Mini Review: Tormented Souls – A Survival Horror Homage For Genre Nuts Only

A return to horror’s roots.

“This game contains scenes of explicit violence and gore.”

It’s a phrase so familiar to fans of classic survival horror games that its appearance at the start of Tormented Souls almost feels comforting. Since the mid ’00s, the genre has been bent and twisted to keep up with the changing times and the growing fatigue around overused mechanics in franchises like Resident Evil and Alone in the Dark. The classic survival horror tropes of the ’90s — fixed camera angles, stationary aiming, and careful item management — have become all but extinct. Tormented Souls is a love letter to the classic horror games of the ’90s; a true homage that embraces the genre’s origins. It’s a shame, then, that it largely struggles to measure up to such a high benchmark.

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