Review: The Path

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I'm not usually a fan of horror games, but this really intrigues me and I'm not sure why. Considering the price tag, it'd be silly not to give it a go...

Played it, loved it, got creeped out.

When I got to the end of the video supplement review, I was just "..." and had my mouth gaping open. I don't know if I got the balls to play this, but at the same time I want to support this brand of gaming. ARG! So creepy, and yet so powerful to make me feel this way just from brief footage of the game!

I'm with you, slug nut. I've been wanting to get into horror games for a while. I had a good run with RE4, but at the same time this looks like it's something that might keep me up for a week straight with the heebie-jeebies. The game looks so spooky and creepy and the undertones are downright unsettling, but something inside of me keeps telling me to get this game, that I'll grow a little for it. I dunno... from what I understand, in this game "wolf" doesn't mean the creature with fangs and fur and claws, so much as a sexual predator. =(

...CREEPY!

downloading from Steam, better be worth it

After playing and finishing the game, I don't know if I'd call it a horror game, more of a "unnerving" or "creepy" game. It certainly is interesting, if not incredibly SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW experience, and those singing snippets are stuck in my head. I did manage to collect all the items and all the flowers, whoo! ARGH, but the ending is driving me crazy! I know all this "it's a blank slate game" and "You're supposed to take it as you will", but dang it, I feel like I need more to go on!

So confusing... Can't say if I liked the game or not. I suppose I did, since I'm still intrigued by the whole premise. I must not be artsy or smart enough to get everything.

So, much as I hate to necro a thread, I figure it's not that long ago, and this is extremely relevant.

http://tale-of-tales.com/blog/2009/06/07/the-path-prologue-a-new-chapter-free/

Tale of Tales, the people that made The Path, have released a demo version that isn't just a snippet of the game. It's a separate chapter altogether, so that people who already own The Path can experience it as well. I know this sounds like advertising, but I really do support this game because of the contributions it's made to the idea of games as an art form, and now that they've made a demo version for people to try, I'm hoping to spread the awareness of it even more.

I bought the game based on this review.

The sound track is unbearable. Unless there is an option to turn of the music, I cannot play this game.

-$10.

I saw the video and Got INTENSELY interested it sounds like Every thing I think a Horror game should be and Reminds me of an old style game (I'm not some one who highly enjoys good graphics)

as soon as I have 10 dollars to spare I'm purchasing this game

Got it as part of a Steam weekend deal package.

I enjoy THINKING about The Path.
I'm not so sure I enjoy actually PLAYING it.

My further thoughts in a Steam forums post.
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=934267

ffoulksy:
Now that *does* look good - anyone know if there's a UK supplier? (quick google and I couldn't see anything)

I hope so. This game sounds like the kind of horror game that's just been begging to come out. Add some more subtle mindfucks in there, and I'll be glad to call it Silent Hill's evil little sister.

I'm wondering if it's downloadable actually....

EDIT: Just checked, my computer can't hack it :( actually quite gutted about that....

slaithe:
Got it as part of a Steam weekend deal package.

I enjoy THINKING about The Path.
I'm not so sure I enjoy actually PLAYING it.

My further thoughts in a Steam forums post.
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=934267

Way to ressurect a 2 month old thread.

As a forward note check the date of the last post please.

Kind Regards
Will

P.S I've noticed alot of other thread necromancy going on lately. Just now i looked at a 3-4 month old thread about halo being ressurected.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Most of the original fairy tales are hideously brutal. Snow White is about necrophilia, Sleeping Beauty is about rape, Cinderella is about mutilation; AFAICR, Red Riding Hood has all those and cannibalism.

Where in Sleeping Beauty was there rape?

Wounded Melody:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Most of the original fairy tales are hideously brutal. Snow White is about necrophilia, Sleeping Beauty is about rape, Cinderella is about mutilation; AFAICR, Red Riding Hood has all those and cannibalism.

Where in Sleeping Beauty was there rape?

It wasn't a kiss she was wakened by, but something else...

Think of that how you may.

Nice to see a game which avoids mainsteam ideals. $10 isn't bad either, but...something isn't right, about this game for me. It's like when I played resi 5 for the first time. I had gotten so used to running and shooting it felt odd, but I perserved because I thought it would be another resi 4 (that it ain't). This looks odd because I'm used to having clear goals and because it's a game which'll challenge the mind, rather then the trigger finger. I'll try it, but I doubt it'll be for awhile, but I'm looking forward to it.

Willwoms:
P.S I've noticed alot of other thread necromancy going on lately. Just now i looked at a 3-4 month old thread about halo being ressurected.

Everyone keeps saying "use the search bar". Well, what did you expect to happen when something someone wants to talk about has already been covered in a (relatively) recent thread?

On-topic, I've played all the way through The Path with all seven girls. There's a lot to think about in the game, but- aside from seeing what each girl has to say about her associated items or places- there's not a whole lot to go back and DO. Some of the game mechanics- like the girls slowing to a painfully leisure walking speed in certain areas- frustrate the desire to have a second look at everything.

Looks good! I'll definitely give it a try. Thanks for the great review Susan!

Sure this game is scary, but there is nothing to it. I dislike all the praise this "game" is getting for atmosphere and atmosphere ALONE.

Quite glad this has been recently dug up, because I just bought the game this past evening (I know, only four and a half months after my post at the top of the page!) and... well, I don't quite know what to make of it. That's a good thing, in this case.

I wouldn't necessarily describe it as 'fun', but I suspect that was deliberate given the experimental tag. It's enjoyable though, probably because I'm one of those people that likes to explore and think about stuff, so in that respect it's right up my street. The styling is nice, the atmosphere is great and I like the music - it's by Jarboe so that's not a massive surprise, to be fair.

I like what that fella up the page said in the Steam forum topic:

A game for the art appreciator, maybe.

Not really art for the gamer.

The only difference is that I see it as a good thing. I always like to see something a bit different or thought-provoking, and The Path is certainly both of those things. I can actually see myself playing it over to get all the things I'm missing this time around, so I'm considering it well worth the 6.29 it cost me.

I didnt see much horror in this game so I showed it to my english teacher who can find the poetic value of a can of beets(we actually did that) and she was practically in tears the next day.
Im guessing that meens its good, I didnt like it that much though.
s'all right, but its no silent hill

I don't think the ending of the video was a good idea. The sitting down on the bench and wolf comment gave quite a bit away. Still, I would like to check it out now, and yes Homo homini lupus. -Titus Plautus.

how comes i first hear about this now?

Such a shame that this is a PC only game. Being on of the pretentious games-are-art types simply hearing about the game's significance made it a necessity, but my computer can barely process the 1st Diablo without chewing its own hard-drive up in a blistering rage of overheating pain. It's a shame too; I'm not exactly going to buy a new computer simply for this; though it does sound enticing. I did try the demo, and I could feel my computer heaving under the stress. Wait, don't Microsoft have a home console? That behemoth sitting in my room? Can't anybody see the logic in releasing it on Xbox Live?

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