Devotion is a revelatory horror game, one that manages to remain unsettling and horrific through the mood and tone that’s imparted from the game’s design and storytelling. This is refreshing since rather than relying on unearned jump scares and unending chase-sequences, the thematic elements of the game bring the experience to life. Making this arguably the first great new horror title of 2019, and a must-play for any enthusiast of the genre.
One of the best survival horror games of the generation, that's frequently terrifying but also surprisingly nuanced and intelligent when it comes to its storytelling.
Devotion is at its worst in the moments when it relies on cheap jump-scares and horror tropes, and at its best when it prods the depths of protagonist Feng Yu’s psyche, as it does to devastating effect in its grisly climax and conclusion.
Peeling back the layers of its mystery, I found a game that is deeply thoughtful and very, very sad. It's a game that pulls its sense of fear out of everyday emotions, out of love, ambition, and of course, devotion. In doing so, it emerges as a horror game that reaches far beyond trying to startle or unnerve you. It becomes a deftly told story about the nature of fear itself.
Feeling like a successful meeting between Silent Hill 2 and what Remains of Edith Finch, Devotion is magnificiently written and disturbing experience. A fantastic, scary, immersive first-person horror journey that you can jump in unquestionably.
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