Review: The Town of Light (PlayStation 4)

Based on extensive research and inspired by real events, The Town of Light is a first-person psychological story adventure game set in the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum, based in Tuscany, Italy.

Pros:

  • Really nice graphics, Very picturesque backdrops.
  • 13.70GB Download size.
  • Can invert sticks.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Based off true events.
  • Chapter select option. Unlocks as you progress.
  • Very atmospheric experience.
  • Handles mental illness and does a really good job of portraying it.
  • Puzzle mechanics are scattered through the world.
  • You get and can get clues on what you need to do.
  • Free to roam around and take it at your own pace.
  • Simple controls.
  • Find collectibles and items that can explain and expand on the goings on and maybe even about your story.
  • Chilling soundtrack.
  • Cut scenes a plenty but presented as hand drawn sketching that really hit the mark.
  • Really powerful story that is as gripping as it is dark and haunting.

Cons:

  • Loading times.
  • Slow paced.
  • Very claustrophobic feeling thanks to the cramped rooms and hallways.
  • The game can be a bit slow telling you what you can and cannot do.
  • Little replay value.
  • Short game.

 

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.4/10

Summary

The town of light is a powerful game. It takes on the mental illness mantle and does a really good job of not only portraying how it destroys lives but also how it can make normal tasks hard. I was really impressed with the atmosphere it adopted going for a cold lonely feeling as you explore the wonderful grounds. The puzzles are simple with a few cases of collect and use mechanics. Its hard to not spoil anything as you really need to play it through yourself as it will affect everyone differently. All I can say without doubt is it is a powerful game and even though the actual game parts are mediocre, The story and tone really keep it going.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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