Hey gang, Valkor here. There aren’t too many games out there that can frighten me; The first Resident Evil was one. Dying Light was another, and I'll even toss in Silent Hill: The Room into the scary mix. Now, I can add Infliction: Extended Cut for the Nintendo Switch to the mix because from start to finish, this game gave me the chills!
Infliction: Extended Cut is a first-person horror experience that puts you in the shoes of one Gary Prout, who upon returning home, gets caught in something of a “Groundhog’s Day” time loop that involves the death of his son and the growing insanity of his wife. You’ll explore your home, picking up clues or “memories” that will open up new areas to check out and discover more of what went on in the household. And the further you explore, the more you’re haunted by a female spirit (Sarah Pout) who will pop up here and there, which if you don’t know how to delay her, it’ll set you back some. There are audio cues that will alert you when she’s coming, so you must either hide or get ready to defend yourself when she arrives. Other monsters will attempt to stop you in your tracks; My favorite is a heavy brute called Crave that’ll head in your direction when you make noise and kill you with the quickness. Your journey into Infliction: Extended Cut is short, but there are enough scares that’ll keep you up many nights.
Once you’ve completed the game, you can replay any of the chapters, plus you’ll unlock a New Game+ mode that increases the difficulty while allowing you to keep the camera and the memories you’ve found. Finally, there’s a bonus stage, which is a behind the scenes and a gallery of Sarah Pout’s artwork (also in-game art, deleted scenes, and trailers). Ultimately, is the game worth the trek? Let’s find out in the TOV Breakdown!
Infliction: Extended Cut ranks as one of the scariest titles I’ve had the pleasure of playing. By comparison. Dying Light was more of an intense experience. However, Infliction has that sweet, slow buildup that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat! Even though the game cues you in on when the ghost will appear or something frightening will happen, it’s still pretty jarring, and it gets your heart pumping as you race towards a hiding spot or fumble trying to get the camera up. The progression towards the end is gradual, but the payoff is worth it as the game mixed with its dark graphics and ominous soundtrack creates an unsettling atmosphere and builds up to some serious frights. The controls aren’t my favorite, but the game is still very much playable. Finally, I enjoyed the story, connecting it with all the puzzles that you need to solve. And I don’t even mind the ending, which was quick but still pretty jarring. I don’t know if there’s a second game in the works, but I hope there is because Infliction: Extended Cut was a horrific experience, whose path I wouldn’t mind crossing again.
My only objection–and it's slight–are the controls, which would seem to work better if I were using a mouse and keyboard rather than a controller. Again, the game isn’t unplayable, but I had issues just getting the cursor to land on small objects like the lighter or even a photo I took and has fallen to the floor.
Crave or any of the other monsters that appear in this game. Not a pretty sight!
Infliction: Extended Cut is available now; the version I played was for the Nintendo Switch, but you can also find it on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC (STEAM). If you’re into horror games or even a fan of horror, then this is one game worth checking out! I recommend it. So, out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving Infliction: Extended Cut a solid 4.