I am a huge fan of horror games and when I saw that Pacify was, in fact, a horror game and also being sold for under five bucks, I knew I have to give it a try. This is not a “budget” title, while the price may be, the actual game is quite well made and is sure to scare you to death.
I love the story that is behind Pacify. You are working for a paranormal investigation agency and you have been sent to this old house to “pacify” the spirit that is inside. The spirit in question is an evil little girl and she is not too happy with you in her house. The back story of the house is very interesting and I encourage you to look more into it.
Pacify is played in the first person and the whole game is set in this rather large old funeral home. There are two main things that you need to do before this evil child spirt can be put down for good. You need to find keys to open all the doors and then you need to deal with the creepy dolls!
The dolls are running around the house causing trouble and you need to find these and put them in the furnace. These things are super creepy and the more of them that you destroy the more powerful the spirit of the girl becomes.
Scary is a huge understatement when describing Pacify. The house is very creepy, but the way you can be walking down a corridor and then have her flying at you, getting right in your face is terrifying. Even the sounds of the little dolls running around and opening doors will make the hair on your arms stand up.
Pacify is a rather short game, but you can play it in a few different ways. To start with there is the single player mode which is quite challenging as you have to do everything by yourself. Multiplayer is the most fun as you and three other people can team up and work together to get rid of this evil ghost.
There is also a second multiplayer mode where you are all still trying to get rid of the evil ghost, but you are working against each other. This is quite fun as the idea is that there is an open position at the paranormal investigation agency and only one of you can get the job. Who does the most work to get rid of the ghost will get the job. You can screw with each other and make it hard for the other players, which is quite fun.
If you like horror, you are going to have a great time with Pacify. It is amazing to me that the game is being sold for as cheap as it is. It is not the longest game, but playing with friends does give the game a lot of replay value. Just be warned that this is a game that is both creepy and full of jump scares so you will get scared as you play it!
- The story of the game is very interesting
- Some awesome jump scares
- Some puzzle solving to do
- The asking price is dirt cheap
- Playing with friends is a ton of fun
- Not quite as good in single player
- The backstory is so good that it leaves you wanting more