To date, it’s polarised opinion, with IGN awarding it a dreadful 2/10 and calling it “terrible” while Destructoid awarded it full marks, 10/10, heralding it “simply stunning”. If you haven’t yet heard, Deadly Premonition is an open-world, survival-horror game from the developer Access Games.
It’s been out in North America and Japan for over 6 months, but with Rising Star Games recently picking up the rights to publish to EU territories, the psychological terror will be on our fair shores come October 29th of this year for the Xbox 360.
The game’s events – following FBI agent Francis York investigating the mystery behind the brutal murder of a local girl from the town of Greenvale, a rural setting in North West America – recall themes from classic survival horrors of the past, particularly Silent Hill, as Martin Defries, managing director at Rising Star Games, enthuses “we’re delighted to be able to confirm the [UK] release date for Deadly Premonition. [It's a] cult classic in the making, the game continues to divide critics.”
It’s an intriguing proposition to come into a game with no expectations of how you’ll feel towards it. The graphics may look PS2-era, and the mini-games less than appealing (“darts, fishing and collecting trade cards”), but us Midlife Gamer’s don’t care, anything that stands apart from the crowd is good to us. Bring it on.