Fear For Sale: Nightmare Cinema
Not Pleased: Very Drab Game; Very Short
I actually purchased the CE version of this game and now wished I hadn't. The game-play was okay; there was quite a bit of buzz about this game when it was first released as a CE due to all of the 'collectibles' and the scattered 'achievements'. To be honest, it didn't add that much to what is a formulaic and rather drab game.
The storyline is really weak. I have played the previous games in the series (which I enjoyed) and this one is just terrible. Perhaps it's time for this series to be laid to rest. The graphics are of rather poor quality and the story is just interesting enough that I plodded along to the finish line; however, I played most of this game on auto-pilot and actually felt relieved when I was finished. Very little challenge; very little excitement. Bland storyline.
For those that purchased the SE; smart move. I do not recommend the CE version. I completed the main storyline in 4 hours and this includes me taking my time, not skipping anything, reading the journal, hunting down all the collectibles and taking breaks here and there. It is not a long game by any means, with the bonus chapter in the CE version only adding 'maybe' an additional 30-45 minutes. As I spent much time looking for the added collectibles; without those to look for I could have easily finished this game in 2.5 hours tops. I'm assuming the SE version does not include the collectibles so yes, a very short game not up to CE standards and short even for a SE offering.
What really made me downgrade this game from 3 stars to 2 stars is the ending of the main story. *This does NOT contain a spoiler*. Those that purchased the SE version are left without much of an ending. The CE bonus game is really an extended ending to the main game; without it, the game doesn't make much sense. In the SE version, it just...ends. No real conclusion to anything. In fact, I was certain I must have skipped a step in the main story because it ended so quickly. It was only when I began the 'Bonus Chapter' that I realized that the CE bonus chapter IS the ending.
Despite the fact that I was able to get a decent ending having played the CE version, I do not appreciate developers leaving SE players without an appropriate ending. Every SE version of what was once a CE should include a decent ending for ALL players to enjoy.
So be forewarned before you play; you most likely will be disappointed in the very abrupt conclusion.
Other than that; the game is sub-par and due to that, the lack of ending, and the shortness of the game, I can only recommend this as a DD or if you have a game coupon about to expire. Otherwise, I recommend a pass. Nothing special here.
August 1, 2013
Nice game, but...
I liked this game. The puzzles were a bit different. Graphics were good. HO scenes were interactive. I like that the map shows where there are things to do so I can get a nudge without an outright hint.
But the game was waaaaay too short. I got through the demo in 45 minutes. The demo ends 1/3 through the game. So that means that in an hour, you're almost half way (44% of the game). A two hour and a bit game isn't worth the money however good it is.
May 3, 2013
not recommended at all
really gutted. boring 'story', way too many HOS. they have tried to make it look creepy but it just looks dark and cluttered
i have forced myself through the first half in the hope that it will improve but i cant do any more. deleted. soooooooo boring
June 16, 2013