the game, and it looks really freaking amazing. They’re using a good formula where they’ll always keep you guessing, always keep you on your toes, never quite knowing what is going to be right in front of you. I’ll probably pick it up when it comes out on May 30.
You want to know what the coolest part of this is though? Echolocation is a real thing, there are a few blind people that are actually able to navigate places by clicking their tongue and hearing how it echos. There’s even a guy who can ride a bike on a trail through a forest using nothing but his tongue and ears. It’s nice to see that something new is coming out of the horror game genre, putting a new kind of hero out there, using something that’s normally a disability to narrate a story.
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