[PS4] Dying: Reborn Review
Dying: Reborn is a game currently available for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR. Each version is treated as a separate release, so you can either pick your platform or get a bundle with all three versions at a discounted price. This is a first person perspective horror game with some puzzles thrown in for good measure. Want to learn more? Then read our Dying: Reborn review!
You play as Matthew who wakes up trapped in some kind of forsaken hotel that looks very old and badly neglected. He has an almighty headache, and can’t find any obvious exit route. The doors are locked. The windows are covered in twisted bars. The only company he has there is an alarm clock, a desk, and a broken TV. It soon becomes apparent that Matthew is the victim of some twisted mind game from the hotel manager. Once you manage to exit the room, you’ll be tasked with solving more puzzles around the hotel so that you can eventually find your sister Shirley and get out before it is too late!
The puzzles in Dying: Reborn are fun and quite challenging. Some end up being just a tad bit frustrating – looking at you piano melody puzzle. You’ll slowly make your way through each area, investigating to find out what you can and can’t do, searching for clues that will open the way. In true horror fashion, the rooms in the hotel look pretty disgusting, with walls full of dirt and grime, and plenty of unexplained blood stains. Oh, and they’re absolutely infested with cockroaches and other creepy crawlies.
Clicking and searching on items is very important. Don’t look at something in a scene and think “that’s not worth a look,” because you really don’t know for sure, and that is the beauty of the challenge. You are encouraged to click on everything and anything to find items that could help you solve a puzzle. That is where combining item comes into play. You could find an item that has a missing piece. When you find the piece you click on the triangle button to combine it and then select it on a puzzle you want to solve.
The one thing that annoyed me about the inventory is that when you click on an item and try and use it, if it doesn’t work then it automatically goes back in your inventory, so you are forced to go back into your inventory to try it on something else.
You can’t really die in the game, so there is no sense of urgency. On top of this, the narrator and voice acting is a bit tepid to be honest. This clashes with an otherwise entertaining experience, so do take this into consideration.
The focus in DYING: Reborn is on its puzzles, and their difficulty is right up there with classics such as MYST. The visuals get the job done and the game even features a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy! So if you’re looking for a puzzle/adventure game on PS4, you might want to check this one out!
[review pros=”Fun Story.
Easy Platinum trophy.” cons=”Poor voice acting.
Not really a horror game.” score=70]
This DYING: Reborn review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Oasis Games.