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Perception: a horror game where you play as a blind woman

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The indie game space has helped horror games move beyond the likes of Silent Hill and Resident Evil, giving us pants-wettingly terrifying experiences in the way of Amnesia, Outlast, and the myriad other horror games, each with their own interesting hook. There’s another, and this time, the hook is that you’re playing as a blind person. Yes, it does have graphics, and isn’t just a sound-driven experience. It’s being made by some former members of Bioshock developer Irrational Games, and yes, it wants your Kickstarter money. Before you roll your eyes, take a look.

“Perception,” says the game’s Kickstarter page, “is a first-person narrative horror adventure that tells the story of Cassie, a blind heroine who uses her extraordinary hearing and razor-sharp wits to unravel the mysteries of an abandoned estate that haunts her dreams.”

She does a bit of a Daredevil, tapping her cane against things to “see” them through sound. Unfortunately, sound also draws the nasty ghouls and spectres – and the evil Presence – that haunt the estate. As with the excellent Alien Isolation, once you’re spotted your only real recourse is to hide.

  • “See” using echolocation.  Every sound creates a visual.
  • Engage in a deadly game of hide and seek with relentless enemies, including The Presence.
  • Trigger radical change at the Estate at Echo Bluff each time you solve its mysteries.
  • Travel back through history to exorcise your own nightmares.

It’s being headed up by Bill Gardener, who did design on Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite. Bill was particularly responsible for the slower-paced, creepier bits of BioShock, so he’s certainly got the requisite horror chops.

“In a lot of ways, it’s sort of a continuation of the work I did at Irrational,” Gardner told IGN. “It’s part of the pieces I picked up. But it’s also our own spin on things. I think feeling outgunned is important for horror, and as a blind character, Cassie brings a different set of tools to the equation.”

Blind survival horror adventuring using echolocation? Sounds good. I like what I’m seeing.  Here’s its Kickstarter page.

“Have you come to play?”

Oh hell no.

Last Updated: May 27, 2015

30 Comments

  1. Ottokie

    May 27, 2015 at 12:36

    Games of this genre I really cant play, played Fear once… not happening again… I’m a coward 😛

    Reply

    • WitWolfy

      May 27, 2015 at 12:52

      Meh… It doesn’t hold a candle to P.T though…

      Reply

    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 27, 2015 at 13:37

      I’m the same. Though I did enjoy FEAR quite a lot and replayed it. And shat myself both times.
      Outlast though. No thanks.

      Reply

  2. kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

    May 27, 2015 at 12:36

    Completely sold on this.

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    • Ottokie

      May 27, 2015 at 12:37

      The main approach its taking towards the “blind” aspect is actually bloody brilliant. Expect 100% more “jump scares”

      Reply

  3. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 27, 2015 at 12:38

    SO kinda like how Daredevil saw in that terrible movie?

    In any case, this seems awesome

    Reply

  4. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 27, 2015 at 12:40

    Where is that gif of the badger doing the nooooope and falling off the cliff?

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  5. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 27, 2015 at 12:40

    A blind person AND a woman? Double horror! They go too far!

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    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 27, 2015 at 13:37

      Imagine if she wore a pink suit.

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 27, 2015 at 13:39

        She’d be perfect for Rince?

        Reply

        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 27, 2015 at 13:40

          Isn’t that pink hair? Or is it just the colour in general? ;P

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          • Lord Chaos

            May 27, 2015 at 13:55

            I thought he was referring to her being blind. 😛

            *Runs

          • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

            May 27, 2015 at 14:00

            😀

  6. Ranting Raptor

    May 27, 2015 at 12:41

    aaaaaaaw yesssssss

    Reply

  7. HairyEwok

    May 27, 2015 at 12:42

    Wasn’t there another game where you played with sound to see your environment. I remember it was less horrific.

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  8. Hammersteyn

    May 27, 2015 at 12:44

    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 27, 2015 at 12:46

      LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

      Reply

    • kuuu(UMAR)rrrr

      May 27, 2015 at 12:49

      Then there was still another spider hanging out of sight as well. NOPE all day.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 27, 2015 at 12:50

        I remember those semi cloaked waist high spiders in System Shock 2….

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          May 27, 2015 at 12:51

          F**k those things.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 27, 2015 at 12:55

            Did you know there is a patch for people with arachnaphobia to remove those pesky nope-buggers?

  9. PointMan

    May 27, 2015 at 12:50

  10. WitWolfy

    May 27, 2015 at 12:51

    Not bad, not bad at all… I hope it comes to PS4 when it releases.

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  11. Lord Chaos

    May 27, 2015 at 13:07

    And… backed. Let’s see if it turns out scary enough.

    Reply

  12. Johann

    May 27, 2015 at 13:11

    Horror games where you can fight back is ok, I can handle that… But this shit, oh hells no

    Reply

  13. Aries

    May 27, 2015 at 13:11

    Sooner or later we wont know the difference between indies and AAA games, indies seem to be moving very fast and it bringing alot of quality

    Reply

  14. Aries

    May 27, 2015 at 13:12

    Cant play these games, so it a pass

    Reply

  15. Klipkop1980

    May 27, 2015 at 13:22

    Just a pitch black screen…my PC should be able to run that on max! SWEET!

    Reply

  16. Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

    May 27, 2015 at 14:00

    Dam that sounds like an amazing premise.

    Would I play it?
    No, no I don’t think I would.

    Reply

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