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Rebirth is a great experience overall, although different from The Dark Descent. The chief differences are that the gameplay is even more linear than it was in the first game, and the story is presented different such as using a voiced protagonist and cutscenes. The game may be more or less scary than the first depending on who you ask.
The story is awesome and weird with twists you won't really expect. It ties in and expands on the original game's plot in a few ways. The voice work is as perfect as it was in the first game, especially the protagonist. It's fun (or scary) to explore the many different environments from a bright desert & creepy fort, to terrifying catacombs and alien landscapes. The mechanic where you have to use matches that burn out quickly is fun and scary. There are some sequences that are far more thrilling than anything the first game had. The puzzles are straightforward as always. The graphics are gorgeous and will keep you immersed, either giving you eye candy or creeping you out. I only encountered one major bug where a door got stuck.
The more game-y parts are unfortunately lacking. There is no health meter because instead of "dying" you get a cutscene where you run away in a fugue state, making failure "canon" to the story. A neat idea, but it makes the game less scary. There is no sanity meter, standing in the darkness simply has an immediate effect and if you stay too long you start getting a jumpscare hallucination which is just annoying. The lantern burns out so fast that it's a chore to keep it fueled. As for the plot, it gets a little heavy-handed in a few moments. Those are the only gripes I have with this game.
Rebirth is an excellent game through and through, but if you're specifically looking for more of The Dark Descent you are going to be disappointed. All of the people that played the game for less than two hours and left a negative review are certified morons and should be ignored.
This is one of the best story driven games ever made.
I kept putting off buying this, but an awesome person gifted it to me, so I finally got around to playing it.
So yeah, after finishing it I had to leave a positive review. It would be a crime not to. The way your choices affect everything is done extremely well, there's a good plot, and great characters.
A game has never gotten me emotionally involved like this. The characters and choice system combine to make everything feel realistic and personal. I legitimately teared up at some parts. No shame, that's amazing. A fictional story has never done that to me before.
If you're remotely a fan of narrative driven games, you HAVE to play this. I know I regret not playing it sooner.
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