Believe it or not Slender: The Arrival was a game that I was really looking forward to. I found the lore behind The Slender Man interesting and spent a lot of time with Slender: The Eight Pages. Whereas The Eight Pages was a quick and short game, The Arrival (even though it is not exactly long) is more of a fully-fledged video game.
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The Game Review
The plot of the game is that you are on the run from Slender Man and you need to find various objects or do something. Each area of the game is different such as an abandoned home or a mine or even the area from The Eight Pages. The game, in all honesty, is a bit light on story, but there is enough here to creep you out and make you wonder.
Slender: The Arrival is played from the first-person point of view. I really liked the gameplay of The Eight Pages, which you could finish in like 20 minutes. With The Arrival, they have tried to pad that game out without really adding in anything new. Each area has you looking for something, be it pages from a book or generators.
Even though the gameplay is not exactly setting the world on fire with excitement, it is still a jumpy and scary experience. The whole time you are being hunted by Slender Man and when you catch his shadow out of the corner of your eye it is truly scary. If he gets you it is all over! So all you can do is run and no matter how familiar you are with an area, running from Slender Man will have you freaking out.
One thing they have added is a new kind of enemy. This is some creepy looking kid that will hunt you down and kill you with one hit! This is very, very scary and tense, but it can also feel very cheap. Sometimes it is like he spawns right behind you and you never even had a chance of getting away. It goes from making you scared to making you mad and frustrated.
The presentation of the game is fine. It has a dark, moody and creepy look to it all and it is the kind of game that is best played in the dark. Also, you need to have the sound up (if you can play with headphones even better!) as the sound design is great. There is not what you would call a typical soundtrack here, but what there is creeps you out.
You have no idea how much I wanted to tell you that Slender: The Arrival is an amazing horror game. It will certainly make you jump, but it will also frustrate you and make you wish it had something more to offer in terms of gameplay. It is not a bad game
- The Slender Man lore is truly fascinating
- The game looks dark and moody
- I really liked how creepy the sound was
- The new enemy is very scary
- Plenty of jump scares
- The game has some very cheap deaths
- Each chapter basically has you doing the same thing over and over