3 video games to celebrate Halloween the way it should – Les Inrocks

La virée d’un psy dans l’esprit de quatre patient week.

New to the popular first-person horror trend, In Sound Mind takes us through the psyche of tormented characters as Jars takes inspiration from Tim Burton for his challenges between strategy and riddles. As for The Good Life, by Japanese cult creator Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro, it might unknowingly be the scariest game out there.

In healthy mind

Since Silent Hill at least, the haunted places that horror games transport us to are less and less what they seem, less anchored in reality, but more unstable, more disturbing. It is no longer what happens in the world, but in our heads (through that of the protagonists) that becomes a game, and in a way that is often very shameful. It is in this trend – of which the best current specialists are the Poles of Bloober Team (Layers of Fear, Blair Witch, The Medium …) – that In Sound Mind fits. With a good idea: turning his hero into a psychiatrist projected into the tormented minds of four of his patients, which strangely makes him a horrible counterpart to the recent Psychonauts 2.

On these promising bases, In Sound Mind unfortunately develops a rather boring and routine adventure, only punctuated by some plastic and fun sparkles. A little too wise, this madness.

On PS5, Xbox Series X / S and Windows, we created Stuff / Modus, from € 30 to € 40. To be released on Switch

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Rats, spiders, and many other disgusting creatures tirelessly crawl through your parents’ basement. To stop them, we will have to be quick and precise, throw a dart at them or send our allies mosquitoes and hedgehogs into battle. But beware: the further you advance through the levels, the more urgent the threat becomes and the less right you have to make mistakes.

Puzzle game that takes up the principles of tower defense, Jars is one of those games that seem nothing (except for its graphic style under the influence of Tim Burton) but that, being periodically renewed by additions that force you to review your way of playing , they do not drop when we put our finger on it. As long as you don’t back down. Not because of its universe (gentillet), but because of the very principle of the defense of the tower, of these inexorable enemy advances that nothing seems to be able to stop. In video games, we don’t know much about this fear.

Sur Switch et Windows, Mousetrap Games / Daedalic, environment € 15

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The good life

Just over a year after Deadly Premonition 2, Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro, a great eccentric figure in Japanese video games, is back. Lighter and in a new setting – after the American city, place in the English countryside -, The Good Life continues to be a testament to the taste for the strange and the breaks in tone of this great fan of Twin Peaks. The game entrusts us with the fate of a photojournalist who goes to investigate the supposed “happiest city in the world” and who gains the power to transform himself into a dog or cat at will.

It could be an experiment in the limits of Animal Crossing-style life simulation or how comedy resists eruptions of the fantastic. It’s mostly a game that, despite some interesting discoveries, turns into a nightmare with its cumbersome and clunky technical design. A game in hell, the repeated delivery missions of which could cause deep trauma and which perhaps shows the limits of the Swery system. Unless we’re the guinea pigs of a wicked teacher’s test?

Sur Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S et Windows, White Owls / Playism, from € 25 to € 35

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