Review: Slender: The Arrival (Computer)
- Release Date (NA): March 26, 2013
- Publisher: Blue Isle Studios
- Genres: Survival, Horror
Single playerLocal MultiplayerOnline MultiplayerCo-operative
After the massive success of Slender: The Eight Pages, the team at Blue Isle Studios brought back the fun from 2012 with this new sequel of the game that made even the eldest wet themselves.
Slender: The Arrival is the sequel to the worldwide phenomenon that is Slender: The Eight Pages. It features better graphics, a better storyline and a lot more spooky moments.
Let's start with the story. The protagonist of the game is Lauren (though, in Chapter 6, the game can be played as Kate). After her friend goes missing, she travels to her house to go look for her. After being unable to find Kate in her house, she follows clues to a radio tower that is depicted in many pictures scattered around the house. Here, she follows even more clues to the girls disappearance, with the Slender Man aggressively chasing her and getting more agitated after each page is collected. Unfortunately, here I went to Wikipedia for help, having never collected more than 7 pages.
Outside Kate's house & Level Map
The rest of the game is dedicated to Lauren collecting more clues and trying to escape from the Slender Man. Chapter 4 reveals what happened to Kate in a flashback, showing that she escapes to a nearby park after confronting the Slender Man. This brings you to the end of the game and I'll leave that up to you to find out.
Clues & more clues
The main objective of the game is to discover what happened to Kate and CR (Kate's friend). This is mostly done by finding pages and notes scattered around the level. These are collectibles, and must be obtained before you can continue to the next level. In addition to this, small pictures are scrawled around houses and there are things like TVs and dead bodies that help explain the story even more. There are also handy text clues to help make decisions on what to do throughout the game.
Picture of CR.
Graphics & Gameplay
The graphics are an improvement on the prequel, but not at all something you'd expect in a DICE game. I frequently experienced spots of lag (even after playing it on a computer with a 3790k and a 780), especially when the Slender Man was chasing you and even when one was simply walking. That being said, the game is easily playable. There is quite good music through most of the game, as well as frequent sound affects from the Slender Man, adding to the suspense and the horror of the game.
Enranged Slender Man.
If you like any sort of horror and enjoy video games, this one is for you. It has great gameplay and is thoroughly enjoyable, and has a great range of 'jumpy' moments for those fans. The storyline is impeccable, and keeps you wondering what is going to happen next the entire game. A recommendation to all.
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+ Great gameplay
+ Smart and well-done storyline
- Lag and the odd freeze
- Short 'campaign'
The area that is explored is built well, and is quite realistic. The randomness of notes and pages to collect within the area makes it that much harder to complete.
The gameplay, whilst short, is enjoyable and contains is very fun when you're running from the Slender Man, but can get boring after a while when you're looking for notes or clues.
Having asked a few friends (remember, I've never finished it before), the game can take as little as 20 minutes. That been said, they all say the game can always be played again and I agree.
out of 10
(not an average)
Slender: The Arrival is a perfect, well-formed game that will invigorate any horror lovers. It's a great sequel to the first, and it doesn't take away any of the core elements of the first that so many people loved. It's a great horror game.