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[PlayStation 5] Anglerfish Review

[PlayStation 5] Anglerfish Review
EdEN
  • On April 15, 2024

Anglerfish from Feardemic and Professional Villains is a quirky horror game in which the only way to progress is to die. Learn more in our Anglerfish review!

 

Anglerfish from Feardemic and Professional Villains is a quirky horror game in which the only way to progress is to die. But wait, there’s an additional twist: every time you die, you’ll have to start over, but things will change depending on how and where it is that you died. It’s thanks to this that you’ll be able to progress further and further so that you can uncover the secrets hidden at the core of the Anglerfish experience. The Anglerfish is a secluded bar in the Mols mountains, and you’ll be visiting it over and over again.

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The first choice in the game will be to pick between three different donuts shown on the screen. One is covered in pink frosting. The other one seems to be covered in chocolate. As for the third one, it’s sprinkled with small candy spheres. You’re told that the choice you make will have an effect, making something appear three times in Anglerfish. What? Who knows! After that, you’ll be told that the game only saves when you die. The next step will be to select a game from the Games on Demand service on your screen. The options are Dwarves in Space, Hitguy Hits Back, The ER Patient Typhon, What the Bowling?, and Quit.

 

If you choose Dwarves in Space, you’re told the game is waiting for other players to join, which might take a year. Hitguy Hits Back has a Day 1 patch that kindly asks you to come back when you turn 100. The ER Patient Typhon is, unfortunately, no longer part of the Games on Demand service, so if you want to play it, you’re going to have to buy it! As for What the Bowling? it will require you to buy 10 berries for free play. 9 berries cost a measly $100, so you’d only have to buy two packs to be able to play for free. Because of this, you’re forced to choose Quit. Oh, and did I mention that out of the aforementioned games, The ER Patient Typhon is an actual game from Professional Villains?

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You’ll move around by using the left analog stick or the D-Pad. You’ll be able to tell you can interact with something by pressing the X button since your character’s ears will perk up. What follows is a weird cutscene with your character inside a car packed with other individuals in ill-fitting schoolgirl uniforms. And they’re all wearing masks. One of your friends – whom the game calls the Groom – is ready to party at the Anglerfish bar. Unfortunately, when the clock strikes midnight, all patrons not in your group turn into monsters… and one of them will most certainly rip your head off. Your task now, should you accept it, will be to find a way to escape from the Anglerfish bar and get back home in one piece. Or, you know, die trying.

 

During your first visit to the Anglerfish bar, you might notice a door that is covered in vines. During your second trip in this whole time loop horror journey, you’ll find a pair of shears outside of the bar. Grabbing them will allow you to cut down the vines and enter the mysterious door. Your reward? A powerful shotgun! Use it to shoot at the enemies and avoid being killed so that you can enter the newly opened trapdoor. If you’re still bested, getting the shotgun during the next loop will allow you to speed up time and move to the whole “shoot at the monsters before they rip your head off” part. Complete that, and the next loop will have fewer enemies in the main bar so that you can focus on moving underground to the area.

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Progress a bit further, and you’ll unlock a safe room in the bar. Thanks to this, you’ll be able to collect the shotgun for each subsequent run, as well as talk to a nice bartender who will understand what you’re going through, offering some kind words as well as a set of mysterious drinks. You won’t be able to know what each drink does until you drink it, eventually die, and come back to the bar and talk to the bartender. Do know that one of the drinks is pretty much poison, so if you drink it, you’ll die right away. But, considering you’ll die so much before you can complete your first run, what’s one more death during a healthy trial-and-error session?

 

Anglerfish is a quirky horror game in which the only way to progress is to die. After visiting the titular bar to celebrate your friend’s bachelor party, you realize you’re trapped in what seems to be a neverending loop with monsters and traps to overcome. The good news is that there’s a way to eventually break the loop and escape. The bad news is that it involves dying dozens of times since each death will help to bring you one step closer to the next checkpoint… and unveil the truth. Anglerfish is out on PlayStation 5 with a $9.99 price tag. There’s also a PlayStation 4 version of the game available for the same price as a separate purchase.

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Disclaimer
This Anglerfish review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Feardemic.

Review Overview

Quirky and bizarre horror game in which death is the only way to survive
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