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[PlayStation 5] SENSEs: Midnight Review

[PlayStation 5] SENSEs: Midnight Review
EdEN
  • On June 23, 2023

SENSEs: Midnight from eastasiasoft and SUSAKU Games is a bite-sized 3D survival horror game on PlayStation 5. Learn more in our SENSEs: Midnight review!

 

SENSEs: Midnight from eastasiasoft and SUSAKU Games is a bite-sized 3D survival horror game on PlayStation 5. It’s part of the SENSE universe, as is the case for SENSE – A Cyberpunk Ghost Story, which I got a chance to review on Nintendo Switch. While that game was a 2D experience, this one makes the transition to 3D while drawing inspiration from classics in the genre, including tank controls and fixed camera angles that will send you back to 1996 with a jump in visuals beyond the era of the original PlayStation console.

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You’ll be playing as Uesagi Kuho, a college student who is part of her school’s occult research club. She ends up traveling through the Midnight Door at Ikebukuro Walking Park. She does this on a dare from the other members of the club in an effort to prove that the legend is true by capturing evidence of the paranormal. As expected, upon opening the Midnight Door at 12:00 a.m., things didn’t go as planned.

 

Along with the nod to the classic entries in the Resident Evil series, there’s also an influence from the FATAL FRAME series, for which I recently reviewed FATAL FRAME: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse. There’s a limited inventory space – see above – so you’ll have to manage your items based on your available slots to reduce having to backtrack… which you’ll have to do anyway. You’ll get to learn more about the park’s secrets by way of environmental storytelling. You will also need to take pictures of ghosts, not to deal damage to them so that you can defeat them, but to document your dive into the paranormal.

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Since this is a 3D game, you’ll control Uesagi with the left analog stick or the D-Pad. You can run by pressing the Square button. Due to the tank controls and the old-school influence, you won’t have full control of the camera angles, but you will have a camera like in the FATAL FRAME series. Pressing the L2 button will put you in a first-person view, and you will then be able to look around with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, zooming with the right one. You’ll be able to take pictures with the camera by pressing the R2 button. The X button can be used to interact so that you can collect items. Those items will be added to your inventory, which you can check by pressing the Triangle button.

 

The game features a full trophy list with a Platinum, and since it’s a Cross-Buy title, you can download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost, and each version will have its own separate trophy list. You will need to make one Silver trophy and 11 Gold trophies pop before you can add that Platinum to your collection. Sure, there’s a trophy for completing the game, but there’s a bunch of trophies that are missable. Because of this, you might want to check out this SENSEs: Midnight Trophy Guide.

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SENSEs: Midnight sets out to give us a survival horror experience inspired by classics in the genre, with the classic Resident Evil and its tank controls standing out, with a dash of FATAL FRAME as you take pictures of ghosts to document the paranormal activity. It’s a bite-sized journey you can complete in a couple of hours at most, depending on how much you end up backtracking, but given its influences and the execution, it’s a game that won’t be for everyone. SENSEs: Midnight is out as a Cross-Buy title, so your $14.99 purchase will allow you to download both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions at no extra cost.

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Disclaimer
This SENSEs: Midnight review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by eastasiasoft.

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Bite-sized survival horror inspired by the classics
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