Monday, 15 August 2011

Featured Game #5: One Night 2

Title: One Night 2: The Beyond
Developer: Dark Gaia
Genre: Survival/Horror
Program: RPGMaker VX

This week's featured game is One Night 2: The Beyond, a survival-horror game that was released a couple of years ago. It's the second game in Dark Gaia's One Night Trilogy and, in my opinion, it's easily the best game in the series. Although the other two installments in the series are solid games in their own right, as well as being games that definitely rank up there with some of the better survival-horrors I've seen come out of the RPGMaker scene, they have very specific problems that the second installment manages to avoid... and since the games aren't sequential in terms of storyline, there's no real need for you to play the first game in order for you to enjoy The Beyond.

 
Creepy fonts, superfluous descriptions, dark rooms... Survival-horror in a nutshell.

The main thing that this game gets right that the other games don't is the combat system. Keeping the player on edge is incredibly important for the atmosphere a survival-horror tries to maintain and the combat system is one of the most important aspects in this regard. In the first game of the series, the combat system is broken and flawed, making the game annoying to play. In the third game of the series, combat involves far too many enemies, making for a clunky, frantic experience that ruins any tension the game could've otherwise had. Thankfully, in The Beyond both the system itself and the number of enemies you have to fight are perfectly balanced, ensuring that combat isn't going to spoil the tension by frustrating the hell out of you!

The Beyond's gameplay is even more impressive when it comes to the puzzles and exploration that make up a large part of what's on offer. Although searchable furniture and key items are marked out for you by a slight sparkle that hangs over them, making this side of the exploration a little less entertaining, the game still manages to maintain a brain-teasingly high number of puzzles to slow your progress down with. The game does sometimes rely on puzzles involving outside knowledge, which may be a "your mileage may vary" situation for a lot of players, but I don't personally find any of the puzzles in this game frustrating. Just be warned, you may have to answer some maths questions...

Oh, it's just a bathroom. I guess I'll see if there is anyth- THERE'S A BODY IN THE CORNER!

Graphically, this game is fairly pretty, although I woudn't go too far with the compliments. A lot of the images used are standard for this kind of game, they just happen to be used really well. The lighting is probably the best aspect of the graphics on offer and this is important as a survival-horror game that only has two-dimensions to work with needs to really push the boundries to keep things seeming creepy; effective lighting is one of the best ways a developer can do this. 

Finally, I'm always grateful that this game doesn't resort to flashing-images or "screamers" to try and scare you as these were, in my opinion, the one thing that ruined the first game of the One Night series. Cheap tricks like those will usually annoy the player more than they'll scare them. Even if they do scare the player, they'll ultimately ruin any tension that was present up until that point and this is never a good thing to have happen in a survival horror. I'm glad Dark Gaia listened to criticism of the first game in the series and didn't opt to implement this kind of trick in The Beyond, it makes for a much better experience!
   

46 comments:

  1. How long is it? It kinda made me wanna play it, but if its too long, i wont.

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  2. Seems interesting. I have to play it. :D

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  3. Looks like a game I played when I was younger

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  4. Personally don't like to be scared.

    Any games with positivity as their main focus?

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  5. If you recommend it, I'll try it!

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  6. haven't played a horror game like this before, seems excellent

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  7. Looks interesting. A little different from other survival horror games.

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  8. Gonna skip this one guys, RPG aint for me sorry.

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  9. Looks good.. might give it a try.
    I don't like jump scares either, they're really cheap.

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  10. looks interesting
    good post
    +follow

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  11. that second picture reminded me of a pokemon game :p
    +follow

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  12. Yeah, I'll try this just on your reccomendation.

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  13. I had kind of lost your blog while switching usernames, but glad to have found it again.

    Sounds like a good game, I might have to give it a whirl.

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  14. Even for a rpg game that must be one scary game lol

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  16. i love rpgs. i will check it out

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  17. Thanks for the information! Was really helpful! Keep up the great blog work!

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  18. Looks really interesting :D

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  19. Interesting, I'll have to check it out, I love RPGMaker games.

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  20. The scaredness is starting to wear off.

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  21. This game looks pretty cool. I'll play it.

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  22. hmmm look's interesting must try it!

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  23. maybe ill try it out

    following and supporting

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  24. Might have to check this out for myself.

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  25. nice post.
    very interresting.
    i will put your blog, into my reading list

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  26. Come back bro.. I need my indie RPG maker games fix. :(

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  27. Nice review - I'll give it a try

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  28. One Night 2 sounds like a silly name. Like that movie 'American Kickboxer 1', or 'Teen Wolf Too'.

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  29. This game looks like a lot of fun. I will have to try it out! Thanks for the review!

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