The Scariest Game Ever?

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Ikai PS5 Gameplay Preview

There has been no shortage of first-person horror games in recent years, with games like Visage and Blair Witch coming to mind as a few of those terrifying experiences. While each of those first-person horror games had its own story and mechanics, most of them happened in a recognizable time period, something all of us are familiar with as the modern-day. A brand new first-person horror experience, Ikai, aims to stand out with its unique setting. The game, set in Feudal Era Japan, tells the story of a shrine priestess as she struggles to survive the night against the monsters and yokai that haunt her. Here are some of the features of Ikai that will keep you up at night.

A True Horror Experience

In Ikai, the main character is completely defenseless. As a priestess of a Shinto shrine, she is a pacifist by nature, and the added terror of facing a being or spirit not of this plane of existence won’t change that fact. So, as in previous first-person horror games, your only real option is to remain stealthy, hide when you can, and run when you’ve been caught. With no self-defense alternatives, you won’t be hunting down spirits like zombies in resident evil, or even capturing them like you would in Luigi’s Mansion. Your survival will be based entirely on how well you’re able to avoid the horrors that have invaded this sacred space.

Terror Around Every Corner

To progress through Ikai, you will need to explore the vast grounds of the Shinto shrine you have been tasked with protecting. The many buildings, and the grounds surrounding them, hide secrets and clues that will help you uncover what is going on, and hopefully stop it. However, exploring this space won’t be easy. The many monsters, ghosts, and yokai of Japanese folklore wander about, putting you in constant danger. Even a hallway that seems fairly innocuous could become filled with massive, grabbing hands attached to unearthly, elongated arms. It’s not ideal, but successful navigation of places like this will be crucial to seeing the end of this story. If you’re brave enough, that is.

Artistic Entrapment

In addition to Ikai’s many puzzles, which will test your brain’s ability to solve complex issues under the duress of being chased by nightmares, you will also need a steady hand and sound mind to draw protective seals. These seals will contain spirits and other anomalies, but you will need to carefully draw them as your ears are filled with horrifying noises, and distracting events happen all around you, out of your sight. For instance, the trailer shows a seal being drawn as spiders crawl over the canvas and toward the main character. I don’t know if I would be able to keep my cool in that situation, but that’s what it’s going to take to get through Ikai.

Conclusion

With its unique setting and gameplay mechanics, Ikai is shaping up to be another sleepless night-inducing experience for fans of the horror genre. If you think you’re brave enough to cleanse this shrine, you’ll be able to pick up Ikai on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, and PC via Steam on March 29th, 2022.

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