Little Hope hits the terror primer: from magnificence to weak end

After the great success of Until Dawn, the developer Supermassive Games decided to launch a super interesting project: The Dark Pictures Anthology, a series of horror games in the cinematographic style with independent plots.

The first, Man of Medan, arrived in August 2019, paving the way for the franchise very well with a horror story involving teenagers and filled with scares that make even the “heart beat”.

And now, Little Hope, the second title in the franchise, was released on the eve of Halloween, the ideal date for a game that aims to lead players through a macabre and witch-hunting journey in the United States. But is he as good and scary as his predecessor?

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Good if you want to find out, then close the windows, turn off the lights, hide under the covers and come check out our analysis!

The Witch is loose!

A mysterious child, a supernatural climate and a ghost town. If you’re a horror fan, you probably thought I’m talking about silent Hillbut in fact, this is the beginning of the misfortunes in Little Hope.

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The unfortunate protagonists this time are four college students and their teacher: Andrew, Tanya, Angela, Daniel and John, who end up trapped in a macabre survival adventure after their bus driver tries to dodge a little girl on the road and ends up overturning the vehicle .

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From then on, the spiral of bad luck only gets worse for the characters, who are unable to return to civilization due to a strange fog that surrounds them, making the only available path to enter more and more in the long-abandoned place, learning more and more about the violent past and full of religious hysteria that led the ancient inhabitants to brutally kill several of their neighbors on charges of witchcraft and demonic pact.

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The plot brings real tension and a lot of discomfort, with flashback moments, doppelgangers, bizarre creatures and the right amount of desperation to make any horror fan sweat cold when making their choices, as they can have fatal consequences.

Be true to yourself

Once again we have the super important presence of the Curator, who introduces us to the beginning of the game’s history and appears between the chapters to give us important tips. Paying attention to what he says can be essential to keeping your group alive, as well as the options for dialogue and actions you choose.

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Even small situations that seem insignificant can have real weight at some point, so you have to be very careful and consider several things. Following more aggressive or more diplomatic behavior? How much can a fight with a stranger make up for? Is carrying a gun a good idea? And even, should I consider violence against a child, even if it is only within a game?

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The luck is that scattered throughout the ghost town are postcards containing Premonitions, which guarantee small glimpses of a future that may or may not happen depending on your decisions.

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However, they can both help and hinder, causing that worry that a horrible moment may always be near. Some of the ones I found really only served to make me apprehensive, because the destination created by my options was quite different from the small warning flashes.

In addition, we also have the Quick Time Events (QTE for the intimate), moments in which we have to press a sequence of buttons correctly, are another essential factor for the destiny of the students and the teacher, so it is necessary to pay close attention and “be quick on the trigger”.

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But there is no need to worry so much that you lose focus on what matters most here: history. Every time you have to choose a dialogue option or prepare to take an action, you will have a warning before, either through the vibration of the control or an icon on the screen to give that little help to prepare the heart.

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However, even with the warnings the tension does not decrease, it even increases. Some QTEs can cause such an anxiety level that you may end up playing standing up without realizing it, and I say this from experience!

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But it is worth mentioning that the fun thing is to follow one of the Curator’s enigmatic phrases and be faithful to yourself, as it is a relatively short campaign, there is the possibility to play several times, choose different personalities and see all the endings that this can bring.

I confess that in my first game I chose to be as peaceful and gentle as possible, but the “good” ending was somewhat anticlimactic after all the little heart attacks I had exploring the mystery behind Little Hope.

Lone wolf or unity is strength!

Speaking of playing, a very interesting feature of Man of Medan, is back in its successor, with three modes that allow you to enjoy the adventure alone (Solo), in a local co-op for up to five people (Cinema Session) or online for two players (Shared History).

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The soil is really cool to keep that terrifying climate totally immersive, but getting your friends or family together and watching everyone scared together is also extremely fun.

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If this option is not possible for you during this pandemic and you are not in the mood to be scared alone, then it is worth taking advantage of the online co-op mode (but no fighting if you don’t like the other player’s choices, ok?).

Learning from its predecessor

Something that deserves to be pointed out is that the developer noticed some problems in the first chapter of Dark Pictures Anthology that could impact the experience, and following the saying “practice makes perfect” did their utmost to correct this in their new endeavor.

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The transition between the dialogue choices is smoother, the vibration of the control helps a lot not to be taken by surprise and the warnings of the QTEs also help not end up losing a character because his reflex was not fast enough at the time of the scare.

The number of cameras has increased, the animations and movement controls have undergone improvements, and context icons now explain what you can do with an item, which helps to avoid getting stuck in the middle of the game.

We all have our demons

However, every game has its unfavorable points, and Little Hope did not stay out of this. Transitions between fixed cameras can still cause some confusion, especially when switching from one environment to another, which often made me go in the wrong direction, going back instead of advancing to the next area.

In addition, even though they were inspired by real actors, some characters were very strange, as is the case of the little girl Megan, who even though she was inspired by the child actress Skye Burkett, her features were a bit too simian.

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And speaking of our protagonists, some parts end up breaking the pace of gambling, with very carefree conversations a few seconds after escaping intense pursuits, a certain lack of emotion when losing a member of the group, or even a moment of combat in which a character who he should have been running away just stood at the bottom of the stage.

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However, the biggest problem of the game lies in the experience that he tries so hard to pass: his story. There is a very interesting twist at the end of our adventure, but the problem is the number of holes that end up arising because of it.

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Many tips end up untied and certain information revealed during gambling can end up becoming extremely confusing, generating more questions than answers.

An amazing journey of overcoming

Even with your little problems, Little Hope it gave me a very frightening and fun night. The moments when the groups separate help to maintain more dynamic transitions between scenarios, and at no time did I feel tired or confused during the exploration.

The whole city was a big macabre stage, bringing important details to contextualize the bloody and terrifying past of the witch-hunt era. The hours went by without my realizing it, and I came to the end of the journey already missing all the nervousness I had felt.

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And as a good horror fan, I always try to guess the ending of movies and games, but I was surprised by the plot twist that I really didn’t expect. It was certainly a great experience to enjoy all the paranormal atmosphere that arises during the Halloween season and it is still very cool for those who simply want to enjoy that fear, either alone or accompanied.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope was kindly provided by Bandai Namco to carry out this analysis.

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“Little Hope is an exciting journey of overcoming, but marked by all the horror and despair of the unjust accused during the witch hunt”

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