'Agony' takes your character to the depths of hell
By Reuben Gonzales - Video Game Warriors
Agony, published by PlayWay. Dark fantasy survival horror, single-player, first-person view. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, $60 Standard Edition.
You are alone in the dark depths of hell, in pain, and the smell of burning flesh fills the air.
You fall through light at first, you feel all memory fade, you begin to feel a slow burning feeling across your body as your flesh burns.
Your body turns to ashes revealing bones. All around you are all different manner of demons. You continue to fall until you stop, and can feel the power of the Red Goddess.
"She is the key to the gate of unending agony," you mutter to yourself as you regain consciousness.
Fortunately, this is just a game.
PlayWay's new game Agony drops the player right in the middle of hell, leaving them to try to survive and escape to the land of the living.
The player controls a character condemned to hell, who has the ability to possess other condemned souls. The player can use the condemned souls to find hidden items or paths, as well as scout ahead and stay away from powerful demons.
They can also control demons. With more practice, the player will be able to control higher power demons. The demons will give access to special abilities that will help the player solve puzzles or take on other powerful demons.
One of the simple-minded demons that can be possessed is called the Onoskellis. She is very powerful and has many abilities that can make quick work of many of the player's enemies. In order to control her, the player will need to satisfy her urges for killing, which means eating things probably not found on the typical person's diet.
The player will also need to use stealth skills to hide from demons, such as crouch and holding their breath.
There will also be hidden statues that can be found along with paintings. They count as collectibles and give in-game achievements.
As the player explores the dark hellscape environment, they will find secret patterns that they can draw with their blood. This will allow them to find new paths and powers. Along the way the player will understand that there is only one way to escape from hell, through the Red Goddess.
Developers Madmind studio started a Kickstarter to fund the game on November 2016. By December they had surpassed their goal. After they got their funding they set out to work and put their heart and soul into it.
"What the player will see is a visually stunning and a uniquely terrifying game design," according to game developer Madmind studio.
"The game tells a horrifying story of damnation and eroticism inspired by Dante Alighieri's Inferno," according to PlayWay.
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