shrouded-in-sanity
Metacritic: N/A
Release: May 2016
Reviewed on: PC

Shrouded in Sanity

Site Score
7.5
Good: Atmosphere and setting
Bad: Controls are awkward and somewhat sluggish
User Score
8.4
(7 votes)
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Gritty horror and blood is the focus of Shrouded in Sanity, a game inspired by titles like Dark Souls, Resident Evil and also Bloodborne. This ensures countless deaths lie before you as you try to master combat and uncover the secrets of the game world.

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Taking players back to 1897 and an alternative timeline players sign a contract to find out the mysterious reasons for the unnatural fog that has previously risen and overrun the manor grounds of the Berelai Manor. In addition to creating an eerie ambience the fog has turned the servants to madness, attacking the player on sight with all types of weapons.

Using a formula very much reminiscent of Dark Souls players cannot simply run straight into battle and instead must carefully consider if and how they wish to face the enemy. If the decision is made to engage you’ll be able to use your trust hand canon to weaken enemies from a distance or engage in close combat with your laito cane which is best used to block attacks and then counter with a thrust of your own.

Upgrades to these and other character elements are paid for in the blood of your fallen enemies which can help you push yourself towards a particular focus area and cover your weaknesses or enhance your strengths.

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Collecting sufficient blood requires plenty of exploration which feels like a treat thanks to the art style and design of the manor itself which perfectly fits the Victorian design that was intended.

While short Shrouded in Sanity offers a fair amount of content for its price level and adds to the niche of the games its based on. With many deaths ahead of you though it’s best reserved for fans of the genre that are willing to do the grinding necessary to master the combat mechanics.

Summary:

  • A horror title inspired by the likes of Dark Souls and Bloodborne.
  • Master the hand canon and cane to subdue the haunted servants.
  • Uncover the mystery of the fog around the manor.
  • Upgrade your character and weapons with the blood of your enemies.
  • Great art style and music design creates a historical horror atmosphere.

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Shrouded in Sanity, 8.4 out of 10 based on 7 ratings
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