I can't stop arguing with my bathroom wall in Hell is Others, a bizarre top-down extraction shooter

Personal Picks

Game of the Year 2022

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In addition to our main Game of the Year Awards 2022 (opens in new tab), each member of the PC Gamer team is shining a spotlight on a game they loved this year. We’ll post new personal picks, alongside our main awards, throughout the rest of the month.

I was late to the party on Hell is Others (opens in new tab), in part because I had no idea what to make of it. When I finally got around to giving it a go, not long after it launched in October, I still wasn’t sure what to think: It’s a top-down extraction shooter about a hard-bitten tough guy living in a ramshackle 1950s city, but the city is infested by vaguely insectoid monsters from another dimension, and there’s a yawning chasm in your bathroom wall dispensing advice and prophetic caution. Not your usual noir yarn, to say the least.

It’s definitely weird, and a tough nut to crack, too. There’s very little in the way of gentle onboarding: You’re mostly just thrown into the world and left to figure it out. That plays well to the game’s deliberately obtuse fiction, but unfortunately much of that “figuring out” time is spent in the company of other players—many of whom, as the saying goes, do not wish you well. Developer Strelka Games dropped an update in November that, among other things, made changes to matchmaking to queue newbies and veterans separately, and that helped smooth things out—it’s a lot easier to finish up the entry-level quests when you’re not being mercilessly hunted by people already well-versed in the art of murder, after all.

source: gamezpot.com