Slender: The Arrival Review - Short and Scary

That trick with the credits was awesome! Nice review. =)

p.s.: also my captcha for this post was "be careful". Lol. I wonder if i should prepare myself for some nightma

I paid like 6 bucks for this. Haven't had the opportunity to play through it yet (only the first two levels), but I'm looking forward to it. And I doubt I wasted my money, at least based on what I've seen so far. This review helps. :-)

And yes, I, too, saw what you did there. :-D

looks more interesting than the original, but i found the whole being stalked thing got really old in the first one, but i may try this one out. on a side note i wonder if the "marble hornets" guy is involved at all, see as far as i can see the slender man thing came from his videos.

wolf thing:
looks more interesting than the original, but i found the whole being stalked thing got really old in the first one, but i may try this one out. on a side note i wonder if the "marble hornets" guy is involved at all, see as far as i can see the slender man thing came from his videos.

They were. In quite a big way actually. They wrote the story.

Good review, now that we've got a good set of mechanics down, it'll be interesting to see what they'll do for future games (because they're coming. They are coming.)

wolf thing:
looks more interesting than the original, but i found the whole being stalked thing got really old in the first one, but i may try this one out. on a side note i wonder if the "marble hornets" guy is involved at all, see as far as i can see the slender man thing came from his videos.

Technically they didn't invent Slender Man. It started as a creepypasta thing from somethingawful.com and moved around since then. Marble Hornets was one of the early adopters of the legend, and one of the first (not sure if ACTUALLY the first) video series on it. And their take on the Slender Man is one of my favorites.

Anyway, this game was great. Can't wait to see what Mark Hadley (who developed the original Slender) and the rest can do next.

I haven't beaten it yet but played more than an hour for sure. On the third level. It is really hard at times, but also really really tense. I can barely play more than a level at a time before having to walk away.

I guess it was bring your kid to work day for Slender dad.

So two questions: #1 Where does one buy the game? Not on steam and i refuse Origin. I assume from the Dev's website, but is that it?
#2 What did he do in the credits? I am fine with spoilers i just want to know :P

AgentLampshade:

wolf thing:
looks more interesting than the original, but i found the whole being stalked thing got really old in the first one, but i may try this one out. on a side note i wonder if the "marble hornets" guy is involved at all, see as far as i can see the slender man thing came from his videos.

They were. In quite a big way actually. They wrote the story.

Good review, now that we've got a good set of mechanics down, it'll be interesting to see what they'll do for future games (because they're coming. They are coming.)

Thats good know, those videos were very scary

Newtonyd:

wolf thing:
looks more interesting than the original, but i found the whole being stalked thing got really old in the first one, but i may try this one out. on a side note i wonder if the "marble hornets" guy is involved at all, see as far as i can see the slender man thing came from his videos.

Technically they didn't invent Slender Man. It started as a creepypasta thing from somethingawful.com and moved around since then. Marble Hornets was one of the early adopters of the legend, and one of the first (not sure if ACTUALLY the first) video series on it. And their take on the Slender Man is one of my favorites.

Anyway, this game was great. Can't wait to see what Mark Hadley (who developed the original Slender) and the rest can do next.

cool thanks for that, always good to more thing, no matter what the subject

AgentLampshade:

wolf thing:
looks more interesting than the original, but i found the whole being stalked thing got really old in the first one, but i may try this one out. on a side note i wonder if the "marble hornets" guy is involved at all, see as far as i can see the slender man thing came from his videos.

They were. In quite a big way actually. They wrote the story.

This. Troy "Jay" Wagner, Joseph "Alex" Delange, and Tim "Tim" Sutton.

I'm on the fence about getting this, really. Still not my sort of game, but....

cricket chirps:
So two questions: #1 Where does one buy the game? Not on steam and i refuse Origin. I assume from the Dev's website, but is that it?
#2 What did he do in the credits? I am fine with spoilers i just want to know :P

1. www.slenderarrival.com If you don't have/can't use a credit card, just find yourself a WalMart Money Card and load it. It's also PayPal compatible.
2. Oh, you'll have to watch and see. >:)

Watching that review was intense already for me. Something about being defenseless, having to search for things in the woods, and having something stalk you without making noise scares the crap out of me. I'll admit, I am really good at playing games that deal with horror but this- is a first I am scared to try out. Crap haven't felt that in a long time.

Nice review by the way!

Newtonyd:

wolf thing:
looks more interesting than the original, but i found the whole being stalked thing got really old in the first one, but i may try this one out. on a side note i wonder if the "marble hornets" guy is involved at all, see as far as i can see the slender man thing came from his videos.

Technically they didn't invent Slender Man. It started as a creepypasta thing from somethingawful.com and moved around since then. Marble Hornets was one of the early adopters of the legend, and one of the first (not sure if ACTUALLY the first) video series on it. And their take on the Slender Man is one of my favorites.

Anyway, this game was great. Can't wait to see what Mark Hadley (who developed the original Slender) and the rest can do next.

Yes, actually. Marble hornets was the first Slenderman video series ever made.(the intro video was posted like a week after the original Something Awful post)

OT: Yeah, this game is pretty good. The ending is kind of "meh", but it works for a horror game. Probably going to lead up to a sequel. Can't wait to see whats up next.

Nice touch with the credits there. :D

I dread the influx of crappy Let's Play's on YouTube after this is released(?).

I can't wait to LP this on my channel. Just kidding. Still trying to get through metal gear rising and deadly premonition. I'd love to play this though, especially after the review.

PunkRex:
I guess it was bring your kid to work day for Slender dad.

That wasn't Slender's kid. That was Jeff the Killer! He does look off though. Slender must have "got" him, I guess.

The kid is commonly called 'Masky' and is considered a proxy for Slender. (Although I do wonder if Masky is entirely for or against Slender.)

Caramel Frappe:
Watching that review was intense already for me. Something about being defenseless, having to search for things in the woods, and having something stalk you without making noise scares the crap out of me. I'll admit, I am really good at playing games that deal with horror but this- is a first I am scared to try out. Crap haven't felt that in a long time.

Nice review by the way!

You bet.

Resident Evil?, pffff, I have my pistol & knife, Silent Hill?, pffff, I have my pipe and sometimes my pistol, Dead Space?, pffff, I have my Plasma Cutter that rarely runs out of ammo, but this and Amnesia... good God, I seriously can't even think about playing them without some bodily fluid making it's way to my underwear :S

What about Fatal Frame?

You got a camera and...that's about it.

This does look kind of cool, I definitely might have to try it some day.
However, my real problem with Slender isn't the game itself; it's pleasing to see people trying to utilize the more pulse pounding, tense fear of being helpless in the face of your relentless agressor. However, the fact that a ton of people think that this is something completely and utterly new gets on my nerves.
There were horror games like this as far back as 1995, possibly even earlier. Total omission of combat is an old trope that doesn't get nearly as much use or appreciation as it should, and props to anyone with the skill to utilize it properly, but it's not something new.

Although, there's also the issue that I've kind of gotten used to Slenderman over the past few years. I don't know, the status of being an obscure internet thing made him a little bit more mysterious, and the plethora of terrible "creepypastas" written about him, which end up being more stupid than scary.
Oh, and let's not forget...

I've given the first few levels of this a play and it's not really that scary. However, I found a lot of enjoyment from having other people play the game and have near-breakdowns from not being used to this kind of game. It was worth my $5 in that regard.

I just have to get around to finishing it but I refuse to play it during daylight hours. It really does break the feel.

Pre-ordered for the beta (essentially level 2). Absolutely worth the money even to support both indie development and the advancement of underwear soiling genres. One thing I feel that should be mentioned is how great it looks, and how many graphics options are available. I've played more expensive indie games with higher budgets that are essentially "Fullscreen : y/n" and nothing else. I'm impressed by what they pulled off here.

Tanis:
What about Fatal Frame?

You got a camera and...that's about it.

Its a pretty awesome camera though :)

Wow. It's available for $10. I can afford that. I will purchase.

I was definitely not a fan of Slender, I found it incredibly boring and shallow. Tried playing this just for kicks, but it's completely unplayable on my system, even on lowest details (and it looks like absolute ass). Welp, guess that's that.

Akichi Daikashima:

I dread the influx of crappy Let's Play's on YouTube after this is released(?).

Eh, It's not too bad if you have a good core of go too Let's Players.

Mangaminx and Yogscast's Hannah are mine.

AgentLampshade:

Good review, now that we've got a good set of mechanics down, it'll be interesting to see what they'll do for future games (because they're coming. They are coming.)

Secure Contain Protect?

It is the only logical use of the game engine really.

cricket chirps:
So two questions: #1 Where does one buy the game? Not on steam and i refuse Origin. I assume from the Dev's website, but is that it?
#2 What did he do in the credits? I am fine with spoilers i just want to know :P

You can get it at www.slenderarrival.com

As for what he did in the credits

I'm glad you can complete the game in an hour. I generally can't last 20 minutes of the original slender.

a bit of shame thats its not available on steam. dont like getting it from other sites.

DrunkOnEstus:
Pre-ordered for the beta (essentially level 2). Absolutely worth the money even to support both indie development and the advancement of underwear soiling genres. One thing I feel that should be mentioned is how great it looks, and how many graphics options are available. I've played more expensive indie games with higher budgets that are essentially "Fullscreen : y/n" and nothing else. I'm impressed by what they pulled off here.

I agree! I had to lower my settings a little to be able to capture the footage you see in video, but with everything maxed out it's quite lovely.

I really think that they are being kind of lazy with the overall idea, I know that this is a Slender game so obviously it is about Slender but the "you dont have a weapon and are being chased" kind of game gets old really fast the way they are made now.

Why not have like a roster of 20 different creatures and everytime you start the game only 1 or 2 (maybe even 3 some times) of those spawn (without the player knowing wich ones).

And more, why not add some objects that could be used defensively against the creatures, although each creature would have its weakness (or not, maybe one or two are actually invincible). Maybe one doesnt react well with water and the other slows down with light and etc... the player could find a shotgun in a cabin and then one of the creatures would appear, if you shoot against it maybe it will die, or just slow it down... maybe it just goes through him or he takes the bullets and it makes him bigger or enraged. Have botles of water, flashlights, shovels, gasoline containters, matches, rocks, electric generators, etc... even salt. There could even be more objects that simply dont do shit to let the player decide what can be usefull or not. What if there is this diary that can be burned with a match that can blind one of the creatures?

Why not have "The 8 pages" be hints on how to kill the chosen creatures or escape the place?

Basicly have the game be about the player being in a place and having the tools that he could find in that place while in the presence of something that he doesnt really know about with the player actually having a role in its faith and doing what he can to survive trough out the game.

More monsters could be added from time to time with updates without revealing what they are and their details.

I dont know, Im just spewing ideas to avoid making this jumpscare extravaganza (that as a first concept is a good idea) getting stale with the shitload of copycats that are getting released latelly that dont really add up anything to the original concept.

I wonder if there's a daylight mode because I like scary games but I don't like pooping my pants... which I will... frequently.

In any case, as soon as I get through my backlog of games I think I'll get around to this one. It'll be a nice change of pace from hunting monster to being hunted.

 

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