[PlayStation 4] Yomawari: Midnight Shadows Review
Yomawari: Midnight Shadows is ready to scare you on PlayStation 4 and Vita. Come learn more about it in our Yomawari: Midnight Shadows review!
Yomawari: Midnight Shadows is a direct follow up to the PS Vita game Yomawari: Night Alone, a game I absolutely loved and couldn’t put down. The hand painted graphics was really pretty, and I was pleased the follow up was coming to PS4, I could enjoy the game on a big screen with much prettier graphics, and I can tell you the graphics are VERY pretty.
The game is a horror release which is interesting since the main characters, as was the case for the first game in the series, are presented in a very cute art style. There is zero combat in this one since it’s all about running away from danger and staying in the light whenever the dark monstrosities appear. You can also hide in the bushes, and you have to stay inside until the pulsing lights around you, which represent monsters, are gone.
This sequel focuses on two brand new characters: best friends Yui and Haru. One day while watching a fireworks display, one goes missing, which prompts the other one to go out looking for her friend. After finding a still lit flashlight in the ground, things will take a turn for the worse. I won’t spoil the game’s story since it’s really good, keeping me glued to my TV screen waiting to see what the next plot twist would be.
Yamawari: Midnight Shadows will kick things off with a tutorial that will show you how easy the game is to play. There are no complicated controls and no scrolling through menus after menus for no reason. It has a very clean and nice presentation that allows you to enjoy the story and gameplay.
As you play, you will take turns in controlling Yui and Haru, and with every step you take you will end up learning a lot about how the game operates. If you’ve played Yomawari: Night Alone then you’ll be aware of how you died a lot during that adventure, and that means you’ll end up dying a lot in this sequel as well! This is why it’s important that you make good use of the Jizo statues to save your quest so that you can quickly respawn and carry on. A single hit is all it takes to end your life, so be careful! On the plus side, unlike in the previous game, you can now enter buildings and the areas are you visit are less rural, so there is a bigger opportunity for exploring and finding cool items
Along with the light you find during the start of the game you will also find rocks lying around on the ground, paper planes and other disposable items that you can use to distract the spirits so that you can make a quick getaway to safety. I did use rocks more in this sequel since monsters and spirits seemed to be a bit more aggressive!
You need to be on high alert because some spirits will scream and try to distract you, others will seem to appear out of thin air, while others are very resourceful and persistent and will chase you over and over until they kill you! When a spirit is approaching your heartbeat will quicken, so you’ll know that there is something bad about to happen when your heart starts running that fast!
There are some clever and interesting puzzles in the game, which is something I also liked about the previous game. Overall the game is a lot of fun, improving on the formula from Yomawari: Night Alone, and it’s definitely worth a purchase. The great graphics, music and eerie sounds are fantastic, and the game’s story is definitely something you have to experience.
This Yomawari: Midnight Shadows review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by NIS America.