Tuesday 28 January 2020

Reviewed: Lone Survivor, Inazuma Eleven 3

Lone Survivor: Director's Cut
Lone Survivor: Director's Cut
Inazuma Eleven 3: Lightning Bolt
Ronan Price

Ronan Price

Lone Survivor: Director's Cut
PS3/PS Vita
****

 

Any fan of great horror movies will tell you what you don't see is scarier than what you do.

Sure, the splatter-fest tactic can be gorily entertaining but nothing terrifies more than when a nameless horror is left to the imagination. Lone Survivor adopts the minimalist approach in its retro-style eight-bit visuals and hidden among the murk is an unsettling tale of desperation and despair. That's a good thing, though!

This Director's Cut brings the well-received PC original to PS3 and Vita with some extras. But, fundamentally, it remains a grim trudge through a world desolated by – sigh, yes – a zombie plague.

It treads some well-worn ground – you're the lone survivor (apparently) plus ammo, food and light is in short supply.

But what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in atmosphere, all droning noises, faceless monsters and oppressive darkness, bags of it. Play it with headphone and lights down low.

Inazuma Eleven 3: Lightning Bolt

Nintendo 3DS

***

FIFA meets Pokemon in another instalment of the barmy Japanese football RPG.

Lightning Bolt serves up a strange brew of hokey storyline, turn-based soccer with special moves and Ultimate Team-style player recruitment.

Anyone older than about 12 will find it simplistic, but younger fans may get it.

Irish Independent

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