[PlayStation 4] Dissection Review
Horror game Dissection from RandomSpin Games has you trapped in a house with a monster that roams the halls. Learn more in our Dissection review!
In Dissection from RandomSpin Games, you find yourself waking up in an old abandoned house, with no recollection of how you got there. The one thing you do know is that there’s something creepy roaming the house and that if it manages to find you… well, you know what will happen. The living corpse will be walking from room to room, and if you don’t run and hide in a closet before he spots you, then you’re done for.
The game involves a lot of trial and error, because, since there are no save points when the monster catches you, that’s a game over. This will force you to start all over again, so with every mistake, you make you will learn more about the monster’s movement pattern, as well as learn which keys go where so that you can then apply that knowledge to a new run. You’re going to be making a bit of progress with each new run you do, solving a small puzzle before you’re caught.
You’ll interact with items with the X button and can throw them with the Circle button. This is important because you can only carry one item with you at a time, and you’re going to be grabbing and using many keys during your run so that you can open doors and chests as needed, in order to escape from the house. Speaking of escape, sometimes you’ll have to run by pressing the L1 button, but you do need to be careful because if you make too much noise, you’ll attract the attention of the monster.
Most of your time will be spent fiding the many keys you’ll be using to open door after door in your search for the one key that can open the main door for the house. Since you can only carry one item at a time, the gameplay loop involves finding a key, searching which door it opens, and then searching inside of the room to see if you can find another key, or if you’re going to need to find an item that can help you find the next key you need. This could, for example, be a screwdriver that can help you open a wooden box.
As for the trophies, Dissection has a full trophy list that will require that you play the game from start to finish at least twice. Trophies will pop at a steady pace as you collect new keys by interacting with the many paintings that hang from the walls of the house in Dissection, and others will unlock when opening specific doors with the keys. You need to do two runs because for your first one you have to escape the house after finding your wedding ring, and for the second full run, you’ll have to leave after grabbing your wife’s wedding ring.
Dissection is a short horror game with a basic premise and simple gameplay mechanics, as well as a cycle with a lot of trial and error. It’s not going to be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a short game to play between other entries, then this could be a good budget option. Dissection is out on PlayStation 4 for a low $4.99.
This Dissection review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by RandomSpin Games.